Thursday, April 11, 2013

Crete: Day 6 - Up to Aradhena

Day 6 - (April 7, 2013)
The strong wind throughout the night had turned the sea into a raging torrent, so leaving Agia Roumeli by the ferry was out of the question ... we had to walk.  The plan was to hike up 700+ m to Agios Ioanis and then to Aradhena, where we would try to hitch a ride back to Chora Sfakion.
Misty Mountain Approach
Starting out, I was a bit concerned about several possible negative scenarios, including the weather, but Fortune was on our side.  The path was nice, and the ascent relatively easy, despite the ominous forward appearance of vertical rock faces and the prospect of frightening exposure.
Selaudha Face
The plateau over the rim was like a different world.
Near Agios Ioanis
From here, we made great progress and reached Aradhena around 14:00.
Aradhena Gorge
More Aradhena photos here. Two friendly Germans happened to be sight-seeing the gorge exactly at the same time we arrived.  Score.  The ride back to Chora Sfakion was secure.  We were greatly relieved to not have to do a 30+ km day.  No more than 30 minutes later, we were back in our rental car and on the road to Kamilari.  3 hours later, a pleasant evening commenced at the Kritimos Villa, our accommodation.
At the Kritimos Villa, Kamilari

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