Friday, September 26, 2008

Ride around Kerkes

The best paved road in Samos takes you to Drakei. Rising up from the beach at Limionas the road winds steadily up the side of Mt. Kerkes. At pretty St Nicolas church the ride turns drastically to offer up breathtaking views of Fourni Islands and Ikaria and some of the most isolated and rewarding traffic free pavement on the island. Passing through Kalithea the road rolls through beautiful thick pine forests that bend over the road and fill your lungs with deliciously clean air. My only lament is that this road should go on forever, but of course it doesn't- it ends abruptly in Drakei. The good news is that the ride back is twice as lovely especially when accompanied by an overnight in the pine forest - you might even hear some jackals.

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