Cycling travel, Yasmina at the beach of Agios Nikolaos in Crete.

Crete, soon the end?


We are east of Crete, near the village of Ierapetra. Since one month, we are still in “Workaway” mode, a website that we already told you about. Some also call it “woofing” and it consists of working a few hours a day at someone’s place in exchange for accommodation and meals. An exchange of good process for travelers like us who planned to spend the winter warm and at lower cost.

Crete on a bicycle. Cycling Crete, Greece.
Our bike route

So we stayed a month working at Paul’s, our English friend with his humour “so British”, in his property which he named “Eco-Retreat”. We took care of the olive groves, the garden and the house.

We had the pleasure of having Annie and Jean-Marc, a french couple who joined us for two weeks and with whom we shared every evening tasty meals and good times.

Bike trip, woofers or French workawayers around a good meal at Paul's Eco-Reterat, village of Agii Pantes in Crete. Cycling Travel, French woofers or workawayers having a good diner at eco-retreat at Paul's house in Agii Pantes village, in Crete.
Around a good meal with Annie and Jean-Marc.
Car Accident at Eco-Retreat, Crete. Car accident at Eco-retreat, Crete.
Little accident. Paul, alone in his car, was down the road right outside the house. Fortunately, he didn’t have a scratch!

Having spent the whole month of january there, we decided to set course on the east of the island which we hadn’t have so far the opportunity to discover.

Bike trip, departure from our workaway at Paul "Eco-Retreat" in Agii pants, Crete. Cycling travel, leaving from our Workaway at Paul's "Eco-retreat" in Agii pants, Crete.
Departure day, towards a new unknown experience!

We took our bicycles and hit the road again on tuesday, January 30th to Agios Nikolaos, a pleasant and touristic city, where we were hosted two nights at Irini.

Bike trip, Yasmina and Arthur to the lake of Agios Nikolaos in Crete. Cycling Travel, Yasmina and Arthur at Agios Nikolaos Lake in Crete.
Agios Nikolaos, downtown.

With a great hospitality and kindness, Irini has made us share the daily life of her entire family! After having been in the farm of her parents where we tasted the sweet oranges of the garden and the small stuffed cheese-spinach pies of her mom, we went to a disguised party with disco and 80’s music.

On sunday morning, we had a “crêpes” (french pancakes) breakfast at her sister’s. We all got our hands on the dough, pancake batter obviously! Arthur, the recipe specialist, prepared it Breton style !  A busy weekend.

Bike trip, Couchsurfing at Irini in Agios Nikolaos, Crete. Cycling Travel, Couchsurfing at Irini's in Agios Nikolaos, Crete.
Ready to go dancing!
Evening disguised in Agios Nikolaos in Crete in February 2018. Costumed party Agios Nikolaos, Crete, February 2018.
Costume Party
Bike trip, Yasmina and Arthur around the table for aperitif at the parents of Irini in Kritsa near Agios Nikolaos in Crete. Cycling Travel, Yasmina and Arthur at Irini's Parents House eating Cretan food made by her mom, in Kritsa near Agios Nikolaos in Crete.
Irini’s parents.

After a well hearty pancakes breakfast, cape on the south of the island direction Ierapetra to spin directly into our new workaway, the farm of Manolis and his mother. On that day, the wind was so strong that we couldn’t move forward. We had taken almost 6 hours to travel 45 kilometers when it usually takes us no more than 3 hours.

Workaway at the farm of Manolis Geniatakis and his mother near Iérapetra, Crete. Workaway at Manolis Geniatakis and his mother's farm near Ierapetra, Crete.
Yas at the Farm!
Bicycle trip, Workaway near Ierapetra in the farm of Manolis, Arthur feeding the horse. Cycling Travel, Workaway at Manolis ' farm near Ierapetra, Arthur is feeding the horse.
Elvira, the mare not so docile!
Yasmina Workaway at the farm of Manolis Geniatakis and her mother near Ierapetra, Crete. Yasmina in a workaway at Manolis Geniatakis ' farm near Ierapetra, Crete.
The Mama!
Yasmina in Ierapetra in front of the car. Yasmina at Ierapetra in front of the car.
Our carriage!
Carnival of Iérapetra, February 2018, Crete. Ierapetra Carnival, February 2018, Crete.
Carnival of Ierapetra
Arthur at the Milonas waterfall, Crete. Arthur at Milonas Gorge, Crete.
Miloas Gorge
Arthur who fished and caught a fish in Iérapetra, Crete. Arthur fishing and catching a fish at Ierapetra, Crete.
Good fishing!

Here on the farm, our main mission is to feed, at dawn, the animals, and especially the dozen dogs, dogs from the pure cretan tradition that Manolis and his mother want to endure. But also 2 mares, rabbits, a hawk, a peacock, some 50 pigeons and a little rooster. We have been there for three weeks and we are planning to take the road very soon. Our new goal for this second part of our cycling adventure is…  Tehran!

Yes Iran ! The country where people are the most hospitable in the world to what it seems, so what better than trying to reach the capital for May. So feel free to follow us here, on this blog!

See you soon!!!

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