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Old 07-10-2011, 04:17 PM   #31
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Back on the road and we reach Koroni on the east side of the small peninsula. Now there was a surprise for us... Its castle isn't very famous but we loved it and had a great time walking through it. The main reasons are that it is still inhabited by civilians and has a populated monastery, it has ancient Greek, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and modern ruins, has a great view and it's a nice walk...











Here we go!








Small beach..




Long Beach..


The beautiful garden of the monastery




Overlooking the village


The pillars are ancient (5th century BC), the small church is Byzantine and the walls around Venetian...


The road inside the castle


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Yeah, I know, the portrait photos are sideways, I will try to fix it but for now, tilt your head to the right..








Competition






We were so joyous we actually thought that taking a picture of the cemetery with me smiling would be cool...














Koroni left us with great impressions, it seemed like a very calm and traditional village, even though it is a very popular summer destination...
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:57 PM   #32
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We leave Koroni and head towards Kalamata, the 2nd largest city of Peloponnisos, we are just riding through, our goal it to reach Lakonia, the South-Eastern part.







Cunning side shot...


Past Kalamata the Lakonian architecture is strikingly different, as well as the change of scenes, this is a dry land with little vegetation and seems harsh and isolated...







All those clouds never got threatening, they were just there to give better shots..












The beaches continue to be tempting but we have road to cover...






A lot of stone and tower-like houses are typical here...






On the way to Oitilo


Mordor


Let's eat, shall we?




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It's funny how local youngsters on small bikes feel the need to show off their skills when they see loaded big tourers, This one was going all out to impress us with a noisy rusty pipe...






ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY RIDE INTO MORDOR!






Our restaurant, the owner was a biker and naturally didn't charge us for the coffee after the meal... That's free coffee 3 days in a row!


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Old 07-10-2011, 05:37 PM   #33
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Finally we reach Gytheio, our destination for the day. We first take a few pics at the small peninsula with the lighthouse...





Yeah, you're ready for the Dakar...


We then continue on the shore with the intention of finding our camp spot. Today though I tell Ghallas that I'd rather we didn't pitch the tent, it seems pointless since everytime I wake up by the sun... Truth be told, when changing location every day, even the 30 minutes it takes to pitch and put down the tent seem too much work, especially if the weather is so good you don't really need it...

Anyway we see this beach with the shipwreck and, more importantly, some caravans on the south side... Let's check it out!




The place was good enough and we decided not to pitch the tent so fully loaded we head back to Gytheio for a drink. On the way back, we decide to see if there was an even better spot to sleep (more quiet) so we ride down some small roads but there are many houses and some expensive hotels near-by so it would be to risky.

We turn the bikes around the small dead-end road and set out. Ghallas is in front as he was behind me entering the dead-end, which was about 50m, dirt. I follow him and half way to the asphalt I feel something pulling on my boot, it keeps on tightening and I realise it's a fishing line, but I believe it will soon break and set me free. I am doing no more than 20 - 25 km/h... Suddenly my foot is free but the back wheel locks up at the same time. I manage to pull the clutch just before it stalls and also manage to stay upright until I come to a stop. I take the side stand down, descend and look at the rear wheel. This is what I see...




Ghallas comes back after he noticed I wasn't following, and he gives me his pocket knife (mine stayed home as I forgot to put it in the tankbag )


About 15 minutes later the wheel is free again, that was close!



We finally get to Gytheio and wash down some drinks.



We actually stayed until late, then rode back to the shipwreck to turn in...



There we are, like bums, but feeling like kings, we talk a bit more and then get some sleep, I swear one cricket was trying to come into my sleeping bag, or was it my imagination? Anyway sleeping directly under the stars is mystifyingly primitive and somehow offers us city-boys a much needed sense of freedom and closeness to nature...











I love you, I love you, I love you!








The beach is turtle egg-laying ground, there are these structures telling passers-by to watch their step, as the nests are protected by law.


The wreck was a nice touch to say the least...


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Old 07-10-2011, 05:51 PM   #34
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Last day is upon us, but before we reach Athens, we had some more sight-seeing to do....

The route today is about 430km, with us getting lost but finding a great road we would have missed if not for our stupidity...

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Old 07-11-2011, 12:51 AM   #35
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Next morning there is no snooze button...





Once up, the place is serene and beautiful.. The morning swim is so refreshing...









There is also coffee at the beach bar!



We take our time repacking and still we manage to have everything ready at 10.30, our personal best for the trip!



Then back on the road!

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Old 07-11-2011, 04:26 AM   #36
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We take the main road till Sparta, and then get back on the secondary roads towards Megalopolis...

THIS IS SPARTA!




Getting better...


And Better...


Even more so...




These guys have a great view from their balconies...






Back on the road, it was full of pebbles, I almost lost the front at a turn...






This area was also struck by the 2007 fires...


We reach Karitaina, the villages of this area are very well looked after and a lot of money has been poured into them... The source of the funding comes from certain past ministers who were from the area are linked to this... No matter the situation, these villages are clean, organized, wealthy and worth a visit...






