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Old 07-06-2010, 08:45 AM   #1
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Valia Calda - Warm Valey Greece(june 2010)

Valia kalda Is the dream of every offroad traveller!! Each traveller owes at least a time in his life to cross, taste this part and who knows perhaps it sees some bear passing from doubly his.
Thus therefore 3 travellers, Dimitris with the 950se, Pericles with 990adv and i with 950adv we began for a travel of 4 days in the heart of mountainous Greece.
Therefore Departure is on Friday in 18.30 from the shop of Dimitri in order to meet Pericles that waited for in the tolls of Afidnon.Full petrol pump attendant in BP and full the accelerators in national as long as they allowed of course our offroad tires….that is to say 130-135 km.
An accidental meeting with the travellers of ORMA (off road madness) at the Seirio. Filled the place dirt people (it was a team of 12 people), we discussed for their travel in Agrafa village and we separated with the known wishes that give the motorcyclists.
We reach Trikala town at 22.30, we provide our stomachs in a beautiful square and leave for the 5* hotel Amalia that we found at the way for Kalampaka town.The price for a room of 3 beds was 90euro including breakfast .
The morning of Saturday at 9.30 we begin for the way Kalampaka – Metsovo - Aoos lake - Flampouri -Vobousa. Beautiful roadway in provincial street with good turns! Before Flampoyri village, right in the street appears an amazing lake foul of water flowers. About Bobousa is not necessary to describe, is simply a very beautiful village with river Aoos cross it and also the stone bridge gives an amazing view in the village.
Six kilometres after Bobousa we reach in the crossroad where we enter for Valia Kalda. Pindos, the National Forest or differently "Valia Kalda", which means at vlachika language "Hot Valley". Her name took him at euphemism as constitutes one from the coldest and humid regions of our homeland.
The big valley with dense forests of pines and beech, which cross impetuously the tributary of Aoou, which called Arkoydorema, constitutes the landmark of Forest. His total extent forest is 7.000 hectares and belongs in the prefectures Ioanninon and Grevenas.
The rich and wild natural environment of Forest constitutes shelter for the wild life of mountain. Coffee bear of Lygka, as well as other big mammals are also remarkable presences of wild animals until today. It is known that the Forest constitutes shelter and protects 7 species of amphibians insect fauna, 10 species of reptiles, 70 species of birds and 17 species of mammals, while his offer in the protection of insect fauna is unknown.
In his grounds also exist 415 species of plants, while the humidity of forest maintains one rich mushrooms flora with 86 types of mushrooms. Over there where is founded Valia Kalda and Arkoudorema are stretched out big extents from forests of black pines and very infrequent firs.
Enigmatic is the presence of small clumps of forestall pine in the forests of black pine and beech, while requires more humid and colder climates and makes his appearance in more southern utmost Balkan. In the mountainous points sprouts only the type durable in the cold coniferous tree, which lives for more than a hundred years Rompolo. Each one should only be considered as one of a few alive Natural monuments.
Our goal is to get at Arkoydorema where we camp. The landscape in the way to ger there is fantastic.Reaching the Arkoydorema we realise that we where the only unique campers at the area. We camp and we begin walk taking the path for the Flegka lakes, without finally however we reach in the end because it touched us the dark.
Back in the camp therefore with very labour, big difficulty we accomplished also to turn on fire with the fresh timbers of the area. However necessary in order to we cook the appetizers and the evening it keeps far the bears, as said to us the foresters earlier. Alas however when came the hour of sleep the fire extinguished with result one from us of staying up because it heard as said "something" it walks near in the tents.
The morning of Sunday found for us well fortunately and with the escort showers took the other street that leads to the village Krania where in splendid hotel “La Moara” we took one rich morning.
After stopped the rain, we began with destination Nestorio village near Kastoria town we pass Grevena town and we took the dirtroad for Kalirachi, Dotsiko, Eptachori. Beautiful way with a stop at Dotsiko village for photographs in beautiful curved stone bridge. Right after Eptachori we followed the known road way for Nestorio.
Reaching in the village the afternoon we late made a small walk in the shingle doubly in Aliakmona river and then we went at the hotel Alexandros paid for food and sleep (60 euro 3bed room including breakfast ). Nestorio is a beautiful mountainous village, ideal for campaigns in Grammos mountain! In Aliakmona river exists the Community installations where in August becomes River Party.
The morning of Monday was ideally for coffee at the lake of Kastorias. One of the most beautiful cities of Greece!
Via Kozani-Larissa-Lamia therefore return in Athens with the suitcases full pictures, echo, smells from this splendid travel.


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