Monday, May 5, 2008

The Odyssey: Ithaca

We have arrived at Ithaca, Ulysses' home island, on the Ionian coast of Greece. Quetzal is currently anchored in the harbor of Vathi. We will be renting cars in a little while to drive up to the Cave of the Nymphs, where the only relics from Ulysses' presence on the island are located. Late this afternoon, we will be shoving off again on another overnight passage, this time to Corfu, our final destination.

We have been sailing almost continuously since leaving Kusadasi last Thursday. Our first landfall was on Saturday evening, in the little port of Methoni on the Peloponesse peninsula, a few miles short of our intended destination of Pylos. We had a well-deserved "taverna" dinner to celebrate our 300-mile passage. On Sunday morning, we sailed the short distance to Pylos and were able to buy diesel fuel, but all the markets were closed so we couldn't buy much in the way of provisions. Early in the afternoon, we set sail again for the overnight to Ithaca, where we are now.

Apparently, there is a limit to how many addresses we can have in the Spot system, and none of Nan's or mine made it into the list. Kevin has been nice enough to forward them all to me so I will post them manually when we get up to Corfu.

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