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Old 02-15-2014, 09:22 AM   #241
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Till next time then folks!
And the next time, i will get you with me for a ride to the DESERT! because, yes, our small island has a huge, unique for the northern hemisphere desert! And this time we will ride more, and walk less, walking is too tiresome...
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:54 PM   #242
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Magnificent site.
Was the cave an ancient place to worship Artemis? Because of the Bears?

Wonderful place makes for enticing pictures. The canyon, and the landing spot, with the clear water.
This is not the canyon path that was essential to the resistance, not?

On to the desert.
Don't forget to hydrate:
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:13 AM   #243
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Magnificent site.
Was the cave an ancient place to worship Artemis? Because of the Bears?
That is correct!!! I must confess that your observation amazed me! I forgot to mention this fact, was writing rather fast and casually!

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Wonderful place makes for enticing pictures. The canyon, and the landing spot, with the clear water.
This is not the canyon path that was essential to the resistance, not?
No, this canyon was not essential to the resistance as far as i know. The reason is that to get out of the Suda peninsula, you must pass very near the Chania city which was Turkish held. If you are talking about the resistance to Turkish occupation at least.
In WW2, it might have played a role as an anchorage for subs but no crucial role. Just was too near the German bases.

Another thing i forgot is the cave near the Monastery of Katholiko, dedicated to Saint John the Hermit. This cave is relatively long and you need ca 20 mins to search it all. We didn't have any flashlights with us so we stayed near the entrance.









Another thing i forgot to mention is that the whole canyon is full of small caves, once homes of many hermits who came here to meditate. Nowadays, the hermits coming to this area is something very rare.


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On to the desert.
Don't forget to hydrate:
This time we had the bikes and plenty of water. But this desert is (as i already wrote) a unique one! You shall see...
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:37 PM   #244
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Thanks for clarifying. Yes, a classical education is an infection for life.

Hm, it pays for a biker to carry a torch.
Which reminds me of a cave on Malta. Folklore wants it to be Calypso's cave where the Oddysseia takes off.
At the entrance of the path leading to it sits a group of seniors selling candle stumps and matches to the unprepared explorer.
A tip for the locals?
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:34 AM   #245
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Another great RR!

I think we should dub you Cretes Motorcycling Ambassador!
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:36 AM   #246
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thanks for the post - good tips for our Crete trip next week :)
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:13 AM   #247
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I know i have been away for a long time, but its time to revive this thread a bit with a new short story. Not the mountain desert i have spoken about, not yet at least. It's winter and it's time for winter sports. Because, yes, Crete may be known for its sandy beaches and its summer night life, but in winter we have more than enough snow. Not enough to mantain a ski center, but enough for some bikers to go out and play.
This time it was just me (Yamaha Wr250R) with my mate George (Husquarna TE510)





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Old 01-05-2015, 12:23 AM   #248
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We are going towards the mountains, Psiloritis it is for now. Through Krousonas (Κρουσώνας) village we pass and through a canyon and a dirt road we head towards the Vromonero (Βρομονερό) valley




First stop and first snow. Not many pics, we where just having way too much fun!
If you check the picture carefully, you can see the observatory on the peak of Skinakas mountain (Σκίνακας)


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Old 01-05-2015, 12:34 AM   #249
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We continue searching for more snow and more adventure, through the plateu of Krousaniotiko Livadi (Κρουσανιώτικο Λιβάδι) and toward the asphalt road that ascents from Anogeia, Ανώγεια (Zomithos, Ζώμιθος area). 4wheelers have passed through. Can we make it? We shall see.


















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While we keep ourselves on the road and benefit from the deep snow tracks the 4wheelers left, we don't hesitate to get out and play in the snow whenever we feel like it. Few photos, LOT'S of fun though.














Ahead of us stands the highest mountain of Crete, the mighty Psiloritis, Ψηλορείτης, 2454 alt




Riding in snow is SOO much fun but very tiresome too. Husky taking a nap


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Some kms later we finally make it to the asphalt road. Well, of course, we don't stay on it but get swiftly on unspoiled snow again.










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Old 01-05-2015, 12:54 AM   #252
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George got the idea and me, with a violent push, made it happen.

The ENDURO SNOWMAN!

Don't ask about how the helmet felt after...


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We continue on a snowy dirt road till the chapel of Saint Iakinthos. (Άγιος Υάκινθος). A bit hard to get there with all the snow, but we made it.












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Old 01-05-2015, 12:58 AM   #254
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Cooling of after a hard ride...






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Old 01-05-2015, 01:00 AM   #255
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Well, some come here for fun but others try to save their sheep from harm and head to the warmer parts of the island


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