Saturday morning I climbed one of Othonoi’s many mountains. The small island is packed with them. The steep valleys run with streams and a number of the few level places on the mountainsides are occupied by old stone huts.
The peak of the mountain I was climbing was covered with sharp stones. I cut my feet. One day, I’ll be tough - my feet will cut rock.
My boat was on the beach. In the night the wind blew. In the morning I found my boat full of sand and on a pile of sharp stones.
I found a hole and covered it with epoxy. I also added epoxy to the screw that held in the bow tip handle. The loose screw might have accounted for the water accumulating in my front compartment.
Tuesday morning I launched. The warm morning sun created a mist and I could not see the island of Corfu. I angled my boat so my compass read ~98 degrees and paddled. I passed a small village island on my right and left as well as a few smaller desert islands. Corfu gradually appeared in the mist and as I could see more and more of it I angled my boat to towards the north east corner.
Corfu’s heavily forested mountains aren’t quite as sharp as Othonoi’s, but are still a good deal more impressive than the east coast of Italy.
The sea was flat and I enjoyed an intermittent tail wind.
Albania appeared in the mist. Its brown snowcapped mountains dwarfed the island peaks. A few trees sparsely decorated the desolate wilderness.
I was wearing my t shirt instead of my jacket, and I was still hot. I rolled to cool off and felt wonderful. I passed a small bay with a sandy beach. A woman swam in the clear water. The rocks down by the water were black and dark gray. Above the surf line they were white.
I arrived in Kassiopi. It’s a small Greek town with a little harbor surrounded by shops and cafes. A large Albanian city sits across the strait.
I made friends with the fellow running the supermarket.
“Can I get you anything?” He asked. “You want a beer?”
“Maybe a shower?” I tried.
“I’ll see what I can do,” he told me.
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Nautical miles paddle: 25
Current location: 39.790066,19.922794