I woke up this morning with a headache. Maybe I didn’t drink enough last night. I tried to make up for it.
I paddled the glassy smooth waters between the mainland and the archipelago. I crossed a bay, then continued under rocky precipi and forests. Small bays with sandy beaches broke up the rugged coastline, and as force four headwinds crushed my pace, I hugged the coast as tightly as possible. Any temporary escape from the wind was a good one.
The wind died down.
Yesterday I ate my last cracker package. I haven’t been able to find them in Greece, so I switched to whole grain toast-like bread. I ate one slice an hour, until I crashed.
I had no energy. Every stroke, even on the clear blue flat water, was a colossal struggle. One struggle at a time, I pushed forward. I increased my toast dosage by 50%. Slowly, some of my strength came back.
I paddled through rock gardens and in tight spaces between islands and the mainland. Tiny fish leapt out of the water ahead of me.
I was still really tired, so I paddled up to an anchored boat in a bay to ask how far. A canopy on polls covered the small fishing boat. Soothing Greek music floated over the water from a radio. A hefty bald man with a big white mustache slept in a chair, slumped against the closed door of the tiny cabin. I called “ahoy”, but not loudly enough to wake him.
I continued on my way.
With much relief I pulled into Parga’s pristine bay. I had only paddled 13 miles, but I was more than ready to call it a day.
I’ll be here for the Sabbath. I really hope I find a shower.
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Miles paddled: 13
Current location: 39.281317,20.388068
Looks especially beautiful there. Plural of precipice is precipices, even if precipi sounds a lot coolerReplyDelete
The plural of moose IS meese, and I don't care what anyone else says.ReplyDelete
"Me fail English? That's unpossible!"ReplyDelete
have you met any fellow Jews in Greece yet ?ReplyDelete
It looks like the only communities I'll be going through are Athens and Rhodes.ReplyDelete