We head further up the coast, through Himare and Dhermi but the road doesn’t really improve, we have almost every obstacle thrown at us, in addition to the pot holes, some filled with water, the road has subsided in many places, there are big dips, breaks, humps and places with just rubble making up the road surface, then there are cattle everywhere, sheep and goats, dung, and a dog even has a go at us at one point, luckily at least the weather is fine so we don’t have to contend with rain. After Dhermi the road begins to climb, up into the wonderful Llagora National Park, and the Llagora Pass. The road and the views are nothing short of spectacular, and on this part of the route the road is thankfully in much better condition. The mountain and sea views are breathtaking and we all enjoy the amazing road journey. The mountains and road are well over 1000m. As we make our way down the other side of the mountain native pine forests clothe the slopes, the sun emerges and we make a final run into Vlore. This turns out to be more like a war zone than a city, the roads a complete quagmire, buildings half up everywhere, piles of rubble take up half the road, or all of it. Great chunks of concrete block off roads here and there and the SatNav gives up. Fortunately we have the bike to scout forward and find a way through to the Hotel. We enjoy an excellent and cheap dinner and stroll toward the port. It is very busy on the street and the footpath and busier as we head further down. It starts to rain, then heavier. The port is nowhere in sight so we opt to grab a taxi back to the hotel. The road is gridlocked, even for the taxi driver, who appears to be taking us in the wrong direction. After some protestation he stops. Aaron tries talking Greek to him. Turns out the driver is Greek so all is resolved, there are two Hotel Lux’s in Vlore and he is taking us to the other one. By the end of our “tour” he is a new friend.