around Crete in 50 days - Day 11 from Ziros to Makrigialos
Number of steps 31155
Burned calories 1108
Distance 23,6 km
Walking hours 4h 07'
Pulse at arrival 92
Weather: Very cold at the beginning, warmer in the middle
of the walk, cold at the end with heavy North West winds
Wake up at 07.00 in a cold (10C) room. No electricity
= NO HOT WATER. Quick wash and get dressed for breakfast in 'Paradosiaki' taverna.
Bread, honey and hot coffee. Very fresh bread, I must say. We paid and
'O Makrigialos eine aristera..' (Makrigialos is to
the left) said the lady, serving us the breakfast. Endaxi, pame. Only
Andy is joining me today. Alan goes with the support car because of a
knee problem..He will join me later on my walk again. Andy and me started
at 08.45. Weather is ok but still cold ! Sunny and 7C, because of the
At 09.30 we arrive at
Handras, old village in a superb valley...Bit warmer now (9C)..
we spotted a small barn.. Lots of smoke was coming out and we thought
it was on fire... As we came nearer, a man was standing outside...
I guess he had not seen water for years..He lived there, in the smoke,
with just a fire of wood.. No windows...only a hole in the wall...!
He had nothing and waited for food, people gave him... What a shame !
Is there really nobody to help this poor man... Could not get more info
and had to walk on.. .Out of respect I did not take any pictures.
10.15 we passed the old Venetian village of Etia. Owned by the DE MEZZO
family in 1701, but existing already in the Byzantine period. Etia
was severely damaged under the Turkish rule. The Venetian Serago Estate
was serving as the house of Turkish officials and as a fortress against
the revolutions. It looks like it had been restored. We left Etia at
10.35 and turned onto a dirt road direction village of Lithines. Splendid
nature and away from the main road (no cars) .
11.05 we joined the
main road again, leaving the village of Vori behind us.
11.25 the village
of Lithines. Quiet and resting in an oasis of green in the middle
of a superb valley ! In the cafenion of Haris Hristodoulakis we drink
coffee. Andy 'nescafe' and me, my daily 'elleniko sketto'. It was
getting warmer and even 25C in the sun. A paradise to rest a bit and
to enjoy this fantastic nature.
We leave the cafenion at 12.00 and arrive
15' later at the Pervolakia Gorge. We stayed on top of
the gorge, leaving the main road again for 'Agios Georgos' From there
we'll go to Analipsi.. Lovely nature with hundreds of all kinds of orchids
(Pappilonacae, Barlia etc...) What a nice present ! Never saw so many
orchids together...! Nearly at the end of the gorge, but sadly,
a lot of rubbish... Shame !
At 14.00 we walked into Analipsi, another
30' to Makrigialos. Behind us a huge storm, thunder and lightning...We
escaped pretty well !
Arriving at Makrigialos I met Abbe, Steve and
Christina. We had a nice chat and I drove home with Steve and Christina
to stay overnight at their place in Ferma. They will bring me back
to Makrigialos tomorrow.. Lovely people...
Christina, Andy and Alan
drove home with the support car. Abbe made appointment for tomorrow
with me. At Steve and Christina's I had a nice warm bath, a superb dinner
and good wine... Ella from Mirtos joined us and will meet me in Ierapetra
again. Just wonderful persons, all of them ! After a very hard
walk, I got this good feeling, people taking care for the good cause,
and me......I'll have a fine night !