Judy on the crest of a wave, crossing to Atoko Island – Photo by Russ Hobbs
There was some swell and wind chop initially (~8 knot wind). The group separated into several smaller groups and later Pavlos gently reprimanded us for not staying together. There was time to swim and empty the gear from boats before our water taxi arrived. Pavlos and others removed the rudders from the kayaks to prevent damage. Most of our group travelled in the first water taxi to Vathi, the capital of Ithaca. The taxi returned to bring the boats, plus Pavlos, John and Glen, to a cove on the other side of Ithaca, where they unloaded the kayaks and swam them in a short distance to shore.
Tourist boat hazard on the crossing to Atoko Island – Photo by Russ Hobbs
We settled into the wonderful Odyssey apartments, with views of the fjord-like bay and Vathi township, and did the usual clean up of our gear and ourselves. While luxuriating in the shower, Judy failed to notice that the shower curtain had blocked the drain and she flooded her and Barb’s room. Fortunately they had lots of towels! Everyone walked into the town for drinks (and to watch Australia and the Netherlands playing World Cup Soccer) and to do some tourist shopping before having yet another delicious Greek dinner.
Sue, Wolfgang and Pel enjoying the view from the apartments at Vathi – Photo by Russ Hobbs
Ithaca day. Today was a non-paddling day and the chance to see some of Ithaca Island. Breakfast on the terrace was a selection of beautiful breads, cakes and pastries made by the owner of the apartments. Then we piled into three hire cars and drove north from Vathi, past stunning coastal scenery, stopping for a tour of the 800 year old Katharon Monastery. From here we drove to the Stavros Museum where we marvelled at archaeological treasures dating back to 2,000 and 3,000BC, including items associated with Odysseus and his return to Ithaca. We continued on to the charming coastal villages of Frikes and Kioni, where we had time for lunch and shopping. Back in Vathi for dinner and an overnight thunderstorm and heavy rain.