Driving through the Pelopponese
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I have to tie a location to these pictures/journal entry. "Tripolis" encompases the drive we took through the Peloponnese.
Upon leaving Nafplion, we headed north and west in hopes of reaching Tripoli and taking a main road from there to Olympia. Little did we know that the route we took to get there would not only take us through the mountains, but up and down them! It was here that I got a lot of first-hand exprience upshifting and downshifting as we went along the winding roads. Guard rails were in many places, but not everywhere. I know my wife got nervous at times, but I assure you that I was driving very slowly!
The biggest bummer about this drive is that there are always large, slow moving trucks that you're bound to get stuck behind at some point, usually when it's the most inopportune time.
I should take this opportunity to tell you a bit more about driving in Greece. On what appears to be a 2 lane road (one lane for either direction), there are actually 4 lanes - the shoulder becomes a lane for slower moving card, which allows those of us who drive a little faster to pass by. If a slow car chooses not to get over, drivers will turn on their left turn signal and drive into the lane of oncoming traffic. This tells the drivers in that other lane to move aside, because someone's going to pass! The system works.
Anyway, our drive through the mountains was so wonderful.
Once we hit Tripoli, we were able to catch the main road (which was called a highway but was just a 2 lane road) that took us southwest, and then northwest to get to our destination. Unfortunately, there was no quick direct road there - too many mountains. We some point along the way, we just pulled off the road and ate the lunch we had purchased. I can't tell you how much fun I was having, just the two of us on an adventure in Greece, without a care in the world and just taking it all in. We were free to go where we wanted and do what we wanted. It was so awesome!!
As we got close to Olympia, we started seeing the occasional sign for the town, but they were never where you needed them to be. There were a few times where the road split and we had no way of knowing which one went to Olympia. After some trial and error, we made it there.