Abandoning Paradise

Chapter Two     Leaving Greece

There is Amateur Crazy and then ...

There are some of you who wouldn't give a euro for the chances I will make it but that makes it all the more delicious. When someone says something is impossible, that's not a ruling but a challenge.

Cat had a cool idea in that I should contact SYM, makers of my scooter, to tell them what I'm planning on doing.  After they stop laughing, maybe they would be interested in supporting this. Cat takes this much as it was when my ol' Dad would go out racing and my ol' Mother didn't protest. She saw him in a spectacular crash on a corner right in front of her. He ended up with three broken ribs and a back brace after that one. Cat can handle my crazy the same way and I'm diggin' it.

My ol' Mother and she was a smart woman so she knew protesting about things being too dangerous wouldn't have stopped any of us. There was also part of her thinking, well, it is cool to watch when it works. She liked the excitement and there's no chance she was a wimp as she could not have kept up with him if she were. Cat is the same way.

The focus is very much on the ferry ride to Italy just now as that will be fifteen hours at sea.  Thus far in my life, my longest sea voyage was about 19 kilometers going from Tortola to Virgin Gorda.  That was pretty cool as you fly a big jet to Puerto Rico, then take a small plane to Tortola, and then take a boat the rest of the way to Virgin Gorda.  Unless you're filthy rich, that's the only way to get there.  This was back when I actually worked and, if you can, visit there sometime as it has unbelievable blue water gorgeosity.

So, that 'sea voyage' was about twenty kilometers but it looks to be about a thousand kilometers from Patras to Brindisi.  I have no idea about seasickness and Cat has strongly advised getting some Dramamine before leaving and taking it before boarding.

In researching it more I've found the passage if you just rent space on the deck is €64 and it's €85 if you have a ticket for a Pullman chair (much like an airline seat).  I assume the deck space means you will throw out a sleeping bag.  I've got one so why not.  I'm quite sure it will be cold as the temperature was really headed for summer a few weeks back but has fallen back quite a bit and it will definitely be colder out on the water.

The general plan is to update here before I leave for Patras and then I will check in again when I get there and before boarding.  I suppose it's possible but I suspect unlikely that the ferry will have WiFi.  By the way, lose the image of the ferries that crossed the Sydney Harbor as these are gigantic.  The demand must be high for this or they wouldn't have such enormous ships to do it.

So, just a bit of rambling prior to departure.  It's highly scary but that's the same as exciting, just looking at it a different way.  Soon.

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