around Crete in 50 days - Day 22 from Kokinos Pirgos to Agia Galini
of steps 15578
Burned calories 594
Distance 12 km
Time 02h 12'
Puls at arrival 90
Weather: sunny, sometimes warm, at the end some clouds
Woke up at 08.00 and had breakfast (toast, cheese, fresh
bread and my elliniko sketto - diplo) with Yannis.
I left Kokinos Pirgos
at 10.00 to Agia Galini. Weather is sunny (19C) and not cold. Ii have
a beautiful view of the harbor
of Kokinos Pirgos and the Lybian Sea.
I took the small road from the harbor
(500m) to the main road. It is warm (23C) now and no wind, some
clouds. I spot lots of greenhouses, mostly with tomatoes and peppers.
Joining the main road at 10.20 and turning left to
Agia Galini. Nice view of the Paximadia Islands. I start climbing now
It is 10.30 Passing a military zone and overlooking
Kokinos Pirgos. Nice bay, but left and behind it nothing else but greenhouses.
I only see plastic !
10.45 I find a dead dog (long time I think) near
the roadside. He or she has still the necklace and the chain.. horrible
10.50 Entering the municipality of Kourites and the
Prefecture of Rethymnon. On the road side I spot some big 'barlia' orchids.
11.00 Passing again the military base. A sign says: "'Warning
military dogs in action". Action? Circus? Don't see or hear anything.
In front of the zone, almost all the land is for sale...
a junction that says Rethymnon 100 km, Agia Galini another 6 to go
! On the road side I admire at least 50 orchids 'Italica'. Never saw
so many together. A real pink carpet ! Here I stop at the cafenion 'Mandres'
and order a 'zorbas' beer. Yes I know it is early (11.30) but I can
not resist it ! It has only 5% alcohol and the climb until here has 10%
! I make contact with the Hotel Hapimag in the area of Plakias for the
coming press conference.
The people from "The Haven" will try to organize it. Friendly manager
who gives us the accommodation for free. Hoping it is going
well. Bit more wind now and clouds. My foot is ok, but I feel it
is not 100% yet. Needs more time, I guess.
I leave 'Mandres' at
12.00 From here I can see Agia Galini and the rocky island of Paximadi.
A small dog is guarding some 60 goats.
He is free and runs up and down. This is the system ! Bravo
mr. shepherd !
12.30 I find another dead dog (sad), along the road.
13.00 Brian and Irene are passing me and will wait for
me in Agia
Galini. At the bridge (13.05) I admire the streaming water
and the relaxing noise. In Agia Galini I only see hotels and rent rooms.
Lots of new ones. It is like they expect a tourist 'boom' Some nice
ones, with cute balconies ! I met Brian and Irene at cafenion
Ilios, owned by Suzanne (a wonderful woman) from Germany and
her friend Manolis. We have a 'Mythos' together and some small
Later we will go to my overnight place. First we wait for some
Brian made a nice board to announce to meet me here,
in Ilios ! From Barbara Fretwell, Patricia Constantine, Suzanna as well
as from Brian and Irene I got some money to support my trip.
Thank you very much, it is a great help ! Suzanna even gave me
some dog food sticks, to give to the barrel dogs on my walk..
Well that's nice ! Thanks Suz ! They all are real animal lovers and
I will see them back after my trip, for sure.
This evening we
will have a meal together and I will sleep very peaceful on
top of a fantastic hill, view on the mountains (Psiloritis) and the
beautiful Agia Galini bay.. Kalinihta !