Buzet was the last town in Croatia that I spent the night. From there, I headed on bike through the border crossing, which actually took about 10 minutes compared to the usual two or three. I think they were also just puzzled at me coming through on my bike with touring gear and saddle bags etc… But, once I made it through, I realized really quickly that there was going to be some nasty hills all day long. I got tired of the hills after a few hours, as they seemed like they would go on forever, so at this point, I finally broke down and boarded a train for the capital of Slovenia called Llublijana.
I will for sure get back to this city sometime someday. This place was all kinds of fun. Such an incredible mix of things going on there, and awesome looking sites to see. The people were all very friendly, almost everyone speaks perfect or near perfect english. What more could you ask for? Well, I asked the person at the hotel where to get a haircut, and soon enough I was getting a Slovenian haircut by a young Slovenian girl. It worked out great, and I was super happy.
Biking Out of Llublijana on the Sava River
When it came time to make my way back to Zagreb, I had looked at the map and saw the Sava River as a great path to follow to the Croatian capital city. So, after about a half hour, I was outside of Slovenia’s capital and back on country roads. This was also a great day of bike riding. I managed to make my way all the way to the town of Sevnica, Slovenia. Along the way I stopped at a few places, one place I remember quite well as it was a small restaurant and coffee bar. There were some young folks working there who were out of school for the summer and they were very helpful in telling me where to go and what to do etc… They were also wondering why I was on such a long bike ride all by myself. That always seems to be the common question.
The island of Korcula was a real treat to make it to. I had to take the ferry from Dubrovnik to get there, but it was well worth the trip. And the actual ferry trip itself was actually quite fun. There are several islands that you can visit if you are in Croatia. Korcula happens to be the island where Marko Polo is from.
I didn’t really do much bike riding in Korcula, but the first night I did spend the night at a campground. After being semi-attacked by bees there, I decided to rent out a room at a private house for the next two nights. The island is not too big, and without knowing too much to do, I pretty much just walked around all the time and tried to just poke around. There is a pretty impressive old town/main part of the downtown. I ate at a few restaurants there and did the normal relax all day with some coffee stuff. It was pretty relaxing, and so beautiful on this island too. Being out in the Adriatic Sea and not with any cares at all definitely has its rewards.
The bike ride from Sinj to Split Croatia was pretty uneventful as I recall. It was relatively downhill as you are going from the mountains to the Adriatic Sea. What was really cool though, actually a bit scary was the huge tunnel that I had to go through before entering Split. I had never been through a tunnel like this one before on this bike trip. I made sure to stop beforehand, and put on my flashing light on the rear of the bike and then to make sure to pedal pretty quickly because I wanted to get out of that thing right away. Nothing bad happened, and eventually I was out of there in quickly.
I know that everyone says Split Croatia has the nicest looking girls in Croatia, and stuff like that, or at least that is what all types of guys were telling me when I was in Croatia, but I really didn’t think Split was too impressive as a city. I know I did not really give it much of a chance either. I was only there for one day. I arrived probably around 3pm, and was out of there the next day. I do remember walking around some very old parts of the old town I suppose and finding it pretty interesting, but in many ways, it was just another big city. At that point in the trip too, I was more concerned about getting down to Dubrovnik, where I needed to take a ferry to Italy to go to a wedding. And, since big cities are usually a drag for a transient bike rider, Split in some ways was just that. It was a bit hard for me to figure out the next morning which roads to get on to get out of there etc… But eventually, I was on the coast road heading south, and looking for the town of Makarska.
Makarska is a beautiful town right on the Adriatic Sea. If you have the opportunity to visit Makarska, I suspect you will be impressed with its beauty. There is a huge mountain, I believe the tallest mountain in the country that you can climb which is just in-back of the actual town. You can see if from most points within the city limits. There are plenty of restaurants in Makarska, and some nice night-life. I ended up meeting a girl names Eliska, and her boyfriend and girlfriend, and they offered me a place to stay for the night for a reasonable price. It turned out to be Eliska’s parents house. What was great was her boyfriend named Chris was actually German, and he spoke no Croatian. So the two of us were able to talk in English, and the other girls spoke excellent English as well.
Makarska to Dubrovnik
I don’t recal that many details from this stage of the bike trip, other than it being right along the coast for most of it. I did have to spend the night in Bosnia in the town of Neum, which I did not particularly like too much. But since I had been biking all day long, it was pretty neat to have spent the night in Bosnia, even if it was only one night.