Now we had passed the village Gergeri, altitude of 488 meters.
We come closer and closer to the clouds, we hopped that they should disappeared before we arrived.
We are close to the Rouvas forest, described as a beautiful place.
You don't want to come to close to the edge of the road, very step outside.
Gunilla is driving the Jeep safely upwards the mountain. I hold the camera up through the sunroof and take as many photos as I can.
Oh ... this does not look good!
Turn around point:
Now we only see about 20 meters in front of us. It does not feels safe to drive all the way to Skinaka observatory anymore, more then 20 kilometers left. There's no meaning to drive further with these clouds because you will not see anything of the observatories.
The distance from Moirai up to here is about 22 km. I guess the altitude is about 700 meters.
Here you can read about what we are missing, links to read more about the Skinaka observatory:
Among others they have a 1.3 meter Ritchey-Chretien telescope.
Google map's bird eye view of the Skinaka:
Google map shows the road up to Skinaka:
We came from South, but it has been pissible to take the roads from North also. At lest what we could read.
Ok, let us go downwards, we will not take the same road down more than the first part. We now heading for Heraklion and then home to the hotel. As you maybe already know, when driving a car down a step road for long time you can't only use the brakes, let the engine brake for you with a low gear, you use the same gear as you do when driving upwards, second gear maybe. If you only use the brakes they will overheat and a dangerous situation will occur.
From here down to Agia Varvara and road 97 about 13 km, see the Google map below:
The clouds get lower now, we felt happy about that we decided to interrupt the tour to the Skinaka observatory.
Just above the village Gergeri and the water reservoir.
What are a football field doing up here at this altitude?
The village Gergeri which we have to pass through.
Lot of narrow passages.
Panasos, another small village to pass through.
A new highway with a bridge and a tunnel is under construction.
They seem to build a tunnel below the village.
Down at the valley and road 97. Was it worth the time to go to the mountain as long we came, we already know before that we maybe couldn't go all the way. Definitely, it was very exiting to drive along those small roads with the view.
You have the full Crete travel report here: