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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This brought us to the capital Tirana at about 730 pm. At this round about we were in the left lane and about 3 minutes later we were pulled over by an unmarked police car. This would be the first time in 4 years. He cut Dan off to force him over3 lanes and could have caused an accident. This was all just to warn us that in Albania motorcycles are not allowed to drive in the left lane. Hard to know since there are almost no motorbikes or scooters in this country.

    [​IMG]Berat CC-46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We then still had 123 Km to go to get to Berat on the highway.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.18.17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived here after dark and had to get directions to the hotel since the GPS was telling us to drive up a stairway on a path. The hotel is actually inside the walled hill top Castle of Berat. This is up a brick road and into the walled city. Here we were warmly greeted out on the road by the owners, who had begun to worry about us since we arrived so late. They had heard the motor coming up the hill and came out to make sure we found the way in the dark. We felt so grateful for the family of Bora, Leo, Xeno, and Klea for taking such wonderful care of us. We were so exhausted we stayed 2 nights.

    [​IMG]Berat-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We rested most of the day but did take time to tour the small old city and the museum and take a walk down into the city to see some of the churches and mosques.

    [​IMG]Berat by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We headed this morning out of the castle walls and then cross country to the city of Fier. Nearby is the ancient city of Apollonia, which was a very important place in the past.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 20.12.58 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Sarande CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande CC-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Apollonia-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From there we are going to the coast and down the scenic SH8. Some of this is thru the Kombetar Llogara National Park. (Goggle will not route thru from Ducat to Dhermi in the park). The road climbs up and down the mountain over numerous switchbacks.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 20.14.27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    From the top you have a view of the southern Albanian coast and the Greek island of Corfu. We ended the day in the beach side town of Sarande.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 20.13.57 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande CC-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sarande by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  6. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    So jealous.............. Keep it coming!
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    THANKS!! Another adventure today with a flat tire in the hills in Greece. We just arrived to Athens for a few days to visit Petros, who we met on the Faroe Islands last year and then we are off to Macedonia, Kosavo, Bulgaria.....
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Next there is a short drive to the Greek passport control. They only want your passport here. The agent was so funny when I pulled up beside Dan at the checkpoint he gave me a big thumbs up and said “Sara you are a long way from home”. As he was reviewing our documents he was asking Dan questions about our trip. Then he grinned and said “ clearly you are spies”. Passports stamped back into the Schengen zone. YEAH!

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From the border the things that are first apparent are the fantastic road conditions and the lack of trash on the side of the road. The drivers here seem quite courteous as well. We are destined to Meterora, but will take the long way thru the Pindou National Park. Here we drive amazing winding roads for several hours and saw about 3 other vehicles.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 13.02.46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 13.02.00 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]Meteora-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    [​IMG]Meteora-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora CC-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora CC-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The last part of the high mountain pass the sign says “drive at your own risk”. Here we saw no oncoming vehicles, there were some rough patches and loose gravel, and at the end a huge step down across the entire road. When we got to the other end it is actually blocked from traffic entering that way.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 13.03.06 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Snowplow station

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    You can see the rocks of Meteora from about 20 km away. The view is really stunning.

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora CC-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 13.06.49 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    “The Metéora, literally "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" is one of the most spectacular and unique rock formations in the world. Immense monolithic pillars and hills like huge rounded boulders dominate the local area.

    It is also associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly in central Greece.”


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteora



    We arrived in late afternoon, but did get a chance to check out some of the monastery views.

    [​IMG]Meteora-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-41 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-33 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Meteora-28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Meteora-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Wow!!! Continue like that please ;)
  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much!!!!
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our next destination is Delphi, which you could reach in just over 3 hours on the highway. We planned a better route south thru the mountains with a stop in Agrinio. This took us just about 6 hours for 233 km.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 19.14.03 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 19.14.44 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    I would say for 5 of these hours we saw less then 5 other vehicles on the road.

    [​IMG]Agrino CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Agrino CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Delphi-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did see lots of cows, sheep, goats, and debris on the road.


    [​IMG]Agrino CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Agrino CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Agrino CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There was a short dirt road section in the middle, but this is civilized Greece and the road is a road and there was even trash cans out at the end of the driveways for what was obviously routine collection trucks.



    [​IMG]Agrino CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Delphi-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Agrino CC-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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