The fourth day of the match was a day off for members of Team USA in Modified and Ladies Production. The Leathams, USPSA President Michael Voigt, Maggie Reese, my brother and I all piled into the rental van to check out the town of Lindos. Lindos is a popular tourist destination on Rhodes. In fact it has everything from beautiful beaches, an acropolis with tombs to explore, a wealth of eateries, plenty of shopping, traditional Greek architecture in brilliant white against azure seas and sky and… DONKEYS! More on the donkeys later though.
We arrived into town at lunch time. We were literally starving so we stopped at the first restaurant we saw, Mavrikos. It proved to be an excellent choice and in addition to all the traditional dishes we found at most restaurants it had some other delights on the menu. I ordered octopus ragu. It was delicious!
With full bellies we were ready to explore the town. We walked through the clean streets lined with shops selling everything from pottery to t-shirts, handmade embroidered table clothes to olive oil. That’s when we first noticed the unique taxi service taking tourists to the steps to the acropolis – donkeys! We kept on walking but it became obvious that it would be a difficult climb for Maggie. In August Maggie tore the ligaments in her knee. She’s been a trooper and a solid shooter for our team even despite her serious injury. The climb was too steep for someone with a torn ACL so she and Mike stayed back. That was until they found trusty steeds to take them to the top!
The views from the acropolis were breathtaking and standing among the ruins filled me with a sense of wonder and awe of the work that went into building such a place. Here are some of my favorite photos…
When we finished exploring, Maggie and Mike set off on their donkeys. I just had to try it too! Lindos donkeys travel in pairs so Kippi graciously offered to come along with me. THANK YOU, KIPPI! My donkey’s name was Margherita and Kippi was on Leala. Where Mike and Maggie looked like seasoned riders as they headed down the stone paved street, I giggled maniacally the ENTIRE time. It was so much fun!
The day with good food, friends and fun was just what I needed to tackle the last two days of the match. Lots more photos from the trip can be found here.