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Old 02-12-2014, 05:32 PM   #436
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Great Trip

Thanks for taking us along, are you going to catch the ferry from Ancona to Patra? Then I notice your going up the West Coast of Greece. What are your points of interest in Greece? I'm not rushing you out of Italy, wow, it's great, Love your good photos and videos. Lucky You!
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:22 PM   #437
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Great Stuff Dirk. More of the same if you would please.

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Old 02-13-2014, 01:23 AM   #438
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Fantastic report :) continue at your chosen speed :)
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:20 PM   #439
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Thanks for taking us along, are you going to catch the ferry from Ancona to Patra? Then I notice your going up the West Coast of Greece. What are your points of interest in Greece? I'm not rushing you out of Italy, wow, it's great, Love your good photos and videos. Lucky You!
Nope, the plan was to carry on to Tunisia (ferry Palermo - Tunis). But there I'll be facing some new ... let's call them challenges
But that's it with plans: Strategy replaces chance by blunder

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Old 03-11-2014, 02:21 AM   #440
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Allright. Kktos and me have made it across the Straight of Messina to the Med largest island: Sicily. The island is dominated by Mount Etna, Europes highest and most active volcano. We're riding straight towards it.





With more than 15Megatons carbon dioxide, Mount Etna emits a little more than my HP2.




There's a road that climbs the volcano but we decide to check out some tracks.





Another remarkable Mountain, Monte Cofano, towers over the Thyrrenian Sea and dominates the flat headland of San Vito lo Capo. See the bike? Nearly disappears in this georgious landscape.




Palermo, the islands capital is of course worth a visit. But for now, in the heat of the day we're looking for some refreshment.




This is why we head further west to Castellamare and the Lo Zingharo National Park.





To me Castellamare is whatever I'd expect froma true Italian town. Grown over centuries like an organism and full of life.




Wanna boat trip?




Back in the 1980 a road was planned to reach the northwestern tip of Sicily the local residents were up in arms. The seven kilometers section of coastal road was subsequently designated to the Lo Zingharo Nature Reserve.




Have a drink on me! Shot from inside the fountain of Scopello.




Aaah! And that's refreshment now. Having a swim between the rocky islands of the Nature Reserve.




If you remember George Clooneys "Oceans 12" this might look familiar to you.




Sicily is a beauty. But as always there are two sides of a medal. The island suffered from its strategic position. Every power on the Mediterranean shores tried to control it. But also mother nature took its toll.




Volcanic and seismic activities led to massive destruction over the centruries. One of the most remarkable sites is the village of Gibellina. An earthquake destroyed the village completely. What seems to be tiny pieces of concrete becomes much bigger as we come closer.




An artist has rebuild the roads of Gibellina without the houses. A monument that reminds us of the real powers. It's an open museum and you can even ride through it.




Kktos has to leave and I'll take a break on another island that is less known but much more important to some people like Silvio Berlusconi and Giorgio Armani. And no, its not Lampedusa. See you over there!





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Old 03-11-2014, 03:06 AM   #441
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:49 AM   #442
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your photos are state of the art...

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Old 03-13-2014, 09:24 AM   #443
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Great to see another installment, D! As always your photos are amazing and the commentary is excellent. Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:11 PM   #444
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Great to see another installment, D! As always your photos are amazing and the commentary is excellent. Thanks!
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Old 03-15-2014, 03:48 AM   #445
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:24 AM   #446
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Great !! I was afraid you were done telling your story here... I'm glad you're not ! Still amazing pics and story telling. Thanks ! :)
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:25 PM   #447
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WOW I just catch up with this rr, best pictures I ever seen!!!
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:18 PM   #448
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To me after a while on a road like this I come to a state of trance or unmeant meditation. I'm not talking about a delirium, more of a liberation of my mind that was filled with the common daily thoughts. All these thoughts are now all blown away and thoughts, that have never been thought before come up, thoughts that haven't been thought for ages are reborn ...

This really spoke to me along with your terrific pictures.....wonderful. Thank you!
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:57 PM   #449
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It just occurred to me that if you look at the number of views this report has had relative to the number of actual report installments.....it is one big-A number! I take it as a metric indicating Dirck's fabulous photography and story-telling abilities! Speaking of which.......ahem.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:41 AM   #450
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Hi everyone,
I'm always very happy to read your comments. A great pleasure. And yes, Via Mediterra will go on but with a few interruptions. One of them will start on Saturday when I have the pleasure to ride this baby through Morocco.



And there's another thing coming up in which you may participate:

The new movie project: "Pyrenean Adventures"
Watch the trailer of "Pyrenean Adventures"


I would be happy if you join in and spread the word to make this movie happen.

See you all with another chapter of Via Mediterra soon.

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