Athens to London in 1983 - CycleBlaze

Athens to London in 1983

Bicycling across Europe before My Beard Turned Gray

By Bill Stone
5,111 km (3,174 miles) over 73 days between May 10, 1983 and Jul. 21, 1983
A 2010 Introduction to a 1983 Journal heart 3
Dress Rehearsal Ride and Unplanned Visit to the Emergency Room heart 3

Greece

Day 1: Welcome to Greece heart 0
Day 2: "Hellas is a very beautiful country" heart 2
Day 3: On the Road to the Blue Dolphin heart 1
Day 4: Getting in the Groove heart 1
Day 5: From the Peloponnesus Back to the Mainland heart 1
Day 6: Lovely Fasa, Grecian Maid heart 1
Day 7: The Road Disintegrates heart 1
Day 8: From Greece to Touristville heart 1
Day 9: Corfu and the Club Romantica, part one heart 1
Day 10: Corfu and the Club Romantica, part two heart 2

Italy

Day 11: Ferry to Italy heart 2
Day 12: Splitsville, Italy heart 3
Day 13: Tunnel of Gloom, Mountain of Doom heart 2
Day 14: "Piano, piano" heart 1
Day 15: On the Busy Highway along the Coast heart 1
Day 16: The Train heart 1
Day 17: Riding in the Italian Rain heart 2
Day 18: More Rain heart 1
Day 19: To Guastalla heart 1
Day 20: "Don't Bother with the Local Girls" heart 1
Day 21: Along the Po River to Castel San Giovanni heart 1
Day 22: Out of the Valley and Up the Mountain heart 1
Day 23: Last Night in Italy heart 1

France

Day 24: Into France heart 1
Day 25: The Cote d'Azure heart 1
Day 26: Cannes, part one heart 1
Day 27: Cannes, part two heart 0
Day 28: On the Road Again heart 2
Day 29: Leaving the French Coast heart 2
Day 30: Bikeless in Avignon heart 2
Day 31: Another Train Ride heart 2
Day 32: Into the Jura Mountains heart 2
Day 33: "Je mange pour deux" heart 2

Switzerland

Day 34: Into Switzerland in the Rain heart 1
Day 35: Riding in the Swiss Rain heart 2
Day 36: Along the Lakes and Over the Mountains, Flapping and Rubbing heart 2
Day 37: Repair Job and Masked Ball in Basel heart 1

France Again

Day 38: Down the Rhine, part one heart 1
Day 39: Down the Rhine, part two heart 2
Day 40: "Ou est le grand ouvrage de la Ligne Maginot?" heart 2
Day 41: A Day Underground heart 1

Germany

Day 42: Pedaling into Industrial Germany heart 1
Day 43: The Valley of the Riesling Grape heart 1
Day 44: Moselweinstrasse heart 1
Day 45: Turning toward the Netherlands heart 1

Netherlands

Day 46: Learning about Irish Bicycles heart 1
Day 47: Mat and Erich in Groesbeek heart 1
Day 48: You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows in Gelderland heart 1
Day 49: Bad Guts Pushing Pedals in Friesland heart 2
Day 50: Across the Afsluitdijk heart 2
Day 51: "Why are you wearing such a ridiculous helmet?" heart 2
Day 52: Hard Plastic Chairs in Amsterdam heart 2
Day 53: Two Flats and Four Young Ladies heart 2
Day 54: The Orloogsmuseum and Two More Flats heart 2

Belgium and Luxembourg

Day 55: Into the Ardennes heart 2
Day 56: Luxembourg and Bastogne heart 2

France Again, Again

Day 57: The Schwerpunkt Reaches Sedan and Crosses the Meuse heart 2
Day 58: Like a Boat Fighting through Waves heart 2
Day 59: Baby Got New Shoes heart 2
Day 60: Reaching the English Channel heart 2
Day 61: Camping by the Seine heart 2
Day 62: Pegasus Bridge and 4th Indian Division heart 2
Day 63: Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, Pointe du Hoc heart 2
Day 64: Utah and Cherbourg heart 2

United Kingdom

Day 65: Amphibious Assault across the English Channel heart 2
Day 66: Rest Day in Weymouth heart 2
Day 67: Tank Museum and Screaming Midnight Suicide Peloton heart 2
Day 68: Stone at Stonehenge heart 3
Day 69: The Jedi Knights of Winchester heart 2
Day 70: Last Wind Blows in My Direction heart 2
Day 71 - 73: London and Done heart 2

Summary, postscript, equipment list

Summary heart 0
A 2010 Postscript to a 1983 Tour heart 5
Equipment List heart 0