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Old 01-09-2011, 12:16 PM   #766
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Absolutely outstanding writing... and photos!

------------ Something to remember.

"... And when you make coffee you are in some sense God: You
decide if other people are to become happy or not. And that, in my
view, is a heavy responsibility. Not all coffee-makers understand what
is at stake.

The cake-maker has obvious understood his power. He did not choose
to make my morning miserable. He chose to make me happy. I am
grateful for that."
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Ok so where is next??? Portugal?

BTW... did you climb the snowbank to get into your house?

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Old 01-09-2011, 12:32 PM   #767
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Bravo! Your reports just get better and better. Thanks for taking us with!
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:05 PM   #768
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That was a really intresting ride report Tagesk.
It is nice to learn from people who travel around your country how they feel.
I m sorry we didnt meet.
Take care.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:16 PM   #769
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We start somewhere different: During the earthquake in 1988 the road
split open here (if we understood correctly). We, from Norway, don't
even know what an earthquake is. We find it ultra cool. I guess this
is as close as we have ever been to one. Admittedly, this isn't very
close. And we are happy for that, too!

[TaSK]
Thank you for all the kind words you said about us. Dimitra and I both enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you and Sissel and enjoyed our time with you both.

The damaged road in the above photo is from the more recent earthquake that happened on June 8 2008..... Here is another pic of the same road taken a little after the earthquake happened





We were hoping to go to Italy this last summer 2010 and pass through your area on our way North to see Dimitras aunt, but in April we found out that Dimitra was pregnant and so we canceled our bike trip and did a car trip around Greece instead ..... in 1 week we should be proud parents of a future biker ...... so although I would (we) love to ride to Tuscany, I fear that there might be a delay in that plan.

Thank you for sharing your ride report with us and I look forward to more Tuscany adventures.

Best wishes always

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Old 01-09-2011, 03:47 PM   #770
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Ok so where is next??? Portugal?

BTW... did you climb the snowbank to get into your house?
Sir,
We're off towards Portugal in April. The plan is, surprisingly enough, not to have a plan. We'll see how it unfolds.

Regarding the snow: It seems as if the snow reaches half way up the entrance door.
But you can't see the flight of stairs you need to climb to get there.

If you look carefully, on the left you can see the (windows) of the car. There is a "channel" dug from
there to the stair leading to the entrance.

Troms, Norway, sports A LOT of snow. Normally it is all gone by the end of May. I hope you can understand
why I didn't own a bike when I lived there.

Thank you for reading, and for the very kind feedback!

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Old 01-09-2011, 03:52 PM   #771
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...in 1 week we should be proud parents of a future biker

Soto
Keep me informed, will you?
Capa Superiore sends her best wishes!

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Old 01-09-2011, 04:22 PM   #772
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To be able to find all the parts, here is a condensed list:
  1. Preludium
  2. Home - Ceccano (Italy)
  3. Ceccano - Bari (both Italy) + ferry
  4. Igonemitsa - Kastoria
  5. From Katoria to the border
  6. Kastoria - Drama
  7. Drama - Turkey - Alexandoupoli
  8. Alexandroupoli - Kavala
  9. Kavala - Kassandra
  10. Kassandra - Xania (Volos)
  11. Xania (Volos) - Chalkida (part 1)
  12. Xania - Chalkida (part 2)
  13. Chalkida - Nafplio
  14. Around Nafplio
  15. Nafplio - Gytheio
  16. Gytheio - Kalamata
  17. Kalamata - Patras
  18. Around Patras, and then home

Thank you.

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Old 01-10-2011, 06:32 AM   #773
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:57 AM   #774
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Great ride report!

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:02 PM   #775
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Thank you for sharing your fantastic ride report Tage it's been thoroughly
enjoyable.
With all your comments on good and bad coffee it makes me wonder if I've
ever had a decent cup of coffee in my life.

Thanks again

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:23 PM   #776
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With all your comments on good and bad coffee it makes me wonder if I've
ever had a decent cup of coffee in my life.
Coffee, and not "coffee", in Southampton, England?

Unlikely


Thank you for reading!

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:37 PM   #777
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Thank you for sharing your fantastic ride report Tage it's been thoroughly
enjoyable.
With all your comments on good and bad coffee it makes me wonder if I've
ever had a decent cup of coffee in my life.

Thanks again

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based on the "coffee" I had while on tour in the UK, I would say... probably not



great real ales in the UK tho!
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:41 AM   #778
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With all your comments on good and bad coffee it makes me wonder if I've
ever had a decent cup of coffee in my life. r

In Italy coffee lovers Genuflect the stainless steel icons of the coffee gods. Like their wine, they take coffee, and the time to enjoy it very serious.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:02 PM   #779
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Coffee, and not "coffee", in Southampton, England?

Unlikely


Thank you for reading!

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How about Southampton Massachusetts ?

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Old 01-14-2011, 02:56 AM   #780
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Hi Tage!

Once again I would like to thank you for your wonderful report about your rides in Hellas (Greece). Your writing style and your comments about things in our country compose a very entertaining (and educating) narration.
But I have some things to say, as I don't agree with some of your conclusions...

Things in Greece are not good. People are losing their jobs, big numbers of almost wealthy families are now struggling to survive and the political system in our country does it's best to get the things worse and worse. People are deprived of their hope and drawn into a state of despair. When somebody has nothing to hope for the future, looks back into the past. That's a fact about the Greeks now! They (we) look more to the past than to the future. To the past when Greece was the center of the world and civilization. (?)

Another fact is that our neighbourhood (the Balkans) has been for years the playground of big countries (USA, Russia, UK) foreign politics. Countries have been created from nothing, the borders have been changing till now. Nothing is granted and national security isn't a given.

The two facts above combined make the Greeks very sensitive about the "Macedonia or FYROM problem". Some are foreseeing an evil plan (from the USA, Turkey, the Jews, choose what you like :-)) to take a part of our country and some a very angry as somebody is trying to steal their history...

Let's discuss something else now.
Let's say you want to sell your bike to buy a new gsa. A friend of yours wants your bike, but hasn't got the money to buy it. So what do you do? You lend him some money (with interest) and he buys your bike. So you have a double win situation. That's the problem with Greece and Germany. Germany has lend Greece much money, but a great part of it has gone back to Germany through military equipment contracts.

I'm not writing all this to say that Greeks are innocent... Everybody is responsible for his fate. I just want you to understand the Greek people's point of view...

Thanks again for the great review, looking forward for your next Tuscany chapters,


Lefteris

ps. Greece has the highest toll price per kilometer ratio in Europe. I cannot understand how you crossed the biggest part of our country without paying some!
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