For the past two months, I have been living in Athens, and everything is going well. More than well in fact, which leaves me in something of a quandary when it comes to travel, bicycle touring, and in particular this blog. The reason is, I had started to narrow down its focus to bicycle touring and related gear reviews. As my bicycle touring plans are now on hold though, I need to redefine what Daves Travel Pages is about, and where it should go from here.
Athens and Bicycle Touring
The obvious choice, would be to combine the subjects of bicycle touring, Athens, and Greece together. This would give the blog some continuity, direction, and would still tell a story. The one slight problem to all of that, is I haven't actually got a bike here in Athens. My expedition bicycle is back in England, and I haven't got around to buying a bike of any description here so far.
Ahh, there she is – Isn't she a beauty?! Anyway, if I want to push this travel blog in that direction, I will need to get a bike. I guess I could buy one here in Athens, but it wouldn't be suitable for bicycle touring, and I would probably end up with a road bike. Thing is, I am not a ‘roady', and I don't look like one. I'm built more like a heavyweight boxer really. Plus I look shit in lycra. The other issue is that I would be paying out say 200 Euros for a bike which isn't really me, whilst I have my custom built bike stored away back in England. Surely it would make more sense to get that bike to Athens then?
This leaves me with the problem of how I intend to get my bike from England to Athens. Originally, my plan was to cycle around the world, so transporting the thing was never going to be an issue, as I would simply have ridden it everywhere. Now though, I have to work out the best way of getting it here. There are several possible options which could include any, or combinations of, the following – Plane, rail, bus, cycling, van, and ferry. In addition to that, I have a couple of smaller trips within Greece already planned, which narrows down the time I have available to do it. Oh, and I am also earning my living doing freelance writing work at the same time. You know, when I was thinking back in November when exactly I should quit my job to travel, I thought I would have a lot more free time than I do now!
And yet, by some miracle, I seem to have created a seamless link between writing about bicycle touring and Athens. Working out how to get the bike here, and then doing it will provide the first bridging piece, and then once it is here, I can start creating more specific articles. Daves Travel Pages – Bicycle Touring in Greece. Sounds like a good name for a blog!