Route Part 1 version 2 - Athens to Kosovo
About a month ago I published my intended route through Greece and I asked for comments and I got some that has made me rethink my route. I was planning on heading west in Greece to the Albanian border and then through central Ablania to Montenegro. I'm now planning on heading north through Greece to Macedonia and on to Kosovo (here is a link to the rough route)
The plan is now to head north out of Athens, taking the back roads to Thiva (60km). From Thiva its then on to Lavadia (110km) and on to Lamia (200km) over the next 2-3 days. Larissa will be the next city on the route at 300km, I expect this to take 2 days from Larissa. I'm going to aim for Polyfytos Reservoir at 400km, which I'll cross via the 1.3km bridge, within approximately 8 days.
Once across the lake it's a straight run to the Macedonian border at Niki (530km) roughly 3 days later and the first Macedonian city of Bitola (550km) and a rest day.
The aim will then be to head north to Skopje (730km), to get to Skopje I'll be crossing the first mountain pass of the journey near Gorno Jabolchishte at 2300 meters. I expect it will take roughly 4-5 days to get to Skopje depending on the weather and conditions it the mountains.
From Skopje, its 40km to the border with Kosovo at Elez Han and on into Kosovo. In Kosovo I hope to pick up an extension to the Via Dinarica, mapped by Eva as part of her Via Dinarica project (link to her route here)