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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Detour

There was a trench across the road for the installation of a new water pipe and the road up the mountain was closed.  The police car was there to stop anyone crazy enough to charge the water brigade.  One of our neighbours waved us down and told us to take the long way home.  Thank goodness we live in a small community.  It would have meant a 3 kilometre ride up the mountain to discover a hole in the road, 3 ks back again and then 6 ks around the back road.

So it was just 6 ks along the beach, up towards the monastery and then the climb through the pine forest to the top the hill, past the remains of Poesidon's Temple and evenutally home.  On a quad bike its a long slow trek with plenty of time to think and plot.  



The road through the pine trees with a fresh heady scent of resin after a recent rainfall.   I climbed up here at about 5kms an hour, chug chug chug, as slow/fast as a driveable lawnmower


Quite a few little shrines on these roads, most of the victims were young and male


Emerging on the other side
This is our home turf.
The beach way down below, mainland Greece in the background and Athens on the far horizon  


City slickers stop here to admire the view and take a few photos.  The municipality lately have installed benches at all these pitcuresque points.  Very good for business


Driving along outside the few remaining walls of the temple, the anemones are in bloom

18 comments:

  1. Lately no matter where you go there are Road works.
    It happens every time it’s an election year!
    It’s a right royal pain in the proverbial

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    1. Yes, that's why our harbour road is closed. Darn them. At least they're doing it out of the tourist season

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  2. That was nice! Thanks for taking us on your little tour. I love looking off in the distance. -Jenn

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    1. Should have taken more photos. It was a long drive

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  3. It is a long ride for a quad bike,but beautiful.

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    1. Chug chug chug. Very slow. If we'd known we would have taken the car

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    1. Views are wonderful. On a clear day the green of the pines and the blue of the sea make for a picture perfect scene

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  5. A quad bike. Will have to look that up!

    💛

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    1. Four big wheels. Can't remember the other name you all know it by. ATV or something like that. This one is not huge though...more of a Mini

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  6. Is a quad bike your usual mode of transport?

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    1. In the summer yes. Everyone rides scooters or motorbikes but I'm a bit unsteady on those .

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  7. Our roads are often blocked by falling trees. The roads are very quiet, so after any strong wind, I always put the chainsaw in the car!

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  8. Most of the trees along the road are pine and you're not allowed to cut them or lop off branches. I suppose a fallen tree is fair game but pine resin bungs up our chimney. We do collect the cones for kindling. Loads of those on the roadside.

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  9. It looks very beautiful - and such a lovely day for February!

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    1. I do hope you get warm weather for trip. Great spending a day in smoky cafes with locals but you want to be able to get out and explore. Let me know how it goes

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    2. Thanks! Not so keen on the smoky cafes though as I have asthma :)

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  10. Good scenery to pass through on your detour.

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