It was always the plan to have two short days yesterday and today.. This was not quite what I had in mind. It was snowing all through the night so when I got going this morning I was pleased to see that it hadn’t settled on the roads.
The temperature was about -3 degrees and I had a headwind though so it wasn’t easy. I just kept telling myself today was a short day and I didn’t get too bothered. After about 10km I hit a climb and by the top it was -7 and the snow had started to settle. It wasn’t very pleasant but cold I can handle. The problem came as I descended the other side.
The snow on the road got thicker and thicker until it was a struggle to ride. The road then changed direction and the wind that had been hitting me in the face, turned to a crosswind. When this happened I could barely stay upright. The wind was blowing me over and I had next to no grip on the icy roads. I had to put my foot down a couple of times in order to stop myself completely coming off.
After about a kilometre I pulled into a petrol station to try and figure out what to do. This is where the ride stopped. I sat there not really knowing what to do. After an hour or so and after a phone call back home I was convinced by the locals not to ride. The owner gave me a hot meal for free, which in hindsight was extremely generous. I don’t think I really appreciated it that much at the time as I was so frustrated. About 2 hours passed and after lots of Greek words I realised that I was being offered a lift to a hotel in the next village. I accepted the offer – although I had to wait another hour before the person arrived. I’m now sitting in a partially heated room not entirely sure about where my dinner is coming from.
Tomorrow – provided the roads are ok to ride on – I’m going to ride back to where I was driven from. It’s a bit of a pain but I couldn’t do this trip and know that I’ve skipped out a section in the middle. My mood is improving but today hasn’t been a great day..
Distance: 24miles / 39km (approx.)
Riding Time: 2:10:00 (approx.)