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Old 02-02-2012, 09:38 AM   #136
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Very interesting ride report(s). I'm learning more about Crete from you than I ever did from a school book. And wonderful photo's as well.

Thank you so much for sharing!
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:52 PM   #137
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Kalì fotografies kanate pedià. Efcaristò ya ollo aftò duglià!

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Old 02-02-2012, 07:50 PM   #138
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:04 AM   #139
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Thanks for the ride reports, have enjoyed every one, love the coastal scenery
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:38 AM   #140
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Very interesting ride report(s). I'm learning more about Crete from you than I ever did from a school book. And wonderful photo's as well.

Thank you so much for sharing!
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Thanks for the ride reports, have enjoyed every one, love the coastal scenery
Thank you all for your kind words. More will come, some with more information about the history of Crete

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Kalì fotografies kanate pedià. Efcaristò ya ollo aftò duglià!
How come you can write Greek? It is of course in Latin characters (greeklish as we say here) but pretty good written.
Ευχαριστώ για τα καλά σου σχόλια.

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Old 02-06-2012, 05:00 AM   #141
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Very nice photos! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:40 AM   #142
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Great report and wonderful scenery. My mom (not Greek) was named after the island. Many people (in the US) don't even know it's a Greek island. She appreciates the uniqueness of the name, though.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:37 AM   #143
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Great report and wonderful scenery. My mom (not Greek) was named after the island. Many people (in the US) don't even know it's a Greek island. She appreciates the uniqueness of the name, though.
I thank you both, sorry for taking so long to answer.
Funny to hear that Crete is used as a name in the US.
On the other hand, Cretans are known to be very proud of their island. Many Cretan immigrants who live now in the US for 2 or three generations still learn local music and dances and cherish and honor their roots. Maybe that's what inspired your grandfather to name your mother Crete?
Anyway, lets continue with this ride report with more spectacular places to visit if or when you come to explore the unexplored Crete
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:44 AM   #144
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Everyone is absolutely stunned by the view.






Kiriaki, come, lets make a frappes coffee and relax a bit.







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Old 02-14-2012, 07:15 AM   #145
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But let me show you the surrounding area in detail
First of all, this part of the Cretan Sea is the Merabelou Gulf (Κόλπος Μεραμπέλου)




To the right of the picture Elοunda (Ελούντα) village with its gulf, famous luxury resorts and the small island Spinaloga (Σπιναλόγγα) hidden in this photo from the peninsula. That island is pretty famous in Greece because of a TV series and its history. More info about the area in another ride report.
In the middle is the town of Agios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος).
Bottom left lies the village of Pahia Amos (Παχιά Άμμος)




The snowy peaks belong to the Lasithiotika mountains (Λασιθιότικα Όρη)
Elevation: 2148 m / 7047 ft, NOT the biggest mountains of Crete!








At the right of this picture, partly shown, is the only town in the whole south coast of Crete, Ierapetra (Ιεράπετρα)




The forest of Thripti (Θρυπτή)




And our next target, the peak of the mountain of Thripti (Θρυπτή)

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:30 AM   #146
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We loose sense of time as we enjoy the view and our coffee but now it's time to move since we stayed here for over an hour and sunlight is precious in winter.






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Old 02-14-2012, 07:49 AM   #147
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We try to explore as much as possible in a single day ignoring fatigue so we must choose our routes carefully and recalculate on site if the timetables don't match with reality. We wanted to get around the mountain of Thripti but the difficulties of the road and the beauty of the surroundings made us forget our original plan. Thats why, after a bit riding through the woods, we decide to head straight to the top.












The start of the "road" to the peak


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Old 02-14-2012, 08:27 AM   #148
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The road is full of loose gravel which make our way up very hard sometimes. It is very steep and Kiriaki was busy holding me at the hardest parts so many pictures got a bit shaken but u get the point.









Rain had made some deep ditches so everyone (including me) was like: "F*ck, f*ck, where did we get into and how are we going to get out of here in one piece" Steep road with many U turns, heavy bikes, no funny stuff i can assure you! And don't forget, i had my wife as pillion. A pillion who held me with one hand and took pictures front and rear with the other, destabilizing the bike

Well, we managed to survive. Surprisingly, the most dramatic point was when Mario got caught in a ditch but managed after a few minutes to get out without any help. In the picture he can be seen struggling in the back to get his bike moving while frying his clutch a bit.









Here we check the bike for any damage (the smell made the frying obvious)


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Old 02-14-2012, 08:38 AM   #149
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At least we have covered much of the road and climbed to a decent altitude already. Down there you can see the road where we started.






Well, as stated earlier, sunlight is precious, move it you wimps!









The road seems to come to an end. The peak is near...





Damn...





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Old 02-14-2012, 08:52 AM   #150
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Well, at last we reach the antenna and park our bikes a little higher next to...





...the little church dedicated to Jesus Christ our Master Crucified (Αφέντης Εσταυρωμένος) at 1476 meters (4842 feet)



(Clicking the picture reveals the full size)
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