The men are close enough to see their home of Ithaca. As odysseus falls asleep, the men succumb to greed and open his bag of wind from Aeolus. They are blown back to where they started.
Road Back Home
In hopes of finding another route home, Odysseus visits the underworld. There, he sacrifices a goat and is told an omen by Teirisias, a blind prophet. He encounters his mother and a deceased shipmate along this short journey.
All of Odysseus' men are killed by either Scylla, a 6 headed serpant, or charybdis, a whirlpool with teeth. He washes upon a shore and the Gods and Goddesses have sworn to now help him get back home.
Odysseus washes upon a shore and is rescued by his faithful swineherd, Eumaeus. Taken to Eumaeus' home, he encounters his son, Telemachus.
Instead of killing the suitors the first minute he sees them, Odysseus is disguised by Athena as an old beggar and goes inside the home to observes the effects of the suitors.
Penelope gives the suitors a test where they are to string Odysseus' bow and shoot an arrow through 12 ax handles. Odysseus wins the competition and then is given a test by Penelope to which he answers with the story of the bed and the olive tree. The rest of the suitors are killed or leave.