Road Works, From Askifou To Hora Sfakia !
Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:58 PM
We then continued southward to take a leisurely drive to Sfakia, around the plateau, very, very nice, and taking in all of the beuatiful views that are to be had on this journey, as always in Crete.
THEN, just around the next corner, WOW !!!, am I dreaming !!! what is that I can see just ahead ???
A big cloud of dust, hiding, what turned out to be something I had never considered would actually be going on in Crete, at such a busy holiday time. A long line of BIG lorries and road maintanance vehicles of every size and description were busy, "recreating", not just maintaining, the road ahead.
The actual road at this point, is not only quite narrow, but has natural steep and rocky sides (as you would expect), but also has (if you are bold enough and dare to look away from the road ahead) quite stunning, Cretan vista, with a drop, at some places, down to the bottom of the valley floor. ( Keep you eyes on your driving, and the road ahead) comes to mind, for me anyhow, at my age !!
What I had expected on the journey anyhow, was narrow roads, tight and steep bends etc, BUT as I enticed my wife to come with me for the day (she does NOT like heights, at ALL) she was by this time very very upset with me, almost in a state of panic. I am NOT coming this THIS WAY !!! is something I still have ringing in my ears !!
However, after what appeared to be forever, we finally got passed the roadworks, and had a very nice day in a wonderful place. I would like to go again, this year, May / June 2009.
PLEASE TELL ME THAT THESE ROADWORKS ARE NOW COMPLETE, OR IS THERE A BOAT TO TAKE TO GET TO SFAKIA !!!!!!
Looking forward to some quite quick replies.
Thanking you in anticipation
Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:15 PM
It sounds from what you have written above that your wife is more of an issue to you than the roadworks. Therefore may I suggest that this time kindly ask her to visit the shops in Rethymnon while you are having fun driving around Crete in roads with works or without . This way you can both have funB)
Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:04 PM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:00 AM
Thank you Harribobs.
That is exectly what I was looking for. I will now look into your suggestion as a Ferry ride and another visit Sfakia is just what I was hoping to get suggested.
As for leaving my wife to do some shopping, while I enjoy the the beauty of Crete on my own, NO WAY !!!
I think I would rather go to Blackpool, and I would NEVER go to Blackpool for a holiday, with or without my wife.
But thanks for replying.
If the roads are still being repaired, I would like to know, HELP ???
Posted 22 May 2009 - 05:24 PM
Yes, I would say that it is now safe to take your wife on this road. There are now three small tunnels and the worst bit of the road has now been either bypassed or widened. The route is no longer as exiting or beautiful but you may have a quieter journey! These roadworks that went on for many months are now finished, but who knows if and when they decide to improve another piece. No sign of any activity 3 weeks ago when I drove down there.
Enjoy your holiday
Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:26 PM
However, the road from Vrysses to Sfakia is now fine. There is only one short section that hasn't yet been redone, and it's unlikely they will start tearing it up in the middle of the tourist season. As John says, there are now three short tunnels that avoid the most hair-raising of the close-to-the-gorge bends, and I don't think there is anything to alarm your wife (of course I don't know her, but I do know the road, and it's now a super-highway compared to what it was just a few years ago!)
Posted 23 May 2009 - 02:14 AM
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 06:16 PM
What you have said is just what I was hoping, and yes, I may now be able to take my wife with me. Although it was not so much the narrow roads that were the problem, as this is to be expected, and the views do make up for it.
However, it was meeting a very big bus, on the way back to the Northern Coast on a very very narrow, and steep part of the road, on a bend to the right, with the bus on the way down and "taking no prisoners" etc etc. That was the real problem !!
Even for myself, having driven some 750,00 miles (ish) in my time on roads on busines, where no matter where you are, roads are much the same where there are mountains.
But, it just so happened that at this spot the sand, dust and shale were much in evidence, and when the car would not move UP, as was the required (and urgently needed) I felt that a side push by the bus, just slightly !! would put me down with the other vehicles that we had passed on the way over.
Anyhow, will try this route this time around.
Additioanlly, I had considered the other suggested route, and had come to the conclusion that using car and ferries, would entail an over night stay, somewhere. TBA, as we have not finally decided, but I would like to give it a whirl anyhow.
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:40 PM
I guess you mean at Aradhena. From what Cliff has written, I doubt his wife would be that happy with the road up to Anopoli from Hora Sfakion, let alone the Bailey Bridge!
Posted 29 June 2009 - 10:06 AM
The driver got out and apologised for his haste but explained that he too had a fear of such bridges and also had to just go for it. (Don't ask me why he didn't wait until the pedestrian had crossed, it ruins the story ;-)
I've no idea as to the truth of the story- but it does support Nick's comment about the nature of the bridge and the drop below!
As to the road down to HS, I filmed my descent, or rather my wife held a video pointing forwards, as we drove down on one occasion. I din't mind the drive but I have never succeeded in watching the video with feeling very sick!