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Driving to Kalambaka

According to the map we had, our drive to Kalambaka would take us an hour and a half - 30 minutes to get from Monodendri back to Ioannina, and an hour from there to Kalambaka.  There was a major freeway that ran from the west coast of Greece all the way through Ioannina and went very close to our destination for the night.  This was going to be easy!

We headed back to Ioannina from Monodendri the same way we took to get there the day before and headed east toward Trikala and Kalambaka.

On the short freeway
  Cathy was doing a great job looking for signs and I knew we'd find the freeway shortly.  After a little while, we did find signs for the freeway, but we could only find the onramp for those wanting to travel west.  We continued on, but after some time we were certain we had passed our eastbound onramp.  After all, they should be close to each other, right?

We turned around and asked some workers where we could get on the highway going east.  They assured us that we needed to keep traveling east and that soon enough we would find it.  We were a little perplexed, but took their word for it.  "Soon enough" turned into quite a while and we found ourselves zig-zagging once again through the mountains on a two lane road.  Where was our quick highway route?  It wasn't until we had almost reached Metsovo that we found it, like a ray of golden sunshine - the highway!

Man we were excited now.

We like tunnels
  We had lost some time having to drive through the mountains, but we were going to make that time up.  It was starting to get dark already and we still had half our journey to go.  We followed the signs and got on the freeway, which was riddled with tunnels.  Don't forget to turn your lights on!  We were flying, though!  At this rate, we'd be in Kalambaka in no time, eating a nice meal and checking out the town.

We had driven on the highway for a good 4 minutes (that's not a typo) before we started to see signs that said "freeway ends".  Huh?  I hope that was a big mistranslation.  Unfortunately, it wasn't...our ray of hope ended and before we knew what was going on, we were back on 2 lane roads putzing along towards Kalambaka.  Apparently, the freeway was unfinished.

Kalambaka - looking at Meteora
..very unfinished.  Our map showed a complete freeway, but I guess it was just being optimistic.

The rest of our drive was uneventful, but a bit slow.  Darkness settled in on us, and with the rain and trucks it took us closer to 3 hours to reach Kalambaka.  Once there, we parked the car and wandered through the rain until we could find someone who was able to tell us where our hotel was.  Now that we had the route, it was a short drive to get there.  We checked in, dropped off our things, and peeked back outside.  The rain had started to fizzle out, so we chose to walk through the town to look at restaurants.

Greek food is great, but tonight we wanted to try something different.  The one place that stood out in our minds was a pizza place, so we went in there.  They even had some healthier options on the menu, so we ordered some not-so-bad-for-you toppings and I told Cathy all about the pizza in Europe.

Kalambaka - looking at Meteora
  It's smaller, but they don't use all the oil and other nasty stuff, I said.  So, when the server brought out our pizza, I was surprised to see it made American style - nice and greasy.

Cathy and I eat so healthy back home that this kind of thing literally makes us sick.  However, on this occasion we were tired, smelly, and hungry, and we had done a 7 hour hike earlier, so we went for it.  We ate a lot of pizza and a salad that we had ordered with it, and it was SO GOOD.  It didn't even make us sick, I guess our bodies really needed the energy.  When we left the restaurant, the rain had stopped, and we were finally able to see some of the rocks that made up Meteora.  Talk about incredible!

Content, but still very tired, we headed back to the hotel and called it a night.  The guy working the desk said we should expect rain the next day, so that bummed me out.  Maybe it won't be so bad.

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Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
On the short freeway
On the short freeway
We like tunnels
We like tunnels
Kalambaka - looking at Meteora
Kalambaka - looking at Meteora
Kalambaka - looking at Meteora
Kalambaka - looking at Meteora
Kalambaka - looking at Meteora
Kalambaka - looking at Meteora
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka - little shin…
Driving to Kalambaka - little shi…
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Driving to Kalambaka
Tunnel on the short freeway
Tunnel on the short freeway
Kalambaka
photo by: EmyG