For my week in Greece, I stayed in Villa de Patricia, in Kifisi, Greece. It’s a villa owned by the guide, James Brown of Bike Greece. The Villa is named after his mother. The place is amazing with marble tiles, a pool, and a bar. I met Megan and we took an exploratory ride around Kifisi and found a café to in the town square. And a turtle or is it a tortoise?
What a day what a ride! I’m exhausted! There was lots of climbing. We split into 2 groups. It was a pretty fantastic group of us. Joel, Megan, the guide James, and myself. I did fairly well on the climbs despite my horrible state of fitness. Greece reminds me of Texas. The terrain was very similar. We started out the day picking some thyme and some other herbs. We had to fasten it to our bikes. If we didnt lose it, we would be lucky i guess. We had a picnic lunch in the middle of the woods. We saw some ruins, visited the home of the banished King, and roamed thru royal grave sites. My favorite single track of the was from the gravesite of the late princess Katherine. It was great fun. We did have a day full of mechanical problems. I had a flat, the guide’s pedal came off, and I think the other group had five flats.
Today, we took a ferry to the island of Avia. It is so beautiful here. The water is so blue. So more climbing today. There was a fun downhill track in the beginning which was a blast. I’m getting pretty strong from all this climbing. I didn’t realize how mountainous Greece was! It’ll be good training for this mountain bike marathon I’ve signed up for in 2 weeks. We had lunch at this little village which has a whistling language. How cool is that! We got a demo and a traditional meal with potatoes and egg. I still have my herbs and no mechanical problems today! For dinner we had seafood. We are staying right next to the ocean. Dinner was fantastic! I’m really enjoying the company. Megan, Jess, Noel are from Australia. Philip, Sue, Dave, James are from UK. I’m the only American ;). Our conversations have been interesting. Joel decided not to join us today. So Megan, James, and I spent the morning riding together. We met up with the rest of the crew at the whistling village. We then checked out an old olive press, a wind farm, and a honey farm. I got a large jar of honey which I had to carry in my pack for a little bit. After that we split up again, rode, and rejoined for dinner. We had such a spread of starters for dinner. Stuffed tomatoes, grilled cheese (literally grilled cheese with no toast, just a piece of cheese grilled), Greek salad, tomato and cucumber salad, grill mushrooms, beans, stuffed pepper. Everything was local and quite delicious. Would you believe that I had a hard time deciding what to have for dinner? They were all local cuisine and sounded delicious. I ended up having stewed octopus, rice, and okra. I had some of Phil’s goat which was also quite yummy. We are going back there for dinner tomorrow so I can try something else.