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Athens to Northcape, via the Balkans

Old 02-28-09, 01:14 PM
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Athens to Northcape, via the Balkans

Planing this route for the summer, should be doing 100km per day and probly resting once in 7 days. how long do people thing this will take? its about 6000km by road, as recomended by AA in england, but a lot is on motorways, which i dnt want to do, so i am not sure how acurate the 6000km is. any idea on time scale would be helpfull, as well as links to blogs of people who done a similar route.

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Old 02-28-09, 01:46 PM
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We're thinking of doing something like this starting in May 2010 in Northcape and finishing in Athens.
Resting once a week is a good idea and about 100km per day is ok (if you're alone). We plan on 500kms per week and than add a bit more (time) to be on the safe side and to smell the roses
Do you just want to get from point A to point B or you have places of interest you'd like to visit on the way?
That would add some more time.
I think 4 months if your in a hurry and 5+ if you take some detours to visit some natural wonders, cities, etc...
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Old 02-28-09, 02:35 PM
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3 months is my max time scale realy, ive been to a fair few of the countries, but greece albania and the scandianavia countries would be of intrest to me. I am thinking that if i start in athens and run out of time then i can just go home to the UK as it will be on the way, plus the initial flights to athens are only 60 euros at the moment.
i will be going on my own
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Old 02-28-09, 03:21 PM
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I passed some of the places you will be heading last summer. I did 6400kms in 70 days (not including a 10 day break I had in Finland, waiting for a friend to fly out to me) but I wish I had slowed down a tiny bit at least.

3 months sounds about right, I liked to get early starts in so that it left time for me to have a look around some places if I wanted to. Northern Scandinavia will be remembered mostly for the ridiculous amount of mosquitoes and the big distances between towns and shops (often 100km apart) so take plenty of food and water. Also a good set of lights for the tunnels in Norway.
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Old 02-28-09, 03:30 PM
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I read your blog, from oslo to istanbul, was good for info and funny, good work
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I went from Athens to Nordkapp via Dubrovnik a few years ago and it took about 9 weeks, none of it on motorways. It was the most awesome cycletour I have ever done. Take as long as you possibly can and stay away from the busy highways.

I did not have an odometer but I probably did about 8000 km. I am a bad cycletourist and I tend to put in long days without stopping to smell the roses and meet the people.
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do you have th exact route you took?
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Ultra-poor route information

Originally Posted by dmitrij View Post
do you have th exact route you took?
Unfortunately my notes for this trip are not very good and I could not afford a camera at the time. Worse, I did not have maps for most of the trip, which did not seem to matter very much because I found good roads simply by asking the locals. Maps of rural roads in Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro may not be that accurate anyway. In northern Greece I hit all kinds of cool villages quite by accident. It does not matter which way you go in Germany, there`s lots of good routes. There`s only one route in Sweden and Finland. Who cares if you get lost in Denmark. It`s a cool place so the longer you spend there the better. Same with Italy. You cannot spend too much time wandering aimlessly in Italy - it`s a fantastic place.

Anyway, here`s the route, roughly:

Athens - Katerini - Skopje - Pristina - then followed Albanian border to Kotor - Dubrovnik - Zadar - Rijeka - Trieste - Innsbruck - Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Lubeck - Puttgarden - Helsingor - Gavle - Sundsvall - Umea - Lulea (this was a pure cycling trip so no cheating by taking ferries across fjords in southern Norway) - Finland - Hammerfest - Nordkapp - Ta da!

I`m a little bit melancholic about it because I rode on the exact spot in Greece where Ian Hibbel was killed last year.


Photo: Our man Ian Hibbel.

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Old 03-02-09, 05:24 AM
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Hi,

it's possible to do it in 3 months (4-5 months would be better) . But I would slow down - may be Venice as starting point.
Athens Venice cloud be another trip.

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IMO time pressure is not good on a trip... some days I just get up and ride sunup to sundown, somedays there's a long hammock siesta in the middle of a day, somedays I stay an extra day where I'm at... I calculate roughly on riding 100 km/day which makes about 70 km/day average including all those lazy days (but I'm getting on a bit... another birthday today!
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I was thinking even 2 months is possible, 10 weeks would be good, as its only baout 6000km, can def cycle 600km every week with no problems.

got a country revolution bike just today, will it be up for the job? only 4oo, seems cheap, but have only heard good things
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