Summer 2007 Ride!

I have a friend whose name is also Stelios. In fact he is pictured above with his wife, Vasso, walking the small streets of the old town of Kotor, in Montenegro. But... wait a minute! I was there too! Thanks to them...

So, this is how it all started: Sometime during the winter, Stelios talked me into a quite more adventurous ride proposal for the summer of 2007, instead of the usual Alpes: To ride all along the Dalmatian coast from the south to the north. This included some of Greece (quite a lot, actually at 530km's!), all of Albania (another 400+ km's), then Montenegro, and all the coast of Croatia. And just for good measure all 8 km's of the Bosnian coast, too! Take a close look on the back of the t-shirts Stelios and Vasso are wearing! It's the trip, actually! And, yes, they had those t-shirts made on order for us all going along for the ride.

Of course I said YES, and after a couple of meetings with the other friends of Stelios, all members of the Greek On-Off 600+ ( to sort a few details out, we set off on August 4, 2007. Destination: Ioannina, in nortwestern Greece, just 57 km's from the Albanian border...

Six motorcycles gathered: A couple of Suzuki V-Strom 650's, one with a single rider, Dimitris, the other with Panos and Evgenia. A Honda Varadero with Costas and his wife, a KTM 950 Adventure with Stelios and Vasso, a BMW K100 with Nikos and me on my BMW R1100GS.
This is my diary... Enjoy!
The total mileage recorder on the bikes' odometers varied from 2710 (my GPS) to around 2800... Who rally cares? We had such a great time!

The pics in these pages are the ones Vasso and I took.