A photoshoot at Hadrian’s Arch to show our best sides, followed by a convoy out of Athens. Final thoughts of Athens prompted by someone saying “it’s a poor city”. How to define poor or rich? Economic, appearance, social, cultural, health outcomes, happiness? How easy to draw conclusions from a slither of experiences. It felt safe, litter free. We’ve seen multicultural districts, rough at edges and posh places. So poor? It felt good to us.

After only 10km our so we we’d left Athens and fairly into sparsely populated countryside. First good ascent and descent is a portent of things to come. Time to get into a rhythm. But first to enjoy the spring flowers and surprisingly arable landscape. Then to check what is written on the election poster a friendly local insisted I took at a cafe stop…..

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