Kev's Odyssey - NOW WITH PHOTOS Aug 28, 2019 22:32:30 GMT via mobile Tre, dennisn, and 5 more like this
Post by kevb on Aug 28, 2019 22:32:30 GMT
I was going to fill this in on the ferry tomorrow but can stay awake just enough. So having got provisions and slogged it back uphill (taking in a lovely view of Peristera island, this might be a good point to Google maps Alonnisos) I got halfway round and reached Isomata. Well I thought I might be a bit ahead of schedule so was it worth breaking off route 10 and tagging onto route 9? Go on, I egged myself on. Slogging through what was now the hottest part of the day I went south on the designated marked path down almost to leptos Gialos bay but decided it was too far to the bay itself and struck off north to hopefully reach the main road again. I eventually got to the 3 road intersection where main road branches to tzortzi bay, Chrisi milia bay and the main road back to Patitiri. I'd been walking on and off ( mostly on) since 10:45 and it was now 15:30. Id long missed the 14:30 bus and because the route is driven by the Greek obsession with a day at the beach the next one wasn't until 18:45. This is when the scale of Alonnisos compared with Skiathos hits you. I'd probably done 10 km by now and to walk the path to Chrisi bay would be another 2.5km each way. Considering the traffic going through that junction no one stops to offer a lift any more, all rather sad. My feet said they'd had enough so spent remaining hours part way to Chrisi Milia bay pottering about, birdwatching and even had a snooze under an olive tree in a field. In your face Gerry Durrel. Young couple joined me at bus stop but didn't say anything to me, maybe Italian. Now here's the thing. The bus operates on to tickets only. You can buy return tickets in Patitiri and there are official outlets at the various places en route if you only buy a single but THE DRIVER TAKES NO MONEY. So this couple must have walked the 2.5km to the bus stop but not bought s ticket. Last official bus of the day. Would he let them on? Nope. Might still be there for all I know. Got back just before 7, paid nice but hopelessly disorganised woman renting room, finally got my passport back ( why places like this keep them anymore I have no idea, if they are making knock-offs they won't be in much luck after Brexit anyway) and packed most of my stuff. The steps from my digs down to harbour come out on main road next to a gyros place so that was it. I was dehydrated so water 2 large beers and food it was. Asked for a small bottle of water but they never charged me for it. Kolokithokeftethes, pork souvlaki wrap with all the trimmings and 2 large beers less than 14 euro. Rounded it to 15 and they were happy. Went for an ouzo at the blues bar ( not banging but Dennis would still walk away) and halfway through the whole town had a blackout. Ouzo by candlelight it was. Eventually on to my favourite, the Drunk Seal, for a couple of mojitos (still 8 euro a pop) and back to apt. Short hop over to Skopelos tomorrow, it will be a chilling out day after my 5+hours walking today. I wonder if the Dolphin allows itinerant visitors? my hotel has no pool and I've only swum in the sea so far. Must check it out.
Start of hiking expedition. Bus to Steni Vala
Steni Vala harbour
Start of the hiking trail at SV harbour
Part way round the initial hiking route 10 southbound, I'm guessing this is probably Agios Petros beach.
Typical of the type of walking trail in this part of the island
View of Peristera island from walking route
View down on to Leftos Gialos (I think) beach. I'd merged from route 10 to route 9 by now adding a lot of extra mileage.