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Cooltours 07-03-2008 07:36 AM

Dirtroad riding on the Isle of Crete, GR
 
Have been on a what supposed to be sissy motorcycle trip around the western part of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Crete</st1:place> lately. Mainly set’ up to hang out for a week with a bunch friends, cruising some bars and restaurants for local food and brewery and do some bikerides between the eating and drinking parts once in a while. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
Soon enough (actually right after the very first day of riding) everything changed and the whole thing finally turned out to be one real bad-ass hardcore offroad motorcycle trip which for sure for long time will be the very best that I’ve experienced in all my motorcycle-life so far. <o:p></o:p>
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Not much to tell about, but lots of pics to show. Anyway not too many pics about riding, as obviously I kept myself very much busy with staying on the bike wile riding instead of taking fancy photography.<o:p></o:p>
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The south-western part of the Isle of Crete is rough and has a very low tourist pollution, as there are simply too less beaches for the average tourists-taste. Little villages which have absolutely nothing from any interest to offer beside the local pub which often enough is one of the inhabitant’s leaving room or backyard.

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This is Willy. Founder, owner, guide, secretary and also mechanic of www.letsbike.ch The guy knows each and every corner in that part of the island! You thought riding in a cue behind an old fart and over one treeless <st1:place w:st="on">Island</st1:place> is a boring thing?? Go check out a trip with Willy! You will change your mind!
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<o:p>Greek salad! Only the oil they use I could drink from the bottle…..! Yumm…!</o:p>
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Cooltours 07-03-2008 07:43 AM

Don’t ask me for names, places or directions ….. I can’t tell you. Just couldn’t care about things like that as I just had too much to do following the band and check the landscape only once in a while.
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<o:p>It’s a quiet cool place. They have very remote villages….
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<o:p>…above remote shores
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<o:p>To get there sometimes take all your energy. The exertions often enough are too much:
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<o:p>Actually we came to ride offroad. Anyway I’m pretty happy having been shown also some of the nice black-strips.
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They ARE nice, aren’t they?
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But of course there was also some clichés to cover:
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<o:p>But most important, as the one who's reading concentrated might have found out earlier in this thread, most important is finding some space for covering the body’s demands for food and drinks:</o:p>
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Cooltours 07-03-2008 07:57 AM

The landscape is quiet impressive, even though there’s almost no tree to find on the whole island. The mountains go from 0 to 6000 in shortest distance and this is one really impressive thing to observe from above and from below.
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<o:p>The terrain can be rough and unreal….
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<o:p>….but also smooth and lovely
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Cooltours 07-03-2008 10:01 AM

The band was pretty much worn out, but anyway in fair condition. We really didn’t spoil the racks too and I’m quiet sure our pre-renters didn’t either.
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<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p>Anyway, once in a while there was some repairs required. This of course had nothing to do with bad maintenance but much more with probably a bit too hard testing the limits of tires.
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<o:p>Some was working harder…</o:p>
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<o:p>…others less hard, spent the time by telling each other how fast they’ve been:
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Cooltours 07-03-2008 10:10 AM

Some more food-…..
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….and drink-pics:
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<o:p>How ever: Riding a motorcycle around the place makes very very happy</o:p>
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<o:p>Some people just don’t feel any pressure to study the map:
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Cooltours 07-03-2008 11:59 AM

Did I mention already; They have plenty of landscape…
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<o:p>…any style!
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How ever: It is very important to make breaks in a steady interval. The way you do that depends fully on your preferences. Either you do it like this…
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...04_oovfU-M.jpg

…or like this…
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…or, if you like, also maybe like this:
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gypsyrr 07-03-2008 12:16 PM

GREAT! Great views from your photos. The one looking at the beach past the front tire was cool.

I've always wanted to go back to Crete and Rhodes and Santorini and ride a bike. Pictures like this remind me why

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Cooltours 07-03-2008 12:22 PM

Yes, very nice place indeed. And I did not yet even mention the music, the people, the fresh smell of flowers and herbs in the air, the cristal clear water, the beautifull women/men....

Cooltours 07-03-2008 12:33 PM

There’s too much to see the very next day and it’d be a petty...
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...not to get up early and watch the Island from the vessel that brings you to even more remote places.
http://www.cooltours.smugmug.com/pho..._PsJYh-M-1.jpg

How ever: I really was surprised how much of a “psycho-hygiene” a trip like that can be! I highly recommend it to anybody. Come, do it! And do it with passion!
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...44_caEaG-M.jpg

And you know you did it right when you’re tired but happy when getting back to business as usual:
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Chanderjeet 07-03-2008 01:45 PM

Oh, i missed this one.

Those are some really nice twisties, i think i had seen some of them in print modelling for Bikes.

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ronsolo 07-03-2008 06:21 PM

Awesome!

I've been to Crete and it was incredible. In fact Greece is one of my favorite countries in the world. Everybody is pleasant and the food is fantastic.

Thanks for sharing.

GB 07-03-2008 07:11 PM

All that food is making me hungry!! And what lovely roads you have on Crete :thumb

Cooltours 07-04-2008 06:19 AM

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Kolossos 07-04-2008 08:15 AM

GREECE= ENDURO PARADISE :freaky

Norhasken 07-04-2008 08:45 AM

Looks like great Rhodes and riding. Sorry for the pun. :1drink


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