One of the first things we did once were were back on Lesvos was go to customs in Mytilene and enquire about reregistering the bike, changing it from UK registered to Greek registered. This should in theory be a great deal easier than trying this with a Turkish registered bike and was always part of the plan. The plan is to have this done before March of next year because after then there are simply too many unknowns. The added benefit of doing so is that if we do not then the bike would need to go back to the UK every year for an MOT and doing that would be a pain, fun maybe, but a pain and not something we want to be forced to do. So the Triumph needs to become Greek registered and plated. As said we went to customs, papers were taken, stuff was photocopied, the engine and frame numbers were photographed, and Gregory at customs said it should all be possible and that he would be in touch. So now we are waiting, and at some point assuming it all goes to plan there will be some money to pay.
This task done the weather took a bad turn. First was a cold wind storm. Temperatures dropped, the wind gusting at near gale force. This went on for a couple of days, then there was a brief lull. We’d seen the news, a Mediterranean cyclone was heading our way. There was not much we could do, ferries were cancelled due to the cold wind storm, all we could do was sit it out. So we made some plans and watched the forecasts. Reality was that by the time it crossed the mainland it would have weakened so worst case scenario was more gale force winds and a lot of rain. The cold went, it got warm, the air became really humid. The forcasts started to suggest we would get off very lightly, but to be on the safe side we stocked up on supplies, nothing major, food for a few days, plenty of beer.
We know other places got hit really bad, there were flash floods, there were some deaths. It was a very powerful storm with some very strong winds, storm surges, and torrential rainfall. Obviously our hearts go out to those who got it far worse than us, to those who lost loved ones, to those who had homes flooded and property destroyed All we got was 30 hours of near continual rain and some gusts of wind, even our internet remained working.
Then slowly the skies cleared. Wind and storms become a memory. For now, once more it is warm and sunny, there will be more autumn and winter storms, some will in all probability seem more intense than the so called Medicane. There are still birds heading south, flocks of House Martins and Swallows are passing through, as are Pelicans and more. In a week or so we’ll move south to Selçuk for a while, we have things to do in the meantime including hoping to hear about the bike. Winter is coming, but not yet.