Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Crete: Day 2 - Chora Sfakion to Loutro

Day 2 (April 3, 2013): Chora Sfakion to Loutro
Had the sea not been too rough for the ferry boat, we may have opted for the easy way to Agia Roumeli, but it was not meant to be.  The winds were strong, though the weather was not in-climate  So, plan B was to walk the E4 path, stopping at Loutro.  The only guide was the map and my mountaineering experience, both of which actually proved to be quite useful.  The E4 path is what could be called "hard" depending on your expectations.  In hindsight, it was not terribly difficult, but there were several sections which were downright tricky, particularly with a 20 kg backpack.  We encountered an eroded section of path less than 1 km from where it left the road that had serious 100+ m exposure and was less than a meter wide.  So, we decided instead to hike over the 500 m mountain to Kambia and down the steep path to Loutro.  It was rewarding.
Looking down on Chora Sfakion
Loutro from above
More Loutro photos here.  Accommodation for the evening was the Oasis, and moussaka at the  only open taverna.  It just gets better and better...

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