26th August, Monday
For the very first time we let the Riser app decide for our route today. There were two options to go: Curvy (ca. 4hrs) or Super-curvy (about 5hrs). The latter was already too long for us, so we took the Curvy Road. It wasn’t too bad, as this route still brought us to mountain and scenic views, as well as unending curves. Almost nobody was on the street, this was not a touristic region.
In one of the many curves, we drove way too far on the other lane. And when we thought we were safe to be back on track, we were too close to the edge. Unfortunately, that part of the street had lots of loose small stones. Too late to avoid it, we found ourselves went under tree branches at the side of the street then straight to the small canal by the roadside. We were already on a slow speed, so it was a controlled fall.
After Kay killed the engine, his foot was a bit trap under the GS but he walked out just fine in a minute. On the other hand, Mae was found laying on the ground with her feet still under the bike. The worried Kay approached her and assessed the situation, then Mae spoke, “Oh! “How wonderful laying down here, and just looking at the vast blue sky. It’s totally rejuvenating.” You could imagine a fireball came out from Kay’s ears after she said that. Luckily her foot wasn’t trapped, nothing hurts. Now, a coffee and cookie was what we needed.
Nothing ripped off, damaged or lost. Both of them push and pull the heavy Bavarian Iron-lady back to vertical, then Kay could even drive the GS out of the canal. Here we go.
The next kilometers of riding surprised us even more with curvy roads. It was slowly getting dark. We decided to inquire for accommodation near Distrato Village. Not so far from here, there is a guesthouse as the villages here are famous for hiking and canyoneering on the mountain of Smolikas. The hiking season had already ended, and this guesthouse organized a party the previous night. When we arrived late afternoon, the staff just started their day and were busy packing their stuff as they planned to leave the village the next day for their off-season vacation. We asked if we could book dorm beds for the night, but they declined. Instead, they offered a space in their backyard for us to pitch our tent at no cost. Of course, we agreed, also we were allowed to use their facilities, like toilet and shower room. While we were seated at the garden, the staff got curious of how we ended up at their village. We exchanged stories and at the end – we were offered an upgrade from pitching a tent to a heated twin-bed room – for free. They could not offer linen, towels or a breakfast so it will be free for us. We just have to use our sleeping bags. Definitely better than in a tent, and we don’t need to pitch and pack it again. Maybe that was also a help, biker-to-biker. The guy is riding a decent Moto Guzzi 🙂
It’s a good night rest for all of us,H1