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Tour from Athens to Zakynthos

Old 12-29-15, 06:06 PM
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Tour from Athens to Zakynthos


To ride from Athens to Zakynthos seeing as much as I can during that time, taking photos, etc, all alone, on a rented road bike (cheaper that way). The plan is:

1st day 170km from Athens to Nafplio
2nd day 240km from Nafplio to Finikounta
3rd day resting
4th day 190km from Finikounta to Killini, and to Zakynthos by ferry
5th day resting in Zakynthos
6th day 100km around Zakynthos


The end of May.

Current stamina

The longest distance I have done this year was 200km a day on a hybrid bike, and 100km a day on a road bike, in September. Right now it's worse, I regularly ride ~30km on a road bike. But I have 4-5 months of training.


1. Can I train myself for this tour in 4-5 months?
2. I'll be riding a rented bike
3. What about a bike, if you sleep in a cheap hotel?
4. The safety - I'll be riding alone.
5. Getting food/drink when doing a ride.
6. Boredom?
7. The wind, but I hope in Greece it won't be much of a problem.

Any suggestions? Maybe another place? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 12-29-15, 06:18 PM
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it's ambitious but doable. don't plan on seeing much of anything.

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Sounds awesome, quite ambitious, but awesome! I'm jealous, and wish you the best of luck!
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