The original road was suddenly wide enough to use this term, beautifully paved and over two metres wide for a short distance. Then a flock of goats, obviously used to people, ignored us as we passed them. One was standing on its back legs tucking into a Cupressus, surprising because Cupressus is rarely eaten and is presumably very unpalatable.
Nearing the bottom of the walk the gorge started to widen where the dramatic rock arch sheltered a few specimens of Verbascum arcturus, another endemic. They were growing in the deep shade of this open-ended cave. They were accompanied by a Euphorbia. On seeing more examples beside the exit from the gorge I realised this was the localised endemic species Euphorbia sultan-hassei, easy to mistake for the more common Euphorbia dendroides, but with a distinctly warty fruit compared with E. dendroides which has a smooth fruit.
On leaving the gorge officially by having my ticket stamped at the exit kiosk I finally saw a few Dracunculus vulgaris in flower with their typical deep magenta black spathes and their tell-tale stench of rotting flesh. What an end to the walk! A beer (not my usual tipple) and a sit down to lunch in the shade of the local taverna with good company including the local MGS members was a welcome rest after a stunning walk.