The stint of the super #LoneGalloperOverland #AdriaticCircle #Expedition. After a 10 hour overnight ferry ride across the Adriatic from Igoumenitsa (Greece) to Bari (Italy) having slept on tables and windowsills (floor was too soft) we're back in Italy and bearing down on Rome. 4500 plus kilometers driven so far.
#LoneGalloperOverland #AdriaticCircle #Expedition. It's our last day in #Greece. We're in #Igoumenitsa right now getting ready to ship out to #Bari, #italy.
We spent the last two days on the isle of #Corfú AKA #Kerkyra. We rented out two scooters and an ATV and went beach hunting. Pietro had the time of his life, his long dangly and dirty hair blowing in the wind whilst Beto struggled with his slow and noisy MadMax ATV. Filippo on the other hand was in his element, although was afraid to ride behind Beto's ATV as after its morphed into a flame thrower. After two days and a very very cold night we came up empty with more than 100 klicks on the clock.... Packing up now for a 10 hour and very glamorous overnight "boat trip".#GYSOT #beachhunting #ATV (was a sucker of a thing. 40 mph max and as loud as a friggin jet fighter.
Tonight we board a 0030 (tomorrow morning to be precise) ferry to Bari, Italy.
After a stellar night the Lone Galloper Overland crew is happy to say that we got the car out! It took quite some time: we some of the gear from the truck so to shed some weight. The Galloper is a fat girl herself and we came in weighing just over the three metric tons mark.
We woke up to the rolling thunder of breaking waves. We had made camp in the middle of a pitch black night and were pleasantly surprised by the view. We had stumbled upon a gorgeous beach in Lefkada. We packed our tents and drove back to a structure we had seen the night before, low and behold a legitimate beach bar.
We had a great night on the Horn of Halkidiki. Locals partying in the distance gave us a private fireworks show to wrap up the day as we sipped wine. Today was a gruelling day. We drove 768km to get to Lefkada. We are having dinner in a local tavern as its far past nightfall and we haven't found camp yet. Wish us luck, Alberto is eating the whole table.
Paradise. We had found it. After yesterdays terrible night we argued a trail for a couple of hours putting the Galloper through its paces. Once back into civilization and gathering local intel over coffee we went to refuel and resupply. A BBQ was in order for the night. We reached this beach on the Horn of Halkidiki and as tire pressures dropped heart rates increased. We were enraptured! The sand, the view, the water. A perfect spot. Karma was on our side... for a few hours at least.
We went for swims, reset the truck and enjoyed some good food. Tomorrow Lefkada.
After a cool night with rain tapping on our tents we made a break for it. The weather has been hounding us for days and we are betting on heading northeast to Thessaloniki for a break. We're in the #Meteora region in #Greece where monasteries were built by monks. Meteora literally means "hovering in the air" hence meteors. The monastery behind us is built on top of a rocky outcrop mountain. Founded and build in 1517. Pretty incredible to see! Imagine how those "dudes" built such an imposing structure. It is Absolutely mind boggling. We did not expect to find anything like it in the middle of the Greek mainland. We're in Thessaloniki now having a beer and resetting our bearings. Frag order is we're to push out soon to find a suitable camp site.
Our day was quite adventurous. It's surprizing how the environment, scenery, mood and atmosphere change in just a few yards. We drove to the Albania - Greece border today. Easier read than done.
Day two in Albania. Had a fun drive through the Albanian coast-side country, went up over a couple mountains and found a stupendous beach. Excited and happy we chilled only to get hit by a flash storm [pretty sure t's the same weather-front that got us in Tirana]. #thecalmafterthestorm . #galeforcewinds and #rain kept us running around after flying tents and our dinner got trashed ....so we just went for a swim in the rain. #roadtripping life I guess.... We met a vegan frenchman and a carnivorous New Zealand chick and decided we invited them over for dinner. They had been hitc-hiking for weeks and had met on the road. If I remember correctly the Vegan-now-vegeterian-by-circumstance-frenchman had been hitch-hiking from Paris and wanted to get all the way to Sri Lanka. I'm not sure what he would do once he gets there; I immagine he'll have a Forrest Gump moment...
"I think I'll go home now..."
Turn around, and go.
"We forgot your name dude but if you're reading this
We hope you're well and safe! take care!" LGO Crew
Still in #Albania heading to Greece tomorrow.
Last night we had a blast. This morning held a spectacle that we'll remember for a while. It should be a story by itself under "The people you meet". Poker faces and taught lips we endured a lecture by what could be a movie character in an 'old' tarantino film. He'll go by the name of Carbone, G. Carbone. So G. Carbone is a 50something fellow Italian man who moved to Montenegro last year because "it's the most fantastic country in the world" [read that with a heavily marked Italian accent, please, do it].
Fun night yesterday.... we thought we were going to party hard core. Reality check: by midnight Alberto was gazing into his drink, Pietro was beginning to show signs of turrets syndrome as he watched the entertainers dance and Filippo was hungry. We decided that it would be best if we acknowledged our inability to enjoy the night and just go sleep.
The lakes we gorgeous. But we didn't really really enjoy the whole "gotta pay for everything" theme. We headed south today to the Isle of Pag in Croatia. We drove through barren countryside and sat in excruciatingly long traffic jam. Let me remind you that we have no AC in the car and temperatures hit 40°+ celcius (104°F). We're in Pag right now and the plan is to relax and visit this lively town.
All day Alberto has been discreetly saying he doesn't feel very well. Not surprising since he slept in his underpants and woke up shaking like a maracas on the night of day 1 and driving all day and through the night yesterday.
Long day on the intrepid #LoneGalloperOverland #roadtrip . Close to unbearable heat during the day a hella cold night... #istria is not very accommodating... We vote 2/10 if you're looking for independent #roughcampingand road tripping.. We decided to move to a different region and try our luck at the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is late at night now and we're still on the road; and Alberto is sick with heavy fever...