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01 January 2015

Happy New Year! Guets neus! Καλή Χρονιά! ... and 10 Years of ch-athens!

It's been some times

So today is the first day of the year 2015. I wish all of my readers (probably you could count them on one hand) a happy new year, with good health and lots of happyness. A friend asked me lately if I'd considered 2014 a good year ("on a scale of 1 to 10..."). Personally there were some tough times in 2014, but in the end it ended quite well. I wish all of you that you may have a year 2015 that you can grade high on that "1 to 10" scale at the end!

At the same time it's the 10th birthday of this weblog. For many of these years, I used to do New Year's posts with statistics about visits and all that. This year I don't have any statistics. The reason is that in February the hardware of the server failed. For some time I didn't get my data back (at first it appeared that the failure was total, in the end I was able to recover everything). I still have the access logs, but "didn't get around" to setting up any webstats on it. I guess it just wasn't that important - like when you move house and there are still a few unpacked boxes a few months later, you probably didn't need that stuff.

For many months of 2014 I just managed to write one post per month. Again, probably it wasn't so important to me. As for the posts there were, in a large part this weblog has turned to a cycling theme. Which is no surprise, it just reflects the newfound interest in cycling in my life. I posted a few "ride reports" about larger rides (including my first "brevet" ride in January). I could have posted more ride reports, but sometimes I felt it would overwhelm the other content. Not sure if that notion holds true, but in fact there wasn't much other content anyway.

So in those 10 years I wrote 1337 posts. For a geek, that is a really funny number. How much the blog writing has slowed down, you can see in the fact that after 5 years I had already 1000 posts, so only 337 in the second five years. At least I can claim that the posting frequency has picked up lately, December was the "busiest" month of the year 2014.


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02 January 2015

Cold Weather Bike Wear Review

It's not that cold in Greece anyway

There is not much cold weather in Greece (unless you go to the mountains and the north of Greece), so I guess most roadies just stay home for a few days when things get unpleasantly wet and cold. Myself, I like to be outside in "fresh" weather. I think unless you really reach levels that threaten your body temperature falling, and as long as you have halfway decent clothing, it's nice to "brave the elements".

On December 31st and on New Year's day we had some cold weather, with temperatures around 4 degrees Celsius (yepp, not that cold if you're from the north of Europe), lots of wind, and that stingy, cold rain. I was out riding on both days. Here are some notes on the gear I was using...


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09 January 2015

Missed the Snow on Naxos

Not what most people go to a Greek Island for

Three days ago it snowed on Naxos. I would have liked to be there to see it and take some pictures, but unfortunately my planning was messed up and I'm still in Athens. I've had people ask in disbelieve "Snow? On Naxos?" Yes, indeed. It happens from time to time. I've heard something about "every 10 years", but maybe it's a bit more often. Definitely not something to expect every winter.


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