ELASSONA BIKE TOURING WITH THE BIKE GURU (partII) AND CAMPING MT. OLYMPUS

Vincent has left for Larissa and I’m in the Hotel working on this Blog (wanna keep the peeps updated).

20131117-092930.jpgTHIS IS THE VIEW FROM MY HOTEL BALCONY.
I love working on the blog, but enough is enough and I call Yannis, “let’s go for a ride.” The best part of JEFFS BIKE TOUR is unloading your bike and to go exploring, by bike . That’s the problem with bus/train travel, once you arrive your walking and you can’t go as far as you can with a bicycle. Some cities do have bike rentals, but not all.

20131117-093519.jpgYANNIS KNOWS THE BACKROADS
For the past week I kept seeing these flowering plants in farmers field, but didn’t recognize them.

20131117-093742.jpgIT’S TOBACCO, THIS REGION IS #1 IN TOBACCO PRODUCTION IN GREECE.
Yannis was saying that their are trying to get the tobacco farmers to grow something else.

20131117-094057.jpgI LOVE ALL THE STONEWORK

20131117-094201.jpgTHE TREE TO THE LEFT OF US IS SUPPOSE TO BE HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD. (there’s more pictures in the PHOTO GALLERY)

20131117-094438.jpgWE DO SOME CLIMBING AND YOU CAN SEE THE VINEYARD BELOW TURNING YELLOW WITH WINTER COMING.

20131117-094717.jpgCLIMBING WITHOUT ALL THE GEAR IS SUPER FUN

20131117-094928.jpgWERE ON A ROUTE THAT WAS USED BY A BIKE TOUR THIS SUMMER, HENCE THE DR. BIKE SIGN.
Yannis took me on 2 awesome tours around Elassona over the past 2 days. I feel lucky to have met him, thanks to Vincent for hooking us up with Yannis. I said “Yannis is the Bike Guru of Elassona” there’s more. After talking with the mayor of Elassona,

20131117-095444.jpgYANNIS GOT PERMISSION TO PUT 6 “BIKE PLANTS” AROUND THE CITY.
He painted them, planted them at there locations and put the plants on them. I find them an interesting concept, promoting positive bicycle awareness.
So I´ve spent 4 days in Elassona, it’s time to go. Am I traveling alone? (a frequently asked question)NO.

20131117-100055.jpgYANNIS AND HIS FRIEND ESCORT ME TO THE PASS (I walked the uphill, while they road)

20131117-100453.jpgA LITTLE SHEEP ACTION! (look closely).

20131117-100619.jpg IT’S DEFINITELY UPHILL.

20131117-102950.jpgONE THING ABOUT CLIMBING, THE VIEWS ARE FANTASTIC! (one of many roadside memorials)
We finally reach the top, but not before I’m attacked by a sheep herders dogs. Yannis rides back to see what all the commotion is about, everything is OK.

20131117-103322.jpgWERE AT THE TOP (finally) AND IT’S TIME TO SAY OUR GOODBYES. THANKS SO MUCH YANNIS FOR SHARING A LITTLE PART OF HEAVEN CALLED ELASSONA,
Yannis is planning a long tour and was asking me A LOT of questions. I’m glad to exchange information that encourages people to hit the road on their bike!
My plan is to ride down part of the mountain and find a river and do some camping. Meanwhile the fall colors are amazing!

20131117-104051.jpg(this photo is for you MJ)

20131117-104206.jpgYOU CAN SEE THE HIGHER UP EVERGREEN TREES IN THE BACKGROUND

20131117-104328.jpgI FIND MY LITTLE RIVER AND HENCE CAMPSITE TOO.

20131117-104443.jpgTHE FALL LEAVES DO A GREAT JOB OF COVERING GREECE’S LACK OF RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (tossing garbage wherever).

20131117-104745.jpgI LOVE LISTENING TO THE RAVONETTES ON MY I-PAD,

20131117-105050.jpg

20131117-105133.jpg

20131117-105234.jpgFALL COLORS IN A FRUIT ORCHARD

20131117-110230.jpgOLD GREEK WOMEN

20131117-110345.jpgGREECE IS STILL USING OLD FARMING TECHNIQUES OF HEAVY TILLING. BBC REPORTS THAT LOW TO NO TILLING IS THE FUTURE OF FARMING TO HELP PRESERVE THE PLANET.

20131117-110707.jpgI LITE THESE TO CANDLES FOR NATASA AND I, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS!

20131117-110846.jpgBACK IN OREGON, WE HAVE A GAS STATION WITH AN AIRPLANE, YEP AND THEY HAVE A HOTEL WITH A PLANE ON IT.
I’m making great time, I stop for a coffee and chocolate cake. I’m not sure what happened but I missed my turn and ended up 20 km out of my way and worst of all? On a freeway. shit. I finally find the frontage road, it’s nearly dark, I find a spot to camp. Done.

TO CONTACT YANNIS HE CAN BE REACHED AT WWW.RESTOREBICYCLES.COM
OR CALL HIM AT 00306973981979

I’m nearing the end of my bicycle tour if you have any questions or comments please post them to this website so others can see them. I will be in Slovenia over Christmas (with Natasa) and then traveling through SE Asia for 3 months (some with Natasa). I’m not sure I will be blogging on this site? Biking is more fun to talk about.
Thanks for reading and posting your comments.
RIDE ON
JEFF
NEXT? DEAD ANIMALS AND GREECE’S FINAL WEEK
PHOTO GALLERY IS HERE

20131117-113550.jpgYANNIS RODE WITH ME TO THE TOP, THEN I ENJOYED A MONSTROUS DOWNHILL THAT I SPLIT INTO 2 DAYS.

2 thoughts on “ELASSONA BIKE TOURING WITH THE BIKE GURU (partII) AND CAMPING MT. OLYMPUS

  1. Kathryn Reder

    It’s been fun “riding” with you (from the comfort of my easy chair) and hope you continue your blog when you get to Asia. 22 more working days until retirement.

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  2. Phil

    This is great to read. But having sent our bikes back to Germany four weeks ago, it also makes me miss them now. It is true that you experience a lot more surprising cool stuff than with a train/plane/car/whatsoever.
    Having said that, I wish you all the best for Slovenia and Southeast Asia. We’ll be in Thailand and probably some other places too, wanna meet up? Oh btw are you on facebook?
    Cheers, Philipp

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