Neraida - Sevia Bridge, AlaikmonasDecember 2, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C
The sun is casting pink and peachy hues onto a soft, thin covering of high altitude cloud, as it sets behind the Neraida - Sevia Bridge. We once again have a view of the Alaikmonas Reservoir, although today's spot is significantly further south (it's a big reservoir).
We arrived here via a series of rural mountain roads. They were in poor condition at times, with rockfalls, subsidence, mudslides and crumbling (or no) surface, all common features. Our views of the amazing, tree covered landscape were uplifting, but some of the sights we saw along the way were difficult to cope with. We stopped and fed two very skinny looking hunting dogs and not long afterwards passed a cow at the side of the road. Her behaviour wasn't normal; she stood stock still, her head down, only moving her eye to watch us. As we drew closer and passed we saw she was emaciated with a bad injury to her back end. We couldn't think of anything we could do to help. She was obviously terrified but there wasn't a settlement anywhere nearby where we could alert someone. We just hope one of the few other drivers we passed will have seen her and known what to do.
To reach our overnight spot we turned off the main road onto a dirt track. This led us to a scrubby bit of gass adjacent to the pebble shore. Although the air and water temperatures were only 12° and 9°C respectively, Will went for what he called a 'refreshing' dip in the reservoir, before settling down on the beach with his fishing gear. He managed to catch a roach, but returned it, as it wasn't quite big enough for a meal. A few small boats with either a 'put put' outboard or oars bore crew who cast their lines as the light faded. We spotted a Coypu swimming a little way out, being harassed by a seagull.
Vicky made friends with a couple of dogs who had come to investigate the van. They were both very nervous but the blue merle sheepdog was extremely hungry. She'd obviously had puppies recently as her teats hung low with milk, but there was no sign of them. Though skittish, she gently ate out of Vicky's hand and stayed for most of the evening, returning in the morning. As we were close to the town of Neraida, Vicky called her Aida and was reluctant to leave her behind.
It was a quiet and beautiful spot where we'd planned to stay two nights, but these plans fell flat when we attempted to turn the heating on. Our Truma gave out a series of bangs, but no heat. Temperatures dropped to 3°C outside and 8° in. As if this wasn't enough, part of Will's tooth broke off, leaving behind a raw edge like a shard of glass. His cap on the same tooth had fallen out a few weeks ago but hadn't caused any pain so he buried his head and hoped it might be ok. It was time to return to Thessaloniki!Read more