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Old 01-27-2012, 02:15 PM   #91
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First stop after finding the sun again is at 11:45 at the monastery of Odigitria.








You might wonder what the hell the next picture is about...

Well, Kiriaki and yns had no proper winter gloves...
It was cold...
So, Kiriaki came up with the idea to use a pair of kitchen gloves under the the summer ones. And, it worked just fine

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Old 01-27-2012, 02:19 PM   #92
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From the monastery there are two dirt roads heading south. We take the right one, which is a dead end but leads to some interesting places.













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Old 01-27-2012, 02:22 PM   #93
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If you could just forget the snow covering the island...





...you could definitely state that we are having a easy pleasant ride in SPRING !


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Old 01-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #94
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See this hill? It is called Kefali (translation: Head) and that's where we are heading right now.



















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At last we arrive at the top of the hill. The view is SPECTACULAR!

















You can see the small islands Gavdos and even the tiny Gavdopoula which is 70 kilometers away from here!


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Near the small church are some ruins (a bit hard to find, they are dug into the rocks). Here was a German World War II observatory we heard. Of course we climb into the ruins and explore the site.





Which leads us to the cliff...









Cape Lithino, perhaps the most southern point of Crete
















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Old 01-27-2012, 02:54 PM   #98
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The observatory seems like the perfect place to eat lunch. But first lets get rid of the raincoats. It's relatively hot and we don't expect any more rain

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Please join us in what seems like an ordinary picnic on a cool Summer day!


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Old 01-27-2012, 03:03 PM   #100
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The rest of the ride comes later, enough for now, i need rest. (01:00 here)

Btw, the last 48 hours we have small earthquakes, every 30 mins or so (and two medium ones). It gets really annoying now, i want my Martini stirred, not shaken


Good night for now...




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Old 01-29-2012, 05:44 AM   #101
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Wow! Just beautiful.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:46 AM   #102
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After spending some hour resting and admiring the view, its time to check the surounding area and take a few more pictures.










Holy Cross,
The symbol of Cristianity.
This cross is dedicated from Thomas and Maria Manousaki to the global naval comunity to give them health and protection. Erected: 2006





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The view is definitely breathtaking, not suited for anyone who's afraid of heights!











Now, let us explain a bit of the history of this area.



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This area was and is pretty isolated from the agricultural and trade centers of Crete. This made it a perfect place for Hermits to come and live in the many caves of the Martsalo and Agiofarago canyons. In fact the name Agiofarago translated means Holy Canyon. Tenths of Hermits came here starting as early as 1100 AD followed by many who sought spiritual advice and counsel. One of their creations of that time is the monastery of Odigitrias we passed a few hours earlier. Both Canyons have many natural or human made caves where the hermits lived and if you search a bit you can find a few tracks of their household.
(You can expect a more detailed report about this area in another ride report dedicated entirely to this area)
Orange-> Our route
Red-> Martsalo Canyon
Yellow-> Agiofarago Canyon
Roads leads to the start of both Canyons but none passes through those. Nice place to hike though






A bit farther to the east many ships anchored are visible. That area is called Kaloi Limenes (Καλοί Λιμένες, translation: Good Harbors) and has a small island that's being used as a petrol station for ships. The winds blows usually from the north and the mountains protect any ships that seek shelter from the elements of nature.


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