Day 201 – EU – Greece [Neo Perivolo to Larissa]

10th September 2020
Run: 38.7km

A serene and quiet run amongst the fields of the Thessalian Valley – and a cycling crew for the last 25km

I woke up earlier than usual this morning to catch the 5:30 to Volos. The bus dropped me at the station where I finished yesterday – in the middle of nowhere! The bus departed and I was left in complete darkness. Exciting! I knew I would be running on very quiet country roads today, I was not afraid of traffic. There is something very magical running in pitch dark in an unknown place. 30mn into the run all the roosters started singing, accompanied by the local dogs. Then the sky got brighter. And before soon the light was on.

Today’s environment was… endless fields – and the empty road I was running on. Before the entry into Larissa, I had crossed paths with less than 10 cars. High humidity was covering the landscape with a translucent veil. It is normally possible to see Mount Olympus from the road – but today there was no way to tell where it was!

About 15km into my run, Christos met me on his bike. I met Christos yesterday after lunch. I was walking out of the taverna and he came to shake my hand as he had recognised me (and BoB the stroller mostly!) from the recent publications on Facebook. He said he would meet me on the road… and he did! The run was very pleasant, as it is, when you chat your way through.

Christos is a cyclist and he was appalled when, after yet another flat tyre, I pulled out a tube with over 10 patches on, to replace it with another that had… over 10 patches on! He decided our run will end at Nestor’s Bike place. It seemed reasonable to me. He treated me to some patches (I had quite understandably run short of them) and three brand new tubes. It felt like Christmas! How generous of him 🙂

I am looking forward to exploring the streets of Larissa, the 4th biggest city in Greece. Tomorrow I am running to Rapsani, a very popular wine region of the country. There will be some sampling!

Check my daily run GPS data on Garmin or Strava (icons top right of your screen) – here is the map of today’s run: