16 July 2008: Soufli – Izmir

After a difficult phase due to the heat, tiredness and borders formalities, the expedition has eventually arrived vey late in the night in the harbour of Izmir.

A huge group of motorcyclists coming from several different local motorbikes societies, as well as a banquet in the Izmir University of Economics were waiting for our riders.

Because of the strong relationships that unifies Greece and Turkey, and links and the working cooperations between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Kalamata and Izmir that exist since the first Routes of the Olive Tree’s trips, an olive tree has been planted in the courtyard of the university.

Rolf, one of our riders, has unfortunately hurt his knee and has had to make the difficult choice of dropping this adventure; he’s going to stay in Izmir for a few days and he will then go back to Greece…