The wild-campers know what I’m talking about… The hidden roads, where you have to zoom right into the map (0.2m scale) for them to be visible. They are usually dirt tracks, which are often difficult to drive down, but often lead to wild-camping heaven.
Exploring the grey roads at night can be fun, sometimes scary. Sometimes I’ll turn back, but only sometimes. Grey roads can take you into the middle of a forest, to a farmers doorstep, a hidden lake, a rave, or straight off a cliff into the sea. A few times I’ve been stuck on these muddy roads and I’d have to wait for it to dry up. Remember when I got locked in the forest in Austria and police had to come (see post)? That’s them grey roads! They can be trouble, but overall they’re worth the hassle. It’s ‘lucky dip free camping’
I’ve said it before, but when you find camp at night the best surprise is in the morning when you wake up to see where you are. Sometimes it’s not so good, but 7 times out of 10 they lead you to the best wild-camping spots you’d never have thought were there.
The best photographs are at the end of the grey roads
I was looking for a place to stay near Thessaloniki, Greece, and spotted grey-road-by-the sea-galore just a few km out of the centre.
This place was a great to chill out for a few days and get all the fixing jobs done on the van. See post Seaside mechanics – a day of fixing stuff