Sea Kayaker
Sandy Robson

Stage 1 - Germany to Cyprus


Distance: 4224km
Launch Date: May 14th 2011  Completed: Sept 27th 2011
Water Bodies Paddled: Danube River, Vardar River, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea
Countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus
Longest Paddling Day: 100km
Average Kms Per Day: 38.4km
Number of Days to Complete: 137days
Number of Days Off: 27days (for logistics, updating blog, rest, touristic exploring, sorting out problems & avoiding strong wind)
Number of Days Camping: 81
Number of Days Hosted by Supporters: 35days
Visa's Required for: Serbia, Turkey, Cyprus
Permission for paddling required: None
Type of Kayak used: Lettmann Magellan

I launched on this expedition from Ulm in Germany on the Danube River on May 14th, 2011.
This is the same date that Oskar departed in 1932.
I paddled down the Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia & Serbia.
When I reached the Bulgarian Border I followed the Speck route overland to the Vardar River in Macedonia.
The Vardar River flows from Macedonia into Greece where it comes to the Aegean Sea near Thessaloniki.
There I began island hopping across the Aegean Sea right through Greece to Turkey.  
From Marmaris in Turkey I followed the coast to Taşucu where I could cross to Cyprus on the ferry.
In Cyprus I paddled the northern coastline to the monastery where Oskar stayed at Cape Andreas before his crossing to Syria and then as far as I could on the Turkish Cypriot side of the 'Green Line' that divides Cyprus.  I also made some explorations of the Greek Cypriot side.

Please click on the page links to read the diary entries for Stage 1.
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