From CZ to HR
As Nic and I started into Poland, the weather started to get rainy and cold. A quick look at the forecast told us that the foreseeable future looked wet. Rather than head into the mountains to be damp and cold, we jumped a train down to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. It was a full day of travel and a quick stay in a hostel, but as soon as we started riding through the city in the morning we knew we had made the correct decision. Figs, plums, apples, grapes, and pears hanging from trees and vines all across the countryside. The sunny weather had us in pretty good spirits.
The first day in Croatia we rode out of the city and into the nearby hills, linking together dirt and pavement, making our way generally towards the coast. The day was ended with a character building downhill hike a bike. We were both glad when we finally got out of the small canyon we had worked our was into. We hammered down a gravel limestone road until we found a bar. After several beers we crept off into an abandoned building to find some sleep.
The next day was a big day of pounding pavement, that found us within throwing distance of the route we were aiming for.
We had a loose plan in mind that we would try to link up with the Adriatic Crest route. It took us just over 2 days to intersect the route. Thus far, the route has been phenomenal . Mixed dirt and pavement through mountains and broad valleys. We have climbed up to 5,200 feet and are currently sitting at 40 feet on a tidally influenced river channel.
Over the last several days we have encountered some wet conditions, but it has been warm and thus, not too bad. I had forgotten what warm rain feels like. It is not all bad. We will continue along this route until we reach the end of the route in Split. From there the plan is less clear, though it is coming together. We will spend some time in Bosnia and Montenegro on our way towards Albania. I hope we can find some figs on today’s ride.