REACH 4 THE SKY - or Corfu!

Oct. 31:  Morning is magic though the sunrises are not as warm as a couple of weeks ago. It is a two hour paddle to Sarandë. We pack and leave. 

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We decide not to paddle all the way into Sarandë and stop to get bottled water in a small village on the outskirts of the city. 

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Here are signs of development. Summer apartments and houses are sprouting up along this Adriatic coastline. People are busy and workers are plenty. 

   We decide to cross this bay in one go. Later we hear about two tourists that ran into difficulty with their rental kayaks a couple weeks back. Strong winds blew them further away from shore. The woman perished and the man was saved after 17 hours. He was found in a bad state, dehydrated, fearing for his life and clinging to his plastic yellow kayak.  

We decide to cross this bay in one go. Later we hear about two tourists that ran into difficulty with their rental kayaks a couple weeks back. Strong winds blew them further away from shore. The woman perished and the man was saved after 17 hours. He was found in a bad state, dehydrated, fearing for his life and clinging to his plastic yellow kayak.  

   Sarandë in the distance. Goodbye Albania, hello Greece.  

Sarandë in the distance. Goodbye Albania, hello Greece.  

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Corfu is the destination. We cross in two hours and rest in a small cover prior to making our way to Pyrfi, just 10 km from the city of Corfu. 

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It’s getting dark as we arrive. A young guy running a coffee kiosk lets us store the kayaks in his back yard and he finds us an apartment for the night.  

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Once settled into to a small apartment, we find a very local taverna. The owner is roasting pork over an open pit. We eat a heartily meal and enjoy beverages and coffee. Total cost €22 for two.  

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Nov. 1: Kayak a short distance to Gouvia and ask a local marina if we could store our kayaks for a couple of days. 

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They say yes and our kayaks are soon under the surveillance of both port security and the Greek Coast Guard. :)  Now this is service. I find a small room for 150kr and try to solve our transport challenge: one kayak from Corfu to Oslo.

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Lars Erik flies out tomorrow and finding that transport solution is not easy. It’s now 17:00 and we are hungry. Time for the “last supper”.

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For one person? At the Zorbas restaurant outside of Corfu, the answer is yes. I have my own meal to tackle. 

   Chicken souvlaki

Chicken souvlaki

As mentioned, the majority of the journey has been solo, but for the past six weeks I had the honor of paddling with four fine men. Lars Erik is the final participant, but now his leg is over. Now packed and ready to fly home to Oslo, he has followed the whole Albanian coastline. My Albanian Man was an inspiration and great motivation. Thanks to Endre, Jon Fredrik, Trygve and Lars Erik for an enriching experience. Together we were truly better. 

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