May 6, 2019
Finally, on the long awaited big day, I arrived in Athens. My flight landed fifteen minutes earlier than expected and that's good because I took longer to ride my bike than expected and the road was difficult, not because of the gradient or the wind but because it is almost impossible to travel in a straight line of the aero Port of Athens to my destination, Hotel Acropolis Piraeus in Piraeus, except perhaps if you take a motorway. After a couple of hours, I was going around in circles. I ended up following the advice of two Athenians and made a bit of the train ride to avoid the worst. Less than a kilometer from my arrival, my cell phone that served as my GPS ran out of power. Fortunately, the nice owner of a café helped me out; a socket to recharge my cell phone, a good fresh orange juice and instructions to put me on the right path. In the end, I arrived at the Acropolis Hotel around 3:00 p.m. I took a little nap (I didn't sleep during my flight) and after walking a lot, I found the perfect restaurant to complete my day. Results, about fifty km by bike, 11,850 steps and the belly full. I'm ready to make the discovery of Greece. Here's a good part of the journey I've taken.
And here are pictures of my first day in Athens.