goes East - 6
Gordon and Jennifer Hesketh-Jones
have joined the MG Italia event in Greece following a long ferry
crossing from Italy and now report on the delights of sightseeing
in the cool of the mountains and driving on interesting roads where
V8 power is useful. (10.5.05)
sending this report from an internet cafe at the ancient town of
Sparta, and the really good news is that only about 15% of the keyboard
is different to the normal UK/USA version! I had been dreading being
faced with a cyrillic keyboard!
First impressions of Greece - well it is too soon for any
firm impressions - but it is a place blessed by continual sun but
cursed by continual un-restricted development in the coastal fringes.
Our first night stop was at Loutraki, an unpleasant combination
of the worst parts of Blackpool and Clacton-on-Sea. Matters improved
however as soon as we went up into the mountains for a panoramic
trip to one of the many ancient Greek temples. Full details of those
details of visits will follow in a proper article for Safety
Fast! in due time.) The long slow MG convoy (sadly!) broke up
and Albert/Ireene Hagdorn in their LHD RV8 and ourselves had a lovely
run at our own speeds along empty mountain roads with spectacular
views. The day finished at an excellent new hotel, the King Minos
at Tolos where most of us had rooms giving beautiful views across
the bay and the islands. Many enjoyed the pool before the Greek
Dancers arrived to give us a display, with much hilarity as MG people
tried to emulate the professionals.
Today's run took us further North into real mountains, and although
the temperature at sea level had been 35C, there was still snow
at some of the mountains of 6,500ft and more. We had a fantastic
climb up the road from Napfoli to Tripoli which has been given "E"
road status by Brussels so has been the subject of EU vast expenditure.
There are countless first or second gear hairpins - great fun -
probably knocked 15% off the rear tyre's life but well worth it.
Petrol at major suppliers like Shell is around 62p/litre, but there
are numerous smaller local
- MG Car Club
Ouzo effect - Greek dancing with MGers at Tolo. (Photo:
petrol suppliers presumably who buy on the Rotterdam "spot"
market and their price is around 50p/litre.
Will sign off now and try to download my photos - save them onto CD
the select one or two to send to you. (Unfortunately it proved impossible
to send them so we hope to have them later).
Reports from Gordon
Hesketh-Jones so far
goes East 11
goes East 10
goes East 9
V8 goes East 8
V8 goes East 7
V8 goes East 6
V8 goes East 5
V8 goes East 4
V8 goes East 3
Preparations for the trip
Reports from Bob Owen on the MG Italia
Additional photos from Bob Owen
Final report from Bob Owen
Second report from Bob Owen
Report from Bob Owen on the MG Italia