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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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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a short 180 km to get to delphi and small village on the side of Mount Parnassus.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 17.23.13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We are headed here to see the 4th century BC ruins of the temple of Apollo. We took the small secondary roads for the first half. Again we saw 1 car. There were some very steep tight switchbacks like a mini Stelvio.

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Delphi CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    WOW! Beeeeeeeauuuuuutiful.
    Still luvin' every post.
    Why so little traffic?
  5. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Every update better then the last. I loved the reports from western europe but
    this last area is fantastic. Photos are stunning. Thanks from the TDot
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our Greek friends tell us that no one has any money so they are not going anywhere. It is true even in Athens a city of 5 million. You would expect it to be terrible traffic jams, but there is not.
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks Tim

    We will spend the rest of the summer in "eastern Europe". Can not wait for Montenegro, Hungary, Bulgaria!! SP
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    “Delphi is a town on Mount Parnassus in the south of mainland Greece. It's the site of the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo, once home to a legendary oracle. This extensive mountainside archaeological complex contains the remains of the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, plus a stadium and a theatre. Delphi Archaeological Museum displays artifacts found among the ruins.”


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There we some of the artifact from the site here in the museum.


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

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

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

    [​IMG]Delphi-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

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

    This plate is from 450 BCE!!


    [​IMG]Delphi-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    “Among the Ancient Greeks, it was a widespread belief that Delphi was the center of the world. According to the myth regarding the founding of the Delphic Oracle, Zeus, in his attempt to locate the center of the earth, launched two eagles from the two ends of the world, and the eagles, starting simultaneously and flying at equal speed, crossed their paths above the area of Delphi. From this point, Zeus threw a stone from the sky to see where it will fall. The stone fell at Delphi, which since then was considered to be the center of the world, the omphalos - "navel of the earth". Indeed, the same stone thrown by Zeus took the same name and became the symbol of Apollo, the sacred Oracle and more generally of the region of Delphi.”



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

    [​IMG]Delphi-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Thanks for continuing to post all these fantastic photos and wonderful history. You're helping me to see and learn far more than school could ever give me. After the mention of no traffic on the roads, I notice that there's no one else in the pics of many of the archeological sites. How soon we forget about the difficult times for the Greek people as soon as news of their economy drops from the headlines. I hope the good news of their work to help the migrants will never be forgotten.
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    I continue to enjoy your wonderful updates. Thank you for sharing. :wings
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I think it is early in the tourist season and it was a bit rainy. The Parthenon was a mad house, which i mostly why we did not fancy it very much! The situation is very grave for sure!
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey THANKS!!! We can look back on it when we are old and decrepit and can't remember where we went back in the day. Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are headed to Athens to visit our friend Petros who we met on the Faroe Islands last summer. We planned a wandering route on the small roads thru the villages.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 20.15.43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    This went well until about 8 km from Thisvi when Daniel found he had a flat rear tire. We pulled over and took off the wheel.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 20.06.09 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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

    [​IMG]Delphi-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Delphi-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We set off but found there was still a slow leak that got progressively more rapid. We were not 1/12 hours from Athens and had to meet our friend in 30 minutes. We filled the tire and drove the 8 km to the village of Thisvi. Luckily there was a gas station for fuel and air. Also luckily the attendant spoke English perfectly and called our friend to let him know we would not be there as expected.


    We limped along and stopped every 15 km to pump up the tire and made it to the small city of Thivia.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 20.07.43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 20.05.51 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here we stopped at the first gas station to ask if they knew where we could get a tube for the tire and luckily there was a tire shop 200 meters further up the road. These guys were great and though they had a slightly smaller tube it worked. They were very careful and thorough. Petros the head technician finally found a metal wire barried sideways in the rubber. This had punctured the second tube.

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

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

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

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

    Then we had an hour on the toll road to get to Athens.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 20.07.08 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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