Biking Into Split Croatia
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.