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It took the 20-year-old Kleon Papadimitriou 48 days to travel from Aberdeen to Athens, riding more than 2,000 miles as the coronavirus shut down other modes of transport.

Nearly a month into the coronavirus lockdown, Kleon Papadimitriou, a Greek student in Aberdeen, Scotland, was feeling homesick.

Restless — and with flights to much of Europe canceled — he was looking for a way home to Athens. His father joked that he could simply walk, and a light bulb went on. What if he cycled?

“I wanted something big, a project for the year,” the younger Mr. Papadimitriou said by phone on Tuesday.

What followed was a cycling journey across Europe that spanned five countries, more than 2,000 miles and 48 days, with Mr. Papadimitriou finally arriving home in Athens late last month.

Source: NYTimes / Cover Image: Kleon Papadimitrious

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