Walk around Crete in 50 days:
Day 2 from Agios Nikolaos to Kalo Horio
Weather 18 C and cloudy
Distance 17,4 km
Burned calories 889.5
Walking time 2h 45'
Number of steps 14.784
I wake up at 07.00 with a fantastic view on the bay of Elounda and
the sunken city of Olous..no wind, bit cloudy. Ann and her husband
Vangelis had prepared a superb breakfast and we were joined by Phaedra,
a dutch member of the animal welfare group of Elounda. They gave
me a t-shirt "We love Henry" (Henry is Ann's dog). After
breakfast Ann and Phaedra drove me from "Elounda Heights" to
the main road in Agios from where I started my walk at about 09.30.
Soon I arrived at Almiros Beach, a beautiful and quiet place with
cristal clear water...Passing Almiros I discovered a feeding station
for animals (managed by the animal welfare of Elounda). There was
water but no food. I did not see any stray here. Maybe only in
summer when tourists are here. Very good initiative anyway ! It
was still couldy but getting warmer (18 C)..
I reached Ammoudara
at about 10.30. A lovely village with a fantastic bay. From here
started a very long and difficult climb. I had to walk on the highway
for a while but from the beginning of Ammoudara village to the
end (1.5 km) there was a perfect path, very well maintained...After
that I joined again the highway..VERY DANGEROUS. People drive like
crazy at maximum speed and most of the time while on the phone
or drinking a "frappe"
(cold coffee)...Irresponsible !!! Lots of orange and lemon trees
gave me a good feeling anyway.....
About 12.10 I spotted the first
houses of Kalo Horio, peaceful against the hillside. At that moment
I met Stavros and his dog Enrico (7 years old). Stavros lives in
Kalo Horio and sells oranges, lemons, onions and papoules (fresh
salad) along the road side. He is there from 08.00 till 17.00.
When I met him he had sold only for 6 Euro's !
"Den eine kala,
told me..Times are bad, today it is nothing again....He has to
survive, with only a small pension of 360 Euros a month... Stavros
is a very kind man, taking care for his dog as it was his child..
I just love the man ! This is also typically greek ! Hope more
people follow Stavros' (64 years old) example.
At 12.30 I reached
Kalo Horio (main road) after a 15 km of walk.. Another 2 km to
the village where Joan, a Scottish lady, living here for 16 years
was waiting for me.. She drove me to the internet cafe where I was
picked up by Jean Paul, Marie Paule's husband. They offered me an
overnight place at their residence in Vathi, a small village at 2
km from Kalo Horio.
Indeed I passed Vathi on my walk to Kalo Horio....I got a nice
appartment with all the facilities.
Around 16.00 we were joined
by Gayner, a volunteer, Ella from Mirtos (working for animal welfare
over there and backed up by "wereldasielen" from the
Netherlands) and Ann (English lady) who came from England
especially to take Beauty (the dog on my press release) to her
home oversea ! What a fantastic moment, knowing that Beauty was
found, starving on the road at Kalo Horio by Joan.
Ann and Beauty
(which recovered at The Haven) enjoyed the walk in Kalo Horio
and Beauty was very proud...!
Around 18.00 we left the village and
I joined Jean Paul and Marie Paule for dinner..What great
people they are, taking care of 6 dogs and 2 ara's ! One year ago
they alse took care of a donkey, but it died of age, unfortunately.
I went to bed at 09.30...to take a good rest...