|10-06-2011, 12:01 AM||#1|
sotris like motoris
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Piraeus GReece
Off Roading we cross the Greece!
Well,Greece is almost a country of mountains and islands.
In the summer the islands are very tempting but during the autumn the mountains are the best choice for the traveler.
So,we decided to traverse the Pindus range mountain,the most importand mountains in Greece!
We had 4 days for 1000 km in 11 mountains!!
September 28 2011. We start 3 riders (ktm950adv-ktm690enduro-husqvarna610) from the city of Patras and we stayed for the first night at village Agrafa. Next destination was the village Metsovo and we stayed for the night. At metsovo arrived 4th rider (honda africatwin750) and we left for the village Aetomilitsa,our destination at Gramos mountain near the border to Albania. In the morning arrived 5th rider (ktm lc4640enduro).It was a amazing trip!!!
Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmfuO_P5Hyg
If the link don't work....try this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQIoP1UZ9eo
|10-06-2011, 02:37 AM||#4|
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Greenville, NC
I was in Greece on a cruise this spring and I all I could think was "I would rather be on a motorcycle riding around this place" Thanks for the pics.
|10-07-2011, 01:52 AM||#5|
A Scouser from Crete
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Liverpool, Crete and wherever the road goes...
Amazing photos....give us more!!! Well done!!
Αρχοντα....βαλε και κανενα κειμενακι να ζηλεψουμε λιγακι....ΜΠΡΑΒΟ και ΑΞΙΟΣ!!!
even the worst day on a motorbike is better than any day at the office...
LE.M.A.N. - Ayios Nikolaos Crete Riders Club
If you are around, try to find them, they will help you...
|11-03-2011, 07:07 AM||#7|
sotris like motoris
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Piraeus GReece
THERE IS THE LINK WITH ALL THE DETAILS!(IN GREEK): http://www.moto.gr/forums/showthread...hreadid=123106
I tryed a translation with the help of google translater(sorry for that):
Day/28-9-2011 first time 6:00
Military reveille, the crust in either eye ...
Front to pack the stuff.Ta children sleep in another room and must collect the chaos.Lucky we done a detailed checklist of what I have to get together and thus go at the list to collect things
Neither half an hour later the bag with the campers, the bags with clothes and KIT with toiletries and paper the machine is etoima.Venzini We put from the previous, additives kanistrakia even with 4 liters PRECIOUS kathsimou is also full and time is 7:30 KTM COMPLETE-loaded ready for the journey
They slowly awakens gallantry who barely leave the mattress to get up, washed and load and they slowly.
Their horses (KTM 950 and Husqvarna 630) is ready to parking to kekinisoun and are needed to find in their natural setting, the mountains ...
Finaly.We are on the street and all are ok.The weather beter that could be, without warm sunshine and no prospect for some rain.Always, but always when I go on a trip I put the mind to think forgoten things.But a first retrospect, there seems something to leave at home whenever vour!
The bridge of Rio always wonderful, always expensive (for the unlucky ones who want to cross it by car) and always with a lot of air when you pass the result to the motorcycles to go a little zig-zag ...
The first 63 km is one, not at all boring, asphalt path from Nafpaktos up the mountain holidays in the foothills of Vardousiou.Beautiful road turns in fairly good for mountain-country road-asphalt low cross from Nafpaktos and exit at junction turn Lidoriki.There right and after quite a few miles go straight to the barrier Mornos Kokkino.Prospername for this charming village is literally a slope and crossing bridge (recently repaired a fallen and was for many years) we reach the mountain, livestock Stop (or switch as then like to call it the postman)
There we have our first stop to admire the wild mountain Vardoussia towering directly above us and show their children where to we go.
To Stop itself is a village with many small side streets and this is the first little difficulty argoume navigation and to find our way furnaces to the village cemetery and from there ascends to the pastures.
The route to the tall Vardousia Check in will not hurt but sometimes our browser went through a pretty grassy-air and very little USED-roads that raises below the peaks in the Crows and continues isoupsos around 1500 meters.Plenty stone , mud and beard very good condition of the road for this time of the year.To finest part of the route of course is that which rises to 2000 meters in the refuges POA.Oi PHOTOGRAPHERS starting to shoot in very nice, and alpine wild topio.To "cool" breeze offered free shave but worth it!
And the wonderful KTMaki brought me up here ...
(In the shelter of the RFO near the 2000m altitude, air ... cool!)
After we got the "fresh" with our cool air at the top go down in the pastures of Pitimalikou to take the left road (former path passes E4) connecting with Ath.Diako Artotina.14 km enjoyable entouro trail the mud, his stone and the zig-zag between the remnants of fallen trees.
We're sure a little bit lucky at some point in the pastures of the journey the road was dropped (at the black arrow on the map) in a custom sara.Oute have done it, a bulldozer had come and had just cleanse! This will tell travel arrangements, to have and to purify the grader dromo.Ame!
At some point of the journey I lost the rear brakes did it worried broken a wire.But fortunately recovered after some time (me stuck in the lever pressed because the sludge was solidified and prevents motion to return)
Noon during the one (early enough finally) get to the historical and beautiful Artotina.No telling birthplace of Ath.Diakou because no time conflict with the village Ath.Diakos born the famous hero of '21 with the two villages on debating. My own answer is ... a draw since the two villages is the same beautiful, as it is in the green valleys through dense forests of chestnut and walnut.
