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Old 01-27-2012, 12:23 PM   #76
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A snow removing vehicle seems to have passed the road and temperature is still above 3 grad C so i think it's safe. We keep pushing south, a bit frightened but also exited for witnessing such a phenomenon with our bikes in Crete.









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Old 01-27-2012, 12:26 PM   #77
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We even get a glimpse of clear sky now and then, you thing the weather might get better?






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Old 01-27-2012, 12:52 PM   #78
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Perhaps you Canadians or northerners in general are laughing right now looking at the amount of snow that produced chaos in Crete's road network, but consider that this is not a regular phenomenon. Snow in the mountains, yes, but almost covering the whole island? No, this happens once in 10 or 15 years... So, just pay a man with a bulldozer some euro and go try solve the problem however you can when this happens!






Anyway, as we get in the middle of the island where the altitude is higher, the weather gets progressively worse. The rain-snow we had for the last 15 minutes develops into snow-rain which leads to plain snow







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The road is full with vehicles, stuck in the snow and abandoned from their owners, and just a couple bikes disturb the peace of the scenery. OUR bikes







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Old 01-27-2012, 12:59 PM   #80
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At last we find a settlement!
But...
What is the name of this village?

...άρα ?

...arvara ?







Well, i guess it must be Agia Barbara in the center of Crete and at the highest point of the road south (580 meters)


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Indeed, ladies and gentlemen, i proudly present you, the snow covered Agia Barbara !











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Old 01-27-2012, 01:10 PM   #82
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Hmm, i mean, wtf, we must be mad riding in this weather...
Many of the locals think the same or guess that we have lost our road. They even offer us some Raki and a bit of food if we care to stop for a few hours (the hospitality i wrote about in another post...) but we wanted adventure!
Maybe on our way back we might take a bite or two ...







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Old 01-27-2012, 01:22 PM   #83
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At Agia Barbara we turn right toward the village of Zaros and Gergeri. A few hundred meters after there is a big slope and a point with clear view towards west. We first try our luck here, just to check how things are.






Same here as the whole island...

Snow snow snow.
Better turn the bikes around and get to the main road while we still can.






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Old 01-27-2012, 01:34 PM   #85
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:38 PM   #86
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Well, definitely not looking good. We have now 0 grad C the roads is slippery and it starts snowing a bit heavier.
That invitation for a Raki we got earlier starts to become more and more tempting...
Still, we can see a bit of blue sky sometimes and...






...and even the sun can pass those snowy clouds.



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Old 01-27-2012, 01:55 PM   #87
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We where about to give up when, well, when a 70 year old shepherd arrives with his old scooter and its almost sleek tires.
He salutes us, chats a bit and...




...just continues his ride like nothing out of the ordinary is happening, to feed his sheep up the mountains...






Well, if a 70 year old man with a shitty scooter and shitty tires can continue riding
, so can we so get back on the bikes!
We ride SOUTH !




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Some cars are coming from the south without chains on their tires. Seems that the road doesn't get worse at least.









But just before we enter the Messara plain...


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...the snow stops from falling and the roads are clear. As seen in the picture, under a certain altitude there is no snow!






And not only that, even the sky gets clear letting the sun warm us. You know, this is not an uncommon sight, different weather north and south Crete.


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