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Spirit Of Adventure: The Oracle Of Delphi

Ancient Greece featured Aristotle and Socrates.

It enthroned its mightiest warrior in Achilles who overthrew Troy with a Trojan horse.  The Parthenon boasts the grandest architecture of the Greeks from 776 B.C..  But nothing beats the mystical Oracle of Delphi. Hidden above the Mediterranean Sea on a glorious mountain top, it features an Olympic stadium with stands for 10,000 spectators.

It includes the Temple of Apollo, the god who defeated Python.  That battle created the Olympic games.  Greek and Roman rulers visited the Oracle to discover their futures. But for two bicyclists, it provided a moment on stage where ancient thespians acted out the Iliad and Odyssey.  The cyclist in the bright jersey spoke to ancient ghosts of audiences long past.

Aristotle said, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives—choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

This picture is Frosty Wooldridge standing in the middle of the Oracle of Delphi giving a speech to the “ghosts” of the people who once sat in those stands from 776 B.C.  His friend Gary and he pedaled along the Mediterranean Sea in order to reach the Oracle.  They climbed up into the ancient Greek mountains.  They stood in wonder at the many statues, pillars, sports fields and the Temple of Apollo.  To stand in that spot where kings once stood brought an amazing feeling of energy from the past.  Travel!  It gets in your bones.

Read more posts by Frosty Wooldridge, adventurer.