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Offline husky dog

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Crete
« on: September 16, 2009, 04:56:26 pm »
I had a few days alone in Greece , what better can you do then tour an island.
So I was off to Crete Heraklion to be exect 6 hours by ferry arriving 5am.
While waiting for bike rental shop to open walked the pier admiring German billionaires boat in harbour.
 

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Re: Crete
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 04:57:34 pm »
billionares boat
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Re: Crete
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 05:10:24 pm »
Hired trusty klr650 not so new but I was impressed being a Husky rider.
Did 160km to Chania stopping at the beach to swim a couple of times.
Below the view from the roof of my hotel.
 

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Re: Crete
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009, 05:19:40 pm »
Arrived in Chania drove to Agia Marina.
Riding gear consisted of takkies shorts t-shirt helmet and sunglasses.
Riding in shorts I soon learnt what monkey butt is, so a relief to get to hotel , and get off bike.
But not for long swim at the beach shower and off to Old Town Chania shopping for presents.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009, 05:31:51 pm »
Next morning up early for a ride to the south of the island to a place called Elafonisi.
I was in the north so did a bit of coastal roads then headed inland through mountains to the south.
Unfortunately never stopped to take too many pics, on these tight twisty roads through the mountains , as I was having too much fun riding and racing(trying to stay away) from some maniac in a swatch car.
Lost him after we reached bus,which takes up whole road.
Notice shrine below , built by parents of maniacs who over shoot corners and don't live to tell story.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2009, 05:35:28 pm »
Elafonisi is the only beach I've been to where taking sand is a prosecutable offence.
It is a beutiful white beach turquoise waters and quite remote, with a little island off the beach which you can walk to.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2009, 05:42:38 pm »
Nice trip and beautiful scenery.

Definitely going on my "trips to do" list
 

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Re: Crete
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2009, 05:44:37 pm »
After a lovely swim and some perving, it was over the mountain for first bit of offroad to next village.
In SA hate tar but in Crete enjoyed tar because of never ending winding mountain roads.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2009, 05:56:48 pm »
Paelekastro is where I had lunch and a swim, then over next mountain to Simo or something like that.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2009, 06:01:36 pm »
Enough swimming back through the mountains heading home past a famous gorge Samaria , you can actually hike the 20km to sea catch boat to closest town and bus back to where you started.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2009, 06:17:24 pm »
After some supermotard got back home in one piece 7pm after leaving 9 that morning, still light till 8.30pm, so straight to beach , swim and an anesthetic(ouzo). Shower and go visit some family friends , who to my surprise had prepared norweigen salmon dinner, couldn't have planned it better.
Up early on my last day, breakfast on the beach , cheers to the hosts and back in the saddle.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2009, 06:25:15 pm »
Rode about 200km to Agia Nikolas. Lunch and a swim(what else). Then back to Heraklion my ferry was leaving at 22.00.
Planned to go see Knossos palace some ancient minoan ruins, but entry fee wasn't worth it to see old rocks.
Advantage of enduro bike up the sand road to the hill above for good pic oportunity , who needs to go in.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2009, 06:33:17 pm »
Finally back in Heraklion returned bike , no problems left my bag at bike hire shop, a bit more of present shopping, then on to overnight ferry 5am arrival in Athens. I spent day in Athens(translation Hell) then back to SA where the summer weather had followed me home.
Great trip but even better to be home to friends and family.
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Re: Crete
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2009, 07:45:41 pm »
great pics
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Re: Crete
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2009, 07:47:53 pm »
Nice RR, thanx for sharing. I need to visit Crete !
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Re: Crete
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2009, 09:42:55 am »
Great RR thanks for sharing!

Crete is next on my list... how many days do you think should be allowed for Crete?

I've done Santorini, Naxos, Hydra (no vehicles allowed) and Spetses (my fav)
There are no short cuts to anywhere worth going!
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Re: Crete
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2009, 05:47:00 pm »
This is the island to ride if you enjoyed the others you'll be blown away by Crete.
I only had 3 days and 2 nights, not much time but travelling alone you can cover a lot of distance.
I would say you need at least a week to 10 days, but you could spend longer quite easily.