Another soggy Saturday
The weather window promised by website Weather Underground (wunderground.com) failed to materialise, but I went to Porta anyway.
Perhaps someone, undeterred by rain, would turn up, and if not there was a track I was itching to explore.
The rain was incessant but not heavy, and my newly acquired rain jacket (Regatta! Quilted lining!) proved thoroughly waterproof and cosy. In the end, the track led nowhere (now I know I will not fidget when we cross it in future). We followed a truncated version of the planned walk, with three soggy doggies at the end. I avoided the ghastly syndrome ‘Cagoule Crotch’ (in which rainwater drips off your jacket onto your trousers and then wicks up into your underwear) only by an inch or two. We dried off in the car on the way home.
So seeing as the last two walks have been cancelled due to rain, we will roll them over:
Saturday, 7 February: Lakones and the Muletracks of Mount Arakli (2 hours ***). Meet at the first traffic lights, at the start of Lakones Village, in the coffee bar/minimarket, 10.00 for 10.30 start. Lunch at Elizabeth’s, Doukades. NOTE: We will do this walk in the opposite direction from normal so that we descend the steeper path.
Saturday, 14 February: Strinilas and the descent to Lafki (2 hours **). Meet at Lafki coffee bar, 10.00 for 10.30 start. CAR TRANSFER to Strinilas – please don’t car-share so we have enough places for the return from Lafki to Strinilas. Lunch at Stamatis, Strinilas. NOTE:
Mountain walking without the climbing! Downhill nearly all the way!
Saturday, 21 February: Giannades, the Marmaro Hills and the Ropa Valley (2 1/2 hours **). Meet in Giannades Square, 10.00 for 10.30 start. Lunch at Tristrato. NOTE: Though we often walk from Giannades, we have not done this exact walk for some years. In the event of mud, alternative parallel routes will be followed.
Saturday, 28 February: Porta, the Oak Forest and the High Tracks (2 hours **). Meet at the Old Schoolhouse, top of Porta Village, 10.15 for 10.30 start (no coffee). Lunch at Roumeli Taverna, Nissaki. NOTE:
Beautiful woodland, ghost village, stunning views; what’s not to like?