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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-31-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Last ride for 2011.

Here are a few photos of todays' ride.
Another frigid one at 4-8℃ with 30km/h winds.
Cold as the mother-in-law's gaze.


























































Here is the map for geography buffs.
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/872107


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Looks awesome... thanks for the pics. My last ride was 6 weeks ago...
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You should try following the Dakar.
I get pumped up and then I need to ride.

Race begins tomorrow.
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Beautiful countryside. What can you tell us about the abandoned stone building? It's rather interesting looking.

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Beautiful countryside. What can you tell us about the abandoned stone building? It's rather interesting looking.
Buildings like these are typical in this region.
Made entirely from stone because it was the only material available, not because of artistic tendencies. Very little mortar or concrete were used and structures still stand. This one is fairly large so it may have been a school or a village community hall.
All our villages look like this now. Stone skeletons overgrown by vegetation with roofs long gone. There was a massive urbanization from the 1970's and continuing today so the villages are abandoned and houses hopelessly for sale like this one.

Masonry on that one isn't that immersive, especially compared to this one:



Or this:


This would be a poor example:
It's not a house but probably a cattle barn.





Here is one with the typical stone barrier/wall dubbed 'dry barrier' because it's constructed only by carful placement of the stones. It doesn't last forever, (if 100 years isn't much) but those used to be everywhere and used like fences.





Beside the deserted villages another sad part is that masonry kraft and masons also disappeared and no one can build with this level of skill anymore.



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