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Athens to London in 1983


Bicycling across Europe before My Beard Turned Gray

5,111 km (3,176 miles) over 73 days from May 10, 1983 to July 21, 1983

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Road bikes, 1-3 months, First tour
Locale: Europe
Year: 1983

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/6388

Copyright © 2010-2014 By Bill Stone

Status: Completed Jan 2010
Last update: Sunday January 31, 2010 16:42 (US/Pacific) (edited Thu 8 May 2014 21:08 (US/Pacific))
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Me in 1982, a few months before heading to Europe


Table of Contents

A 2010 Introduction to a 1983 Journal
Dress Rehearsal Ride and Unplanned Visit to the Emergency Room
Greece
      Day 1: Welcome to Greece
      Day 2: "Hellas is a very beautiful country"
      Day 3: On the Road to the Blue Dolphin
      Day 4: Getting in the Groove
      Day 5: From the Peloponnesus Back to the Mainland
      Day 6: Lovely Fasa, Grecian Maid
      Day 7: The Road Disintegrates
      Day 8: From Greece to Touristville
      Day 9: Corfu and the Club Romantica, part one
      Day 10: Corfu and the Club Romantica, part two
Italy
      Day 11: Ferry to Italy
      Day 12: Splitsville, Italy
      Day 13: Tunnel of Gloom, Mountain of Doom
      Day 14: "Piano, piano"
      Day 15: On the Busy Highway along the Coast
      Day 16: The Train
      Day 17: Riding in the Italian Rain
      Day 18: More Rain
      Day 19: To Guastalla
      Day 20: "Don't Bother with the Local Girls"
      Day 21: Along the Po River to Castel San Giovanni
      Day 22: Out of the Valley and Up the Mountain
      Day 23: Last Night in Italy
France
      Day 24: Into France
      Day 25: The Cote d'Azure
      Day 26: Cannes, part one
      Day 27: Cannes, part two
      Day 28: On the Road Again
      Day 29: Leaving the French Coast
      Day 30: Bikeless in Avignon
      Day 31: Another Train Ride
      Day 32: Into the Jura Mountains
      Day 33: "Je mange pour deux"
Switzerland
      Day 34: Into Switzerland in the Rain
      Day 35: Riding in the Swiss Rain
      Day 36: Along the Lakes and Over the Mountains, Flapping and Rubbing
      Day 37: Repair Job and Masked Ball in Basel
France Again
      Day 38: Down the Rhine, part one
      Day 39: Down the Rhine, part two
      Day 40: "Ou est le grand ouvrage de la Ligne Maginot?"
      Day 41: A Day Underground
Germany
      Day 42: Pedaling into Industrial Germany
      Day 43: The Valley of the Riesling Grape
      Day 44: Moselweinstrasse
      Day 45: Turning toward the Netherlands
Netherlands
      Day 46: Learning about Irish Bicycles
      Day 47: Mat and Erich in Groesbeek
      Day 48: You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows in Gelderland
      Day 49: Bad Guts Pushing Pedals in Friesland
      Day 50: Across the Afsluitdijk
      Day 51: "Why are you wearing such a ridiculous helmet?"
      Day 52: Hard Plastic Chairs in Amsterdam
      Day 53: Two Flats and Four Young Ladies
      Day 54: The Orloogsmuseum and Two More Flats
Belgium and Luxembourg
      Day 55: Into the Ardennes
      Day 56: Luxembourg and Bastogne
France Again, Again
      Day 57: The Schwerpunkt Reaches Sedan and Crosses the Meuse
      Day 58: Like a Boat Fighting through Waves
      Day 59: Baby Got New Shoes
      Day 60: Reaching the English Channel
      Day 61: Camping by the Seine
      Day 62: Pegasus Bridge and 4th Indian Division
      Day 63: Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, Pointe du Hoc
      Day 64: Utah and Cherbourg
United Kingdom
      Day 65: Amphibious Assault across the English Channel
      Day 66: Rest Day in Weymouth
      Day 67: Tank Museum and Screaming Midnight Suicide Peloton
      Day 68: Stone at Stonehenge
      Day 69: The Jedi Knights of Winchester
      Day 70: Last Wind Blows in My Direction
      Day 71 - 73: London and Done
Summary
A 2010 Postscript to a 1983 Tour
Equipment List


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