All together for 1000 Pedals

At the beginning of 2013, an idea was going round in my mind ‘’do a bike trip in the Peloponnese”. A trip to join cycling this wonderful part of Greece and thus promote the use of bicycles. My aim was to meet as many cyclists as possible and share the trip all together.

At the spring, I was ready. The starting and the ending point of the cycling tour was the town of Argos, my city of birth. My goal was to cycle 1000km in a period of a week and pass from the 12 towns of Peloponnese.  One of the basic sponsors of my adventure was the Municipality Argos – Mycenae, something that made me feel happy.

Having started the preparation for the cycling tour, the hard training commenced. This meant cycling routes of 120-150km, at various heights and high temperatures, so as to be similar to the conditions of my tour. At the same time, I should have time for the sponsors, the preparation of the bicycle and the organization of the trip.

After 5 months and 5500 km, I was finally ready. Taking into account the messages I had received on Facebook, I realized that many people would join the cycling trip from all the cities I would pass. Of course, this was the goal of the trip.

At the end of August, I travel from Florina, where I live, to Argos. On the 2nd of September, at 8 o’ clock I was out of the City Hall, ready to begin.

The tour was difficult, something that I knew from the first time. The first 3 days, I was cycling on the highest mountains of Peloponnese.  I won’t forget the climbing on Kolosourti till to Tripoli, with the magnificent view to Argolic plain, the hard but interesting climbing of 30km until Kosma, and the ride next to the canyon, during the climbing to Taygetos mountain.

The 4th day, I passed through the olive grove of Kalamata, next to the amazing beaches of West Peloponnese and I cycled until Amaliada. The admiration on the faces of people who welcomed me in their town, the respect in the eyes of children who cycled with me was priceless emotions.

The 5th day I passed the town of Patra and I moved to the South.  I was passing from one coastal city to the next one, next to the Korinthiakos Gulf. I was cycling fast, because I should cover a distance of 200km.

The 6th day, I passed the town of Korinthos and I moved towards the most east part of Peloponnese.  I felt tired, but I was full of wonderful feelings, and this was above the tiring. I passed Epidauros, Galatas for ending up in the village of Ermioni, late in the evening.

The last day, the 7th one, of the tour I was full of emotion. At the last mountain of the trip, the Twin Mountain, I was climbing at a slow pace, because I didn’t want this climbing to finish. On the one hand I was happy because I had achieved my goal. A project which had lasted 8 months from the planning to the implementation. On the other hand, this trip was going to finish.

I was feeling joy, pleasure, pain, anguish, longing, sadness… All these feelings that make a journey memorable.

I finished at the football field of Argos, in the afternoon of 8th of September, in the embrace of my wife Alexia and my family. Everything was wonderful!

The message that may come up from this trip is that the road should always unite us, regardless of how many pedals are used by each of us.

For more information about my trip, please visit my site:

http://xilies-petalies-oloi-mazi.blogspot.gr/

An article by Spyros Karatzoulis

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