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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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    We had some needed down time while Petros was working. He is a navigator on the C130. Bit this did not mean we got much sleep as we were out most nights until after 2 am in the bar our friend Nikos works in.

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

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

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

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

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saturday we rode into the city to try and see the ruins on the Acropolis. This is very expensive at 20 Euros each and mobbed with people. It was also very hot. So all round we did not enjoy this that much. The hang overs did not help.

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

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

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Riding north we headed to the home of Petros’s parents in Larissa for some traditional Greek cooking and gracious hospitality.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 21.34.54 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We booked it half way on the toll road and then got off just before Thermopylae to make a stop at the monuments for the battle of Thermophlae and the monument to Leonidas made famous by the movie “300”.

    “Leonidas I who died in 480 BC was a Greek warrior king of the Greek city-state of Sparta. He led the Spartan forces during the Second Persian War, and is remembered for his death at the Battle of Thermopylae. Leonidas was the third son of Anaxandridas II of Sparta, and thus belonged to the Agiad dynasty, who claimed descent from the hero Heracles. A monument to Leonidas was erected at Thermopylae in 1955. It features a bronze statue of Leonidas. A sign, under the statue, reads simply: "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ" ("Come and take"), which the Spartans said when the Persians asked them to put down their weapons at the start of the Battle of Thermopylae.”

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

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

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

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

    It was all good except for the 45 minutes of pouring rain and several very slick spots with diesel on the road near to Larissa.

    We were warmly welcomes by Petros’s parents and fed very well!


    [​IMG]Detsika by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now we must head north. We are on a deadline to get to Venice for June 29 th. We are planning to go to Ohrid Macedonia today.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 21.43.06 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    “Macedonia, officially the Republic of Macedonia. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. It became a member of the United Nations in 1993, but, as a result of an ongoing dispute with Greece over the use of the name Macedonia, was admitted under the provisional description the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (abbreviated as FYROM). After the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, the name of Macedonia became the object of a dispute as the Republic of Macedonia borders the region of Greek Macedonia. Citing historical and territorial concerns resulting from the ambiguity between the Republic of Macedonia, the adjacent Greek region of Macedonia and the ancient kingdom of Macedon which falls within Greek Macedonia, Greece opposes the use of the name "Macedonia" by the Republic of Macedonia without a geographical qualifier, supporting a compound name (such as "Northern Macedonia”). As millions of ethnic Greeks identify themselves as Macedonians, unrelated to the Slavic people who are associated with the Republic of Macedonia, Greece further objects to the use of the term "Macedonian" for the neighboring country's largest ethnic group. The Republic of Macedonia is accused of appropriating symbols and figures that are historically considered parts of Greece's culture (such as Vergina Sun, a symbol associated with the ancient kingdom of Macedon, and Alexander the Great).”

    We set out in the sun shine and only had about 15 min of showers today.

    [​IMG]Ohrid by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to the Greek border we received out EU exit stamp.

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

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

    We then drove the short distance to the “Macedonian” border. Here we reported to the Police for the passport check.

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

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

    The main issue most people have here is they do not want to pay the outrageous price for the insurance. It is 50 euros plus 5 for processing for 15 days (in a country where you might spend 2 days). We really have no choice as the police will not let you in with your EU Green card insurance. Dan was told by the police that the price is too high, but one of the truckers made a few calls to several agencies in Bitola 16 km away and they all quoted the same price. So no shake down just crazy high insurance prices for foreigners. We are not going to Kosovo since it is also 50 Euros for insurance, you can not drive thru kosovo to Serbia, and you may not get into Serbia from Bulgaria if you have a Kosovo stamp in your passport. Serbia does not recognize kosovo as an independent entity. Why can people not just get along! That said the Macedonia’s themselves were very nice and after this short delay we were on our way.


    [​IMG]Ohrid-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Ohrid is in a lake and is full of hotels, narrow cobble streets, and pedestrian walking zones. They have several Byzantine churches and an ancient theatre.


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

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

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

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    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    What a great RR as usual. You guys are living the dream!! Thanks for taking us along.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey Joe thanks so much! Hi from Mostar, Bosnia!
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I would recommend a visit to the St. John the Forerunner Bigorski Monastery believer or not. It is a lovely tranquil spot. The church itself is quite spectacular with the icons, gold and silver, and a massive chandelier. The road there is worth it.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 20.20.01 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Skpoje CC-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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    We arrived to the capital, which is actually quite a strange place. The city centre is full of massive and iconic statues, many of which we are not sure how they are connected to Macedonia. The place is either falling apart or half finished. It is a bit like disney on acid. They have created this grandiose city centre when there is not money for this. Many of these “iconic” buildings were not here a few years ago. There is even theme music playing from the lamp posts.


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

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are headed to Sofia the capital of Bulgaria in 245 km and the location of the manufacturer of our awesome Bumot luggage.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 20.29.39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Leaving the city centre we saw a lot of police checks and machine guns…time to leave. It is a short trip on the toll road out of town to the secondary highway to Bulgaria. We stopped to visit the Saint Joachim Osogovski Monastery that is about 15 km from the border. The small church there has stunning Byzantine decorations.

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

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The exit from Macedonia took a lot longer than the entry. They wanted our passports, title, and green card insurance (not valid in Macedonia), but interestingly not our Macedonian insurance that had cost us 55 Euros. The official was quite gruff as well and he could not figure out why if we had Canadian passports our bike were from Colombia (ie British Columbia)…..


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

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

    Then it is a short ride to the Bulgarian border, where you give your passport and green card to the border police. They made copies and sent us thru to customs. They were searching all the vehicles ahead of us. When we pulled up he pointed to the passports in the top of the tank bag and said “Are you from Canada?” Dan answered yes and he slapped Dan on the back and said “ good for you” and waved us thru.


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

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    He spent some time to try to adjust Daniel’s rack that was damaged in the “fuel truck” incident. He put it on the jig to see just how far off the geometry was and then make adjustments to almost like new. That said the pannier that was badly damaged and repaired still id water tight. Just to be safe Assen had the seal replaced on the lid. A huge THANK YOU to Assen and Bumot for all the help and support.

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

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