At issue now is our Artotina except stop for coffee in the piazza cafe frequented by hunters, is point and refuel at mini market shop pano.Ena little more than the old, with drums and bulk products known moisture popy have their cellars to suspended in aera.Oi hospitable owners have opened our disposal, as my grandfather invited us to dinner with you and grandmother took us more to get double the 20litro betoni the venzini.Moirasame 10 liters to 690 and the other 10 to 950, and a Husky (due to larger fuel tanks did not need magic liquid)
All the money as we have said his grandfather (who informs us that the way we wanted to go from Beech-White-Mandrini is ... international very bad road!) And grandmother which keeps Thermopylae years now and has saved us from up there to run out of petrol, gas stations do not abound in the area.Na it easy grandmother and upright like mountains! (and was the Savior who chaising for photography!)
We have experienced a journey not have it and tpote demonstrated in particular to super; This is precisely the route (international goat trail as we have said!) From Artotina up the asphalt on the map Stavlous.Watching you do not fill the eye is the truth . but the reality is diferend.To first fast piece of tarmac Artotina descending on Evinos passes opposite Written Beech, after White and stops just outside the Mandrini (Paloukova). So far so good, relaxed, nice road turns and many went up-down. h. After enter. hell! Curt downloading a loose stone (and muddy when it rains) to the Kapsalorema and after forest road (but that way!). Full in fir and sunless slopes humidity forest evident. the alley barely survives among the trees and ferns, and to become even more beautiful the situation a lot crossroads is there to make the orientation chaos.Likely the Garminaki we passed the first test navigation difficult and we all junctions showed the right path!
The right way ... but lost the clutch cable to the Huskies Claus came apart at the most appropriate point in the middle of a hellish uphill.That was the first "unexpected" we found in taxidi.Step out from the motorcycles, control , localization broken clutch cable and small meeting.O king had for-lucky-predict such an event and alongside the old CABLE is a brand new Jack, and rested on the zipakia palia.Os so good, but to get the CABLE had to get the right-lids, and then a 13ari could loosen the basis of the CABLE to bring out.But rather biger the problem was too much temperature in the region, because the exhaust passes through near-and therefore the difficulty to get hand in periochi.Then had to wait a while to cool down ... sweet! The time to start pushing, it was past 4-It's time to harness the magic suitcase ALUMINIUM-toolbox KTM.Vgikan the rows of sockets, the chestnut and gloves machine with which the King could not work and remove the airbox to gain access to the site of the Convention wire.No worries, IN A 15min With the right tools entered the new wire and we are ready to continue our scenic route to the asphalt that connects Domnista with Krikello
Shortly after five in the afternoon we went after that little adventure in asphalt and after a few relaxing and soothing asphalt kilometers we reached the junction of Mertziani where the sign indicated that we left the dirt goes for Skopje-Ag.Charalampo-Roscoe-Pantavrechi. By dusk to simony slowly but surely is a challenge to make her demanding route but these are my excite us the dirt travelers.40 tough dirt by night km in the day (another course that ultimately the most many days We did a lot cumbersome aspect night! )
Attaché yperzouper route map of the core ideas encapsulated in the question of Basil When we stopped in a flat to show him the Kaliakouda will bounce up and down: "This mountain will go up ???!!!"
Yes Bill, very nice to do in the twilight Kaliakouda!
To what followed is beyond perigrafis.Kolasi! Crazy downhill with loose stone piece up Ag.Charalampo, endlessly moving cliffs above the ravine-valley Krikelopotamos until the Roska.Apo Roscoe the river up to the slope-krokalodromos even worse than the precedent to the river and there ... surprise! Oh mon Dieu, we built the bridge Krikelopotamo.Oime! The river ... "protovaftisa" once upon a time I became the Vstrom sisssy crossing ...
And then ... the train of the small village terror.Climbing Stournara and then ... a million grilles closed climb like snails to Diasella of Kaliakouda near the 1900m.
There struggling with Kotronias to turn in Turn No. 456990, uphill right hand makes a nice ... TSOUF the RPM (despair, as demonstrated by the very use) and get down to my boss back in WIDE dromo.I must say that Kaliakouda is a mountain that I had not registering "ownership" and thus the land i took a bright and airy place!
Fortunately we had nothing injuries and continue until Diasella the characteristic church that has made The association Dolianiton.
With the sun has fallen to well we are almost on top of Kaliakouda must give serious thought to the selection stay for the night.Proti M. village a few miles more.Denayed because we did good campsite and ultimately democratic (ie AGREED with me! ) will go Karpenisi (to suck money Vasilis) and then by the "public" will go on Agrafa phenom-night.
It could have been a better end so full day.By night, cool path to the Krenti we put petrol and got a call from the Peace (Dirtgirl) which delighted me said that he found a motorbike, a 640 in very good state of Thessaloniki and prepares come to our vrei.Alla and Costas (KostasYZ) took a phone to see how we go and take climate than the ride!
After the pleasure, ... cheap price of petrol (I gave 20 euros to fill 12 liters of RPM!) We caught the loose dirt up to the tavern Watermill filoixeni Takis Kitsiou.Ennoeitai that I did not took more than 30 "to talk to Takis and agreed the evening just closed the shop to make their mattresses and sleeping bags at one end and sleep at night.
Obviously the dinner table was a show ... but a healthy diet and sleep was deep and a warm fireplace and there in the tall Agrafa already anpsei ...
It was a very tiring but enjoyable day (as we say hurts but I like!)
Covered about 280chlm (of which 140 km tough gravel) and as they say and in my village ... so far so good! Be healthy with good mood and appetite for the next day are coming.After we saw little football in the tv We fell for sleep .... zzzzzzzzz
With the joy in the faces COURSE us!
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