Then we get lost again. I know, it's ridiculous, but today we had no gps, since mine decided to go on strike, complaining about the battery even when plugged in... We end up in dirt roads, with no signs, knowing that Stemnitsa, our next destination is less than 15km away, but we can't reach it... Finally we reach another dead-end with a lovely monastery, and there is only one more road to try, we have been many hours on the saddle under the sun and I got a bit nervous.. The scenery kept me calm nonetheless...







Beautiful stone bridge in the middle of nowhere...


The monastery, the road ends here, again.


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Works past Megalopolis








Where the hell are we?
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:52 AM   #37
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Great report mate!

I made the same trip back in 2004...

Keep this up!

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Old 07-11-2011, 05:59 AM   #38
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So after a bit of double driving we take the last option and ride on, the road goes through some very narrow parts (a passenger car would barely fit), and we somehow end up on a twisty road which says it will lead to Stemnitsa after 11km.



Local highway, it's not very obvious but it was really steep...


We came through that bridge, it is barely a car's width.


Then we start to climb...




And climb...








And climb....


Some parts were messy..






Keep on climbing...




A little bit more... The view and the road are amazing..


And finally reach Stemnitsa... Another great looking, clean village..




Good stuff...




We then head to Dimitsana, a well known village with rich history, especially during the 1821 independence wars.. We decide to eat here...






The village is very traditional and a walk at the small alleys is rewarding..


The view form the restaurant..


Guess what, the owner was a biker (enduro, cross) and dessert and coffees were on the house... This concludes a streak of 4 free coffees for 4 consecutive days!!


"Screw you, I have 25 more days of vacations.."


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Old 07-11-2011, 06:06 AM   #39
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Great report mate!

I made the same trip back in 2004...

Keep this up!

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Thanks Lefteri! Your thread is also top notch! Κανονικά έπρεπε να μας πληρώνει ο ΕΟΤ...
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The end of the ride was near, but there were some more surprises before the inevitable return...

The restaurant owner suggested we returned to Tripoli through Chrysovitsa, stating that it was a great scenic route, we took his advice, thankfully....

Just before that, we visited the "open air water power museum", which shows how water was used to do various noble things, such as produce gun powder..



"PlatAnic Love".. That tree is a "Platanos", if you're a Spanish speaker, it has nothing to do with bananas...








"Attention, house party going on just below"





Let's tan some skins!


Or should we make some gun powder?


That's the real deal, an actual gun powder mill from the 1800s..





I tested my Hein Gericke goretex boots, sat in the stream and no leaks at all.. They'd better, I got the wrong size and my toe hurts a bit so they should at least keep my dry...


One for the road...


After that we headed for Tripoli, meaning the highway, meaning we were about to get home...

But wait, this last section is not bad at all...


Not bad at all...





In fact, it is amazing!











But that soon comes to an end... Tripoli..


And out on the highway, let's burn some gas...


Boring but fast...


Last pit stop..


Akrokorinthos, the acropolis of ancient Korinth, we're about to enter Attika...


Made it home, some happy faces were waiting for me!
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:31 AM   #41
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So there you are! 4 days and so much to see. Needless to say that we barely scratched the surface here and that we actually missed some very famous and beautiful places along the way. Bare in mind that all ships from Italy come to Patras, meaning that on your way to Athens or to the east you could easily spend some time visiting the Peloponnese.

Even the most remote areas are not so remote in terms of isolation, there is always some kind of settlement in 20 - 30 km at most. It is an adventure with a sissy twist, you won't feel threatened by nature nor people at any moment, even the snakes are moderately poisonous!

Expect to pay about 10 euros per person for an organized camp ground, or about 40 to 60 for a decent room. Free camping is free but make sure you are in a spot where it's tolerated, otherwise you could get in (minor) trouble.

Food ranges from 15 euros pp for humble but saturating souvlaki to 20 - 30 for a full Greek meal (many appetizers, meze, drinks and dessert). Generally the tavervas and restaurants are clean and decent just pick the one that you find most appealing..

The gas is on the rise (as always it seems here), current countryside prices are 1,6 to 1,7 per liter, same as most of Europe as I recently rent a car abroad...

Feel free to post here or send a pm if you feel it's necessary if you plan on visiting. If you do, I'm sure you'll have a good time!
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:02 PM   #42
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Bravo!!!!!!

a great report, pics and trip!

thanks so much

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Old 07-11-2011, 02:33 PM   #43
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Well Done

Simply Amazing views, much as I thought it would be. I enjoyed your wit.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:52 PM   #44
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μετα απο αυτο το ρεπορτο χιλιαδες τουριστες θα κατακλεισουν την Πελλοπονησο...κ εσεις θα καμαρωνετε ως αλλοι Αβραμοπουλοι..χε,χε
περαν του αστειου ευγε λεβεντες!μας δειξατε ομορφιες που ξεχναμε οτι υπαρχουν διπλα μας.αντε κ στα επομενα!
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:08 PM   #45
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Great report amazing teller with amazing photos in amazing places.!!!!

BRAVO.........!
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