October 19, 2006 GMT
GREECE: October 06

We are now in Crete Island, Greece and have found a great dry, safe, secure garage to park our bike for FREE!! We were riding around Iraklio (the capital of Crete) looking for a hotel with a garage like we had in Seville, Spain last time we left the bike for a year. No hotels here have garages, we did a big internet plea for help, then decided to go for a ride. At a stop light we met a guy on a Varadero (big bike like ours!) and we got talking at the next few stop lights, as you do, and he asked if we would like to go to see a Museum. Sure, we had no plans, anyway to cut a long story short, he offered us the use of his garage underneath his business. His name is Spiros Amitzoglou, he is 30 years old and we have learnt to trust him to look after our baby for 16 months!

The weather has finally caught up with us and its time to put the bike away and continue on foot!! Crete is the most Southern part of Europe, so it will be good when we come back in March 2008 and head towards the Middle East.

We have now done 100,000km travelling by motorbike over 3 trips!!! First one South America, then Western Europe and now Eastern Europe and it just keeps getting better!! We have a great system going, we both know our jobbies and it works. We are travelling slower each trip, which is the secret to great, magic moments and unique experiences. We have had a very social trip this time, which has made it extra special. We still get excited by a new town, ruins, hotel rooms etc but it is time to head for home again.

Our special friends that we have made and met this trip include Kate Peck from Sydney, John Cameron from Cairns, Brian and Sandra Smith from Calgary Canada, Jo and rEkiny from Poland, Oliver and Csilla from Romania, Mike Carter from England, Grant Davis and Susan Markwell from Cairns, Liz Bashford from Cairns now living in Scotland, Alanna and John Skillington from Brisbane. We travelled with all these people this trip for different periods of time and IT WAS MAGIC!! So get off your buts the rest of you and start planning to meet us somewhere in the Middle East in 2008!

Turkey is one of our favourite countries and we travelled slowly (abot 60km per day) down the West Coast of Turkey from Gallipoli to Kas for the months of September. It really was magic, great weather, great people, wonderful food and CHEAP- we highly reccommend Turkey for anyone starting travelling, its perfect!

One morning in mid September we came downstairs of our Pension for breakfast and were looking sleepy eyed at the couple at the table next to us. They were looking at us too and it took us all a millisecond to realize it was Grant Davis and Susan Markwell friends who live 300 metres from us in Cairns!! They told us that Liz Bashford was on her way too!! Amazing, so we travelled with them for about a week and then went on a 3 night, 2 day sail over the sunken city near Kas with them. Check out Lizs photos on her site http://web.mac.com/lizbashford under Sailing Turkish Med. We had a blast, got kicked out of many restaurants, for laughing too loud and thoroughly enjoyed their company. At the same pension we met Alanna and John Skillington, other Horizons Unlimited members see there blog: www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/skillington from Brisbane on their bike. So here we were in Turkey with 2 Australian motorbikes with QLD number plates! Alanna and John continued on to Iran and we went to Rhodes Island, Greece.

Rhodes Island is the "worlds finest surviving example of medieval fortification"- the most amazing and huge walled city we have ever seen and we have seen a few now! We really enjoyed our stay there and walked all over it, amazing photos coming soon!

Then over to Crete where we are now. This weekend we will catch a ferry to Athens, catch up with some HU members there and then maybe hire a car in Greece to check out the mainland, then Paris 7 Nov for an EXPENSIVE week as Paris is the second most expensive city in the world, but we HAVE to see it!!

Thats about us for now, hope you are all doing well if not behaving yourselves!!

Posted by Patrick Peck at October 19, 2006 02:14 PM GMT
 



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