Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 63.42km
Average speed / 平均速度: 12.2km/h
Time on bike / 走行時間: 5h 11m
Total distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 929.44km (plus 8400km)
Ascent / 上り: +840m
Descent / 下り: -865m
Look Mum! I’m on TV!
This just goes to show that you should always repair your trousers when you have the chance, as I did last night, because you never know when you might get interviewed for the TV news.
The ride from Ulcinj to Budva was amazing, as is the whole coast here. Just spectacular. I never expected it to be this dramatic. Massive rocky outcrops (like, outcropping to 1,500m high) drop down to the crystal clear water of the Adriatic, leaving people to build where ever they can. Below is Sveti Stefen. That one took me by surprise.
Churches and monasteries built where ever land was flat enough to allow.
Old olive plantations in Bar had trees up to 2,000 years old.
Now, as I was innocently cycling along, trying to keep my jaw from dropping on the ground due to the magnificent scenery, I was called over to the side of the road by a guy washing his car. He spoke good English, and was impressed with my journey and mode of transport.
“Can you wait for a while here? I have a friend from the TV news who would like to speak to you.” he said, while stabbing his mobile phone, dailing his TV news friend.
Fifteen minutes later, Dado, an announcer on the news, arrived with his cameraman. We arranged to meet in Budva, an amazing small town with an enchanting old section of the town meticulously upkept.
Many many thanks to Dado, who, after hearing that I wanted to stay a night in Budva, offered for me to stay at his place. We did the interview (you can watch it by clicking on the small image at the top of this post), and we arranged to meet up again after he had finished work.
This gave me a chance to have a wander around the old town. The streets are narrow, the tops of buildings, if any higher, seem as though they would meet.
Basically, the coast of Montenegro has taken me totally by surprise. I had been expecting great things from the coast of Croatia, and Montenegro was just another country to pass through to get there. But what a place. A rather well hidden secret.
After work, Dado and I drove to Kotor, a little further along the coast. Kotor is even more impressive than Budva. A massive fiord (the biggest in Europe, apparently – yes, even bigger than any of the fiords in Norway) creates a massive bay, with rocky peaks towering over the town.
Man, if Croatia is supposed to be the most impressive coastline in Europe, then it must be something out of this world.