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The last full day…
”Today we woke up early and said our thanks and goodbyes to Gent’s relatives. Afterwards, we started our trip back to Lake Shkoder. Nate left with the WWF van (minus the spare tire, as someone must have needed it more than us!) to get to the car ferry, while we were supposed to walk for “only twenty minutes” to the point where the passenger ferry should come but then “someone” 🙂 thought that we were mistaken and we needed to also go to the other ferry location…so we began to walk. It was not 20 minutes, but almost 2 hours! So, we had to hitchhike. Fortunately, two Czechs (a large group of them is marking trails in the mountains) drove some of us and all of our gear to the ferry stop while a group of us were running along the road.
When we arrived there, we discovered that Mario Molla, the ferry driver, was waiting for us at the original ferry stop (the 20 minute hike one). And so…
Keep calm and let Mario handle it. He came and picked us up! …thank goodness we didn’t have to walk back.
After two hours of beautiful sightseeing on the ferry, Mario stopped and let us swim in the lake. Once we arrived, we met Nate and 3 others hitchhikers who he’d met on the car ferry. We took a shuttle to Shkoder where we said the first farewell to a Riverwalker this day: to Genci (we love you, big mama, we hope to see you soon) and then we bought food for the long rides home.
In the evening we enjoyed pizza and a most beautiful sunset on the lake. Finally, all of us took a real shower…how fine! Now, finally cleaned, we are pretty ready for our last night under the stars (well… How we could be ready for this?).
Tomorrow, we have to wake up really early. And we have to be ready to let go a lot. To be ready to say goodbye, to split up again, and go home, by van, by train, by… (!)
BUT… always look at the bright side of life!
So, we all wish to keep the memories of the (now we can really say this) craziest and wildest Riverwalk ever. And to walk, again, together.
Natën e mirë
Riverwalk…Keep it going, keep it going