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I'll post image descriptions later. We did the tour for around $3-4,000 riding two-up. This includes all the hidden costs like meals, drinks, what miniscule amount of shopping we could do, fuel, etc. Had a great time, but we probably would have had more fun doing a self-guided tour because one of the women in the group was totally unprepared for the kind of terrain and riding we were doing. Beautiful country, history, and riding.




































































































 

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Hey Kuhlka,

Some very nice photos there. Beautiful scenery.What about the squidly rider in shorts? Tell us more about the trip, how it came about, where you got the bikes, who organised it etc. I've done a couple of overseas bike tours, and this one seems to be very reasonably priced. How long were you away?
Looks like superb weather. D a m n, I'm jealous.
 

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http://www.triumphbiketours.com/

Thats where we got the tour info and a good discount on the trip. They also do tours of Italy, the UK, and other euro countries. Deb and Michael were both exceptionally nice although you have to squeeze them a bit for information on Greek history. Michael is an exceptional armchair philosopher and will talk you in circles until you concede you know absolutely nothing about nothing, lol. We had some fun conversations during the coffee breaks.

The trip was 10 days. Autumn and I went for our honeymoon at the end of August, beginning of September and we couldn't have asked for better weather. The temperature was right around 70-80 the entire time with NO rain... It was just incredibly beautiful weather.

Anyway, the photos of the stones with patchwork are from the Temple of Apollo. All over Greece at the historic monuments, they've been working on piecing back together fallen pieces of the temples and such and even working to 'fill in the blanks' with plaster to return the sites to their original glory. I envision this taking decades to complete, but their work was really interesting to check out.

The riding was mostly back roads, cliffs with no guard rail, awe-inspiring views of the sea that will just stop you in your tracks. It was just beauty after beauty. Even the more sparse and dead areas were awesome to behold. Just riding along thinking about how people actually walked across such a horridly rocky terrain for such long distances was humbling.

The guy in the shorts is the tour leader, Michael Stagonakis. He's been riding those roads soooo long and rides so consistant and predictable that he could probably ride the mountain switchbacks with one hand tied behind his back and a blindfold, lol. We kept a decent pace for half the trip, but after the first couple days, the other couple in the group wanted to slow things down a bit, and we ended up going a LOT slower. What I'd recommend if you want to do a trip like this is to get a GPS that covers Greece and do the self-guided tour (GPS so you don't have to rely on maps and risk getting lost), otherwise, you run the risk of getting stuck with someone who isn't anywhere near prepared for the kind of advanced riding you'll be doing in those mountains. Also, cars and all other traffic respect bikes, but the traffic there flows so well, they have a very different mode of driving. Basically, anything goes as long as you follow the speed limit in town and respect your fellow drivers... SO, expect to get passed very closely by people if you're not staying to the right, and other generally speedy but suprisingly efficient driving.
 

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That got my juices flowin'. Isn't this what motorcycle riding is all about. Those photos of old Greece are amazing. We don't have that kind of history here, well we do but its basically only lizards and kangaroos graffitied on rocks.
Those roads and views over the water are enough to get me checking on my holiday entitlements!!! Thanks
 

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The photos don't even do the trip justice! Especially the coastal mountainside ride. I got choked up when I came up the road through the mountains, then BOOM! Mediterranean Sea to my left side with about a 1,000ft dropoff for like 20 miles and constant twists and turns. Its just an AMAZING trip. No amount of textual description or photographs can truly give the feeling you'll have. I'd gladly pay the $3k for us to do it again every year. Too bad I'll be in grad school for 21 months straight doing video game design to be able for a while. Maybe do a celebratory trip in Italy after I graduate!
 

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Rob

If you do Italy, Malta is only about 90 mins by boat, away from Sicily.
We don't have mountains and our roads are not all they're cracked up to be (pun intended) but here most everyone speaks English and we have history by the buckets. AND like the UK, we drive on the left side (when not avoiding potholes and ruts) of the road......... :)
 

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Man, I am so jealous. I've worked on and off in Greece for the last 5-6 years, but haven't had the chance to tour riding. Isn't that bridge at Patra a beautiful bit of engineering? Northern Greece has some great roads as well.

FWIW, I worked on Sardegna, Italy this year and it has some phenomenal roads as well. Again, never had the chance to ride.

I think the new Tiger would be a great bike to do this on - a bit more suspension travel for some of the broken pavement.
 

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Kuhlka, thanks for sharing. And tell your wife she takes great riding pics. Knowing what a cycle-nut she is, did you let her do any of the driving while you sat pillion???

On 2006-11-26 21:45, kuhlka wrote:
I'd gladly pay the $3k for us to do it again every year.
You could always do Belushi impressions to make some of that money.

Capt.
 
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