Giving Greece a Second Chance

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Giving Greece a Second Chance


Byline: Linda 'Jo' Giovannoni

Part two of two parts

In last week's article we left off with Becky Brown less than a week into her 2005 Greek motorcycle trip, stranded in a foreign hospital after a hit-and-run.

Brown, founder of Women in the Wind and a rider of 30 years, was without transportation and her leg was in a cast.

"Greece has socialized medicine," Brown said. "At the hospital, the doctor took an x-ray, told me to bend my knee and without warning (or pain medicine) shoved hard to set my leg. It's a good thing he was sitting on my 'good leg' as it involuntarily kicked. Heartburn medicine was the only medication the hospital ever offered me and after trying the hospital food I didn't turn it down."

Above her hospital bed a single light bulb hung from a cord. Her room was the only one on that floor with a bathroom. Family members, not hospital staff, are expected to care for patients and supply basics - pillows, most medication and ... get this ... toilet paper! The lady in the next bed gave Becky a pillow and toilet paper. Becky was not given crutches and had to hold onto walls as she hobbled from place to place.

Her Greek friend George drove several hours to Petra to pick her up and take her to the Athens Airport. "That was a reminder of one reason I came to Greece ... the people," Brown said.

"This trip reinforced my belief if you have something you really want to do, make plans and do it!" she said. "Greece was my first solo bike trip other than Toledo to Boston and I have no regrets."

Not one to let a broken leg dash her dream of exploring southern Greece, by June 8 she was ready to return. Brown again contacted Dina at Elmec Sport Harley-Davidson in Athens for a rental. The only motorcycle available was a V-Rod sport model. No windshield or floorboards - quite different from the Heritage touring model she owns.

Brown arrived in Greece, then traveled from Athens to Nafplio, encountering the only rain on the trip.

She stayed in Nafplio two nights and loved their cobblestone streets and bougainvillea vines hanging from balconies. The town center had marble sidewalks and at dusk locals congregated to discuss their day. Near outdoor cafes, men played dominos or cards while children played kickball.

Next stop - Monemvasia, meaning "only one way in." This island is linked to land by a causeway and became Brown's favorite place. Packhorses, the only transportation allowed on the island, carry supplies to businesses. Brown watched horses loaded with supplies lead along narrow trails cut out of the rock that divided small shops and rustic lodging. "It is deep with medieval mystery and Byzantine history and ... where I met Mike Acciani from Minnesota and Rainer Loesch from Freiburg, Germany." Becky said. "They brought rental bikes from Germany and crossed into Greece on a ferry from Italy. We became fast friends and spent days traveling together. …

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