Road to Tuscany 05/06/2010

30 06 2010

We arrived in Ancona a bit late due to usual delays in Igoumenitsa port (illegal immigrants and loads of tracks waiting to embark).
The port of Ancona at first view looks really clean, not the usual port I am used to in Greece, lots of old maintained buildings are scattered around.
Once we laid our “tires” on the Italian road I was initially nervous, it was my first trip abroad, needed some time to orient myself and understand which direction should we follow, I didn’t have a GPS so our only directional tool was a crappy tourist map, the map really sucked as all of the roads where really tiny and you couldn not get a good estimation of where you where exactly. The only thing I knew for sure was that we needed to head towards Perugia and from there to hit the roads towards the Lake of Trasimeno.

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Road to Tuscany 04/06/2010

23 06 2010

Since I started photography as a hobby of mine I was always inspired by the landscapes of Tuscany whenever I saw them. Famous photographers always mentioned the vast fields and the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, and painters through the Renaissance up to today are inspired by the fantastic chiaroscuro effects of the landscape formations on this area of Italy.

I was planning a trip abroad for quite some time, and what better than combine photography with motorcycles! The destination was quickly set, thanks to information from fellow photographers I managed to set our base location to San Quirico D’Orcia, a lovely Tuscan small town located between the famous yet fantastic Tuscan Rolling hills. A quick search over the Internet revealed that there was a plethora of places to stay in that area, we wanted something more traditional to combine the lovely countryside with the traditional architecture, so we opted for Agritourism. After carefull inspection and research we decided that Ill Poggiolo located just outside the San Quirico town would be the ideal match! A lovely building dating back from 1700!

We decided that our best match would be to stay all of the nights at the same place, this would remove the hassle of packing and mounting / unmounting luggages on our motorcycles, San Quirico D’Orcia is kind of centrally located in Tuscany so it provides amble opportunities to ride around and enjoy the spots of the famous landscape.

We booked our ferry tickets which would transfer us from Patra of Greece to Ancona in Italy, 04/06/2010 was set as our departure date and 12/06/2010 as our return date, 1 full week to enjoy our trip and discover the Italian countryside.

I took the day off at 04/06/2010 to make sure everything would be on time, since our ferry was departing from Patra at 17:30pm we needed to be on the road at 13:30pm. I met with my friend George at Attiki road which crosses Attiki and lands on the Greek national road which interconnects Athens to Corinth. A small stop for some water and the first pictures is necessary (sun was really hot…really really hot) and off we are towards Patra!

After a really boring trip towards Patra (where you also pay a damn 2 euros toll for a ghost road) we finally arrive at the port of Patra, we check in and we board on the ship! First day has ended regarding road trips, now the sea journey begins!

Map of the day:

Valley no more…

15 11 2009

So it was planned for yesterday to ride towards the valley of Parnassos, but on the move the plans changed! 🙂
We started at 09:00am in the morning, 3 motorcycles and 4 riders, headed – as we initially had planned – towards Delphi, the weather was sunny but yet this time it was colder, I didn’t predict the lower temperature on some places and I was not wearing suitable trousers!
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14/11/2009 Parnassos valley

13 11 2009

The week rolled boringly, waiting patiently for the next escape from everyday city madness!
So Friday has arrived and our minds are already tripping far away, to distant routes and warm villages surrounded by cold and magical mountains! What better than a trip towards Parnassos mountain, and the exploration of its lovely valley.
We start 08:30am Saturday morning, head towards Kastro from where we exit and head towards Livadia and from there to Arachova, we bypass the luxourious and crowded Arachova and head towards the mystical and ancient Delphi we stop for a coffee over a lovely nice cafe overlooking the Delphic olive tree valley. After our short stop we head towards the ancient site of the Delphi oracle.
Our next waypoint is the valley of Parnassos valley, we head towards Arrachova and we take the turn towards Parnassos valley, once on the valley we will be riding a few Km’s admiring the fantastic view of this place!
Around 500 Km’s again, so be prepared for a late return! 🙂


23 10 2009

All the photographs are peeling
and colors turn to gray, he stayed
in his room with memories for days, he faced
an undertow of future’s laid to waste, embraced
by the loss of one he could not replace…

Spit it out Johny…the journey is here and the mood is around, should the weather co-operate we shall be doing half a thousand Km’s in a days joy!
I have in mind many different destinations and nothing beats a nice old traditional village on one of the most appealing Greek mountain landscapes!
So tripod is getting ready, photographic equipment as well, the bike is getting serviced (damn I wish there where self healing engines!) and we are preparing for what sounds as a lovely weekend!
It’s been a long time since I roamed around traditional villages with a motorcycle, and it was about time I did so!
First stop is Kammena Vourla for a lovely coffee and some Loukoumades (check Greek dictionary for meaning 😀 ), next we continue towards Damasta and Bralos (Greek magic #2), we continue for Pavliani and finish to Athanassios Diakos, enjoying the Greek country (and some Greek traditional food 😀 😀 ).
After out lovely meal, (damn I feel nice…) we prepare for the return, a return which in my humble opinion (we don’t give a s**t about it) should be relaxing and calming (yeah! you know lamb chops need their time… ). We head towards Kaloskopi, and from there on to Amfiklia (maybe another nice stop for a quick coffee? ) on from Amfiklia we head towards Cheronia, after Cheronia we head for Kastro which is our last part of the “slow” Greek country and we reach the “new” National highway, onwards the journey is typical until we reach our home!

So we start!

7 10 2009

So since 1st of October 2009 this blog comes to life, the BMW R1150GS is now in my hands, and ready for some adventuring!
29000 Km’s on its counter and ready to roll on the roads of Greece!
I spend the weekend riding the beast, just to see how it feels and how it behaves, I had a long time to ride a motorcycle of this style (On/Off). It felt pretty nice, comfy with a nice engine and quite stable. What I mostly enjoyed was the ability of “her” to hide that extra pounds, it’s amazing how she transforms once she hits the road!
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