Walk around Crete in 50 days:
Day 50 from Gournes
to Hersonissos, Stalis and Malia
Number of steps : 35138
Burned calories : 1316
Distance : 26,7 km
Walking time : 04h 53'
Pulse at arrival : 95
Weather : Sunny all day (average 26C)
Woke up at 07.30. Quiet at Zorbas Beach .. Weather is
sunny, only little wind and already 20C. Eric knocked on my door to say
that breakfast was ready.. What a service ! He and Nienke were waiting
for me at the pool bar. Special espresso coffee, toast with cheese, orange
juice, yoghurt with strawberry taste.. this was a breakfast ! I really
enjoyed it very much. Now I am ready for the last 25 km to Malia!
my friend, who will walk with me again today, came at 09.00 and we
left, after he had his coffee too, around 09.15. Eric and Nienke would
join us at the arrival in Malia. As we were passing the old American
Military Base, around 09.40. Simon told me that the biggest Sea Aquarium
in Europe has been built here.. Will have a look next week.. I saw
already a very big one in Boulogne sur Mer, in France.
in Gouves and joining the parallel road to the main road (too much "horror" road).
Alan walks with us from here to Malia. Gouves is a tourist center,
but lives in winter too. Many people are making a living out of olives,
taverna's (for the locals) super markets and shops.. The big village
counts also some very famous hotels, bars and clubs and has nice beaches.
10.35 Passing the Aposelemis Gorge, a beautiful peace
of nature, which I walked many times with my friend Jorgos (from Zorbas
taverna and "Red
Analipsi), following the riverbed towards Potamies. Gorgeous!
So, passing "his" village
at 10.50 we pay a visit to Jorgos.. Talking about Cretan hospitality,
he knows everything about it ! Immediately raki and lots of "mezedes". "You
still have some km's to go, my friend, so eat and drink to get
energy !" he said.. Like this I know him, o filos mou, eating,
drinking, enjoying life and nature! A great man ! Ta leme, George
! See you next week. "Ta
leme, megale !"
As we walk on and passing "Manolis" old taverna
in the center of Analipsi, we decide to drink coffee. All three "elleniko
made by "mastoras" Manolis. He brings us raki too ! Lucky we don't
have to walk "straight" to Malia.. This walk is one hell of a "fiesta",
animated by the so many friends I have in the area.. Bye Manolis,
see you soon, you and all your "young" boys ! And thanks again
for the magnificent "winter
Arrival at Anissaras (the place where I live and trained
so hard for this walk) at 12.35 and walking along the very quiet
beach road. Passing "Yannis and Marina's" taverna (not open yet),
I have a chat with my friend Andy (joined me on some walks) and
Kostas, from the Coral Diving Center where I make many dives, every
Slowly we walk into Hersonissos, around 13.10 I call
14.15 Arrival at Stalida, a small area, just before
Malia , where one finds the "better" tourism.
Many people from the mountain village Mochos, have their business
here and return in the winter to Mochos. We meet volunteers, Gayner,
Michael (her husband), supporters and friends, at the cross road,
around 14.40. They all brought their dogs and are going to walk
the last kms with me ! Gayner follows with the Animal Welfare
Clinic! Fantastic publicity for the local Animal Welfare Group "The
A cameraman, from an Austrian film producing company, was making
video and will make a documentary from the walk, later on. One
big triumph towards "The
was welcomed by the mayor of Malia and had a very good conversation
with him, about the future of the strays and the cooperation with
The Cretan Animal Welfare Group "The Haven". I believe he will
plan a project, maybe parallel with other surrounding villages
and their mayors. I was given, as a remembrance to Malia, a fantastic
photo book, representing pictures from almost one century. Thanks,
Mr Mayor, for your kind hospitality. I hope
everything will be done soon...
16.30 Arrival at "The Haven" and welcomed
by a lot of people.. I got emotional, happy at the same time, thinking
at the moment I started here, at this very place, 50 days ago.
Can hardly believe it, but YES ! I did it ! Champagne was served
with all kinds of snacks..
Looking forward to the Gala evening
now, at Zorbas Beach on April 23 rd .so we can make the balance of all
donations and finally hand over the so much deserved money to Gayner
Thank you all, visitors of the site, friends, family,
supporters, sponsors and those who I maybe forget, for the best 50 days
of my life so far! I am getting ready to write my book now, but first
I need some rest.