LETTERS FROM VINCENT

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I WROTE VINCENT THE FOLLOWING LETTER:
vincent,
I just told my roommates the “are you seeing someone else?” joke, they loved it. Had a great time with Natasa, she’s a special person.
The hostels are so cheap and they ALL come with breakfast. I’m moving to different neighborhoods, a week at each. I actually like my breakfast more than theirs. but theirs is included. Its about 11 Euro per night. I’m moving to the Asian side tomorrow. It` ‘s pretty cheap here it’s the off season, there’s some good deals.
I’ll be here till Dec. 20
I had a great time hanging out with you. Thanks for getting us accommodation at Yannis’s.
Is that your flag in the photo?
Ride On
Jeff

HIS REPLY:

Hey Jeff !!!

It was more than a good time riding with you Jeff… I was shown a good way to travel with you.. So thanks a lot “professional bike walker” master..

Well. it must be the way to do Istanbul, one neighborhood every week. I’ll do that another trip.
I got back yesterday in Thessaloniki from a 10 days ride around the Halkidiki peninsula (I was in it last time I emailed you).. It was not just awesome… but wonderful.. I did so fuckin good Jeff !!! You would be proud of me ! 😉 But well, maybe the greek flag helped 😉
I’m gonna make an email to the people I met during these 10 days. I’ll put you in copy mail..

See ya man

Ride on ride on

THIS HIS HIS TRIP LETTER WITH PHOTOS

Hi everybody !!!

I just got back yesterday in Thessaloniki from my 10 days ride in Halkidiki. And it was not just awesome, because you, people, made it wonderful…

So to thank you for your precious contribution to the best ride of all my trip, I’m sending you this email, so that you’ll all have the whole story.. and also the pictures (some of them). I put also several people in copy mail, to let them know, in case they would want it 😉

Day 1 : to get to heaven, you first have to go through a nightmare : gettin out of Thessaloniki (goddamned, that was dangerous !). Fortunately, fisherman hosted me on “their” beach (picture 1) in Michaniona… they were fishing with strange things (picture 2). Thanks for the coffee and the great conversations about the crisis and the women.

Day 2 : deciding to wild camp next to the most beautiful chapel in Halkidiki (picture 4), with incredible view over Olympus and its first snow, and enjoy its facilities (shower is good after a late november swim in the Med’), that farmer and this fisherman invited me for a good meal… Language is not a barrier after a liter of Tchipouro !!!!

Day 3 : pictures with kids in Nea Moudania (5) – goddamn teenagers, it took me a lot of energy to get that picture – before getting in Psakoudia, its beach, its showers, and the best of all : Yannis !!! (7)…. Thanks for everything Yannis, the food, the drinks, your kindness, the great conversations we had… and also for the negotiation with the police (6) 😉

Day 4 : I just wanted some tobacco guys !!! (8) But thanks !! And before getting to Agios Ioannis beach, I found a couple of crazy guys in a gas station who wanted to do a bike tour I think 😉 (9 and 10).. That night, I got into such a big mediterranean windstorm.. In the tent, it was like trying to sleep hung to a kite.. But, I was saved by a UK ambulance in this “out there”. Thanks mathew !

Day 5 : I could make it to Neas Marmaras, just before it started to rain cats and dogs, and found a cheap and good hotel there (on the seaside, of course…)

Day 6 : the 25 km ride to Toroni, following the coastal road was amazing… and I was just alone in paradise (I saw one car during this 25 km ride !!).. Before getting to a beach in Toroni where I found some lost french people like me (12).. Merci pour les saucisses et les champignons aux petits oignons.. C’etait super bon !!!

Day 7 : Had to climb and to find a shelter for the night (I knew it was going to be heavy rain that night).. I did pretty good 🙂 (13). Thank you (well, whoever you are) for the site, the water supply and the electricity

Day 8 :gorgious ride and wild camp on the east side of Sithonia (from 14 to 18), around Sarti… Ouah !!!!

Day 9 : awesome ride once again but I wanted to find a spot with electricity and take shower.. It wasn’t difficult in Vourvourou (19)

Day 10 : I’m gonna go back to thessaloniki today… Or maybe not… In the end of little peninsula in Vourvourou, Christos and Harris, spontaneously, wanted me to enjoy one more day in one of the best site in Sithonia.. So, they just offered (yes, offered) me a room for the entire day (and night) in their hotel Thalassokipos (20 to 22).. That was “la cerise sur le gateau” !!!

So, thank you so very much !!! That ride was better than anything I could have imagined, and a great conclusion for an amazing month-long trip in northern Greece.

Tomorrow, I’m going to Kriti. You almost all told me it was going to be better. Well, I really wonder how it’s possible !
We’ll see..
To be continued…
βινσεντ τουσαρ

I HOPE THESE LETTERS ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAKE A CAR-FREE VACATION, IT CAN BE AWESOME. THIS IS VINCENT’S FIRST BIKE TOUR ADVENTURE, HE ACTUALLY BOUGHT THE BIKE FOR THE TRIP. HE DIDIN’T BIKE BEFORE THIS TRIP.
TAKE CARE
JEFF
(working on a blog post) stay tuned

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