Walk around Crete in 50 days - Day 32 from Paleochora to Kantanos
21174 (steplength is normal again)
Burned calories 832
Distance 16 km
Hours walk 03h 05'
Pulse at arrival 83
Weather: Heavy clouds, light rain and very cold Average 11C
Woke up at 07.00 after a peaceful night at the "Taits" house.
Lynn served me an excellent breakfast at 08.00 which I enjoyed together
with her and Bob. This was luxuary hotel service ! At 09.30 I could use
their internet connection to send my reports to the webmaster and check
some email. It took me until 12.30...In the meantime Suzanna, Anna and
Herve passed by.
At 14.00 I set off to Kantanos, guided by Bob. Suzanna
and Anna joined us.
Lynn would pick them up at Kantanos. Bob showed us the way via a path
at the back of his house, where I discovered a real "orchid garden" !
Hundreds of "orchis cretica"..! Nice present
for my "32nd
day" ! The path was leading us uphill to a quiet, local road
with no traffic. We should use this type of road until Kantanos.
On the way lots of orchids again, and some "Orchis Italica" too,
surrounded by "Gladiola italica", alll in one day ! Just
t 15.00 we took a short break at the edge of an old
water canal, to eat something. Threatening clouds and some raindrops,
but lasted only for a few minutes. Strong North Wind and only 11,7C.
Realy cold !
Suzanna, not feeling well, left us and would join
us, together with Lynn at Kantanos. We turned right on another
local road and Bob was leading us over small, but very nice and
interesting paths.. Perfect guide ! We crossed "lords and
a fast streaming river and reached the main road.. Not for long,
because Bob knew another "short
cut". He knows them all ! Pitty that we found also a lot
of rubbish in the small gorges and rivers that we passed... Everywhere
oranges on the ground...
Around 17.00 we arrived in Kantanos, almost
together with Lynn and Anna.. What a timing ! I found a room in
the local village Hotel (no hot water and no heating because not
open yet), which saved me from camping outside.. It was freezing
cold in Kantanos, only 8 C ! In my room it is 11C ! Never mind,
I am well equiped and will manage to survive ! At least I had a
good meal at Soula's taverna "O Platanos".. She
made me "fassolia", served with fresh bread, "white
olives.. A good glass of local (old) wine, next to the open fire,
made my evening !
Soula kept me some company and told me about her late husband,
children and grandchildren. After dinner I got a raki to warm up
a bit... I showed my respect for this very courageous woman, did
some shopping in the local mini market and went to bed at about
Tomorrow Elos.. Another 20 km...