Croatia 2

Tuesday 2013.06.04 I’m in Ploče, 100 km north of Dubrovnik on a busy, hilly road. The coast highway is a two lanes with good pavement but no shoulder. From Dubrovnik it is the only way north and the traffic includes large tour buses, big tractor-trailer rigs and tourists pulling caravans. It was scenic and tiring. The hills were not bad, sometimes long; I was only in bottom gear a few times. The hard work was the traffic, staying far enough out in the lane to make drivers pass well to the left, but ready to dart to the edge if it felt tight. From here there is a motorway that parallels the coast road. It should reduce the truck and bus traffic on the coast road.

The day included a short stretch in Bosnia. As part of the settlement to divide up the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia got a little bit of coast, cutting off the southern tip of Croatia from the north. It felt unreal to see road signs pointing to Sarajevo, about 150 km away.

Ploče is a small port where a large river joins the sea. A place to sleep, not a tourist town. Tomorrow will be different.

Wednesday 2013.06.05, Stari Grad on Hvar Island. Today I rode north on the coast road about 25 km to a small town where I took a ferry to Hvar, one of the best known of the islands along the coast. It is beautiful, hilly, and very quiet after Dubrovnik. If you visit the coast, you must visit at least one of the islands. Only a 55 minute crossing, then serious hills. But a joy to ride on a quiet road in almost deserted countryside. There were farms here, but most are abandoned as the land is steep, rocky and dry. The few towns in the east part of the island are just a few houses, no shops. The west is more developed and that is where I am tonight, in a small town that has a long history and an old town section. It is early in the season and the town is quiet. Thunderstorms in the afternoon but I escaped. About 90 km which felt harder than yesterday.

It is dusk. The birds in the palm trees are noisy and for half an hour bats filled the sky. The nasty mosquitos are coming out.

Tomorrow to Split by ferry.



20130605-215557.jpgI will never become accustomed to people photographing with an iPad.

20130605-215621.jpgMotorcycle tourist

20130605-224841.jpgStari Grad

3 thoughts on “Croatia 2”

  1. Well it seems odd to use your iPad instead of say your iPhone for photo’s and video. But is saves you from having to fetch your reading-glasses, and an other issues i find with taking videos on an iPhone: it’s so cumbersome to get them on to your iPad, where you want to watch them. (photo’s sync easily of course).

    Do you do a lot/any reading on your travels? I suppose you don’t listen to music on your bike rides, in order to keep an open ear for traffic?


    • I do a lot of reading when I travel. Now it is all ebooks. The iPad mini is great as an ebook reader, among its many uses. But I don’t take photos with it.

  2. As usual, your photographs tell such interesting stories. I particularly like the last one with just a glint of the evening sun setting the buildings aglow. Very lovely Roy.

    Yes, iPad photography does look odd, doesn’t it.


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