Monday October 16, 2006
I arrived in Heraklion on the boat at 12:30 am and finally found a hostel. I only got 4 hrs sleep and had to catch the 5:30 am bus to Chania which was 2.5 hrs away. I got there just in time to catch the 8am bus to Samaria Gorge, which was the only reason I came to Crete. It is the longest ravine in Europe and starts off with a 3000 ft. drop during the first mile and another 11 miles after that. The hike takes about 5-6 hrs and eventually leads to a seaside town. Walking downhill on rocks is very painful and it reminded me of Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately, the pain was not completely over by the time we reached the beach town. The bus was full and I had to stand another 1.5 hrs. I am ready to leave Crete. The walk was a great trek but I am looking forward to Switzerland.