Samos to Fourni

Fri 21 May 2010 18:16
37:34.904N 26:27.325E
Friday, 21st May
Arrived in Samos Tuesday afternoon after a good fast sail from Agathonisi, moored on town quay in Pythagoria a pretty town in the South East of the island.  The town is named after Pythagoras the renowned mathematician and philosopher and is a lively place with bars and restaurants lining the quay, it is also very close to the island's international airport at Chora.  Wednesday cycled across the island to Samos the island's capital then around the coast road to Kokkari a picturesque little fishing village with tavernas around the bay and several pebbly beaches.  We then headed in land and off road, the scenery is beautiful, very green with mountains and lots of trees (cyprus and pines), vineyards and olive groves and some wonderful biking tracks but unfortunately no signposts!  Realising we appeared to be cycling in circles and heading into the mountains with only a couple more hours of daylight we hauled the bikes up a ravine and flagged down a passing motorist to find the way back to Pythagoria via Mytilinnii and Chora and arrived back to see the sun setting.  Thursday we stocked up with provisions and swam and this morning set sail for the nearest island the wind blew us to.  Pretty wild conditions, 30 mile close hauled following the 20-25 knot wind shifts though only had to tack as we arrived at the islands with looming black skies and rain.  Scenery pretty stunning with towering cliffs with churches perched on top, but in this weather too reminiscent of Scotland!  Hope for better weather tomorrow to get to Patmos.