Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
The car is still running, as can be witnessed by the exhaust. The driver finally came back after the police were called, and was found crouched behind the rear of the car, attempting to cut the twine around the load! Luckily, the police stopped him and had the load removed . The materials were loaded at Home Depot. Their store manager said they made the customer sign a waiver. While the plywood and 2X4's are fairly obvious, what you can't see is the back seat, which contains, are you ready for this? 10 bags of concrete @ 80 lbs. each. They estimated the load weight at 3000 lbs. Both back tires exploded, the wheels bent and the rear shocks were driven through the floorboard.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The new Crete National Highway follows the north coast of the eastern end of the island and it is this we will be following today. The flower-lined road is cut into the flanks of the precipitous mountains.Clinging to the sheer cliffs, sure-footed goats graze nonchalantly.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
A humid, grey, overcast day with all the joy of a damp dog’s blanket. It threatened to rain all morning and then finally managed it in intemperate bursts. All in all, a typical June day. Very difficult to find any colour in the countryside while out walking this morning and with my shirt sticking to my back photography seemed a lost cause, nevertheless I did get to kick the cat when I got home and I feel better now. ........Come to think about it I haven't heard a cuckoo in ages.
But make no mistake about it!
I’ll be back!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Unfortunately, as the most common four wheeled vehicle is the Toyota Landcruiser or something of that ilk, equipped with old fashioned rear leaf suspensions (making them ideal for gun platforms in Somalia and Afghanistan) a braking vehicle coming up behind you at the lights is most likely be coming broadside on. As a consequence, you are more than likely to be the violent recipient of a ton of goat feed.Perhaps the best way to observe Cretan motoring habits is at a minor cross – roads in a town. The reason for this is that speeds under these circumstances are like to be less than 120 km/hr. It goes without saying that such intersections are generally unmarked, which of course is how the Cretans like them best. A small café with shade is the best place to make your observations. If you are close to the road do make sure that it has a high enough kerb. In town the most common form of transport is two wheeled, and the ambient noise tends to be redolent of wasp’s nest which has just been used as a football. You will note that helmets in the EEC are mandatory for adults but not children.