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Day 248 - CROATIA: Prizna to Rijeka
April 28th, 2007 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, Croatia

Thanks to Nenad once again for contacting one of his cycling contacts in Rijeka. I was met in Rijeka by Aleksandar Popovic, president of Roberta Bicycle Club in Rijeka. I’m not sure if I’ve ever met someone so keen on mountain biking. His study at his home was filled with memorabilia from mountain bike races all over Europe. Thank you so much Aleksander for putting me up for the night.

A drink with Aleksandar Popovic, president of Roberta Bicycle Club, Rijeka, Croatia

Aleksander Popvic and a cook in Rijeka, Croatia

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Day 247 - CROATIA: Zadar to just past Prizna
April 27th, 2007 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, Croatia

The name of the game today was wind. The fabled ‘bura’ north wind was doing it’s thing in the grandest fashion today, stopping me in my tracks just after I got off the island Pag.

Scary (near Zadar, Croatia)

This donkey farm’s icon was in danger of being blown off it’s frame. In more danger were the many snails I saw on the road, making a slow beeline for the other side.

Snail in danger near Zadar, Croatia

I wonder if this fella was happy that I picked him up and threw him to safety on the side of the road. Or perhaps he was mad that I didn’t think to throw him to the side of the road to which he was headed, rather than the other way…

In any case, I managed to make it to the island Pag safely, and was sheltered somewhat from the strong wind, despite the barren surroundings, just as Nenad from Makarska had promised.

Rocky landscape on Pag Island, Croatia

The wind did have it’s effect on me however, and I was shouted at by the ferry’s cafe owner as we approached the mainland. I had drifted off to sleep on the ferry that runs between the island and the mainland at the northern end of the island. At the southern end, the island is connected by a bridge.

Once on the mainland, I could hardly walk, let alone cycle, because of the strong ‘bura’ wind. I sought shelter in some ruins for the night, hoping that the remaining corner of roof wouldn’t collapse on me.

Sleeping spot near Prizna, Croatia

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Day 246 - CROATIA: Vodice to Zadar
March 26th, 2007 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, Croatia

Look Mum! I’m on TV again!

National Croatian TV came to Vodice this morning to do a spot on the crazy New Zealander cycling across the continent.
I left Vodice after lunch, headed for Zadar. It was dark and wet again, with dead animals roasting on the roadside, looking none too comfortable at all.

Janjetina - lamb on a spit in Drage, Croatia

This little number is called Jajetina - roast lamb on a spit. All very gory. A Croatian I met said it wasn’t all that tasty.

Today the distance was correctly estimated, with about 80km to Zadar. Once there, I called upon Nenad’s great networking prowess, and had a number in minutes for the president of a local road bike racing club. Ante Zorovic arrived a few minutes after I called him in the club van. My bike was piled in, and we were off to his place.

He had recently purchased a new racing bike for his son. An Italian bike - a Wilier. Very nice. The frame is all carbon fibre, and the frame alone only weighs 1.2 kg.

Oh so nice bike in Zadar, Croatia

I would love to have a go on some of the ultra-light recumbents out there. I do miss the thrill of a really fast bike.

Ante’s wife fed me till I couldn’t eat any more (really good jaffa cake!), and I had a restful sleep.

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第242日目 - クロアチア: マカルスカ町(日本語要約)
March 22nd, 2007 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, Croatia

日本語要約:日本語のブログをしばらく維持しなくてごめなさい。しばらく日本語で書かなかった理由はいくつかありますが、とにかく、これからもっと努力します!しないと日本語を忘れてします(汗)。

マカルスカ町に着いて3日目です。こんな長くいるつもりはなかったが、ちょうどこの3日間天気が悪化したし、マカルスカ町チャリクラブの会長と出逢って、クラブのミーテイングルームで無料で泊まらせてくれました。ま、急ぐ必要はないから、ここで天気がよくなるまで過ごすことにしました。以下は2日前マカルスカ町の新聞社にインタービューされたときに撮られた写真です。 

I have been kidnapped by the great folk in Makarska.

I tell you, they won’t let me leave.

But what a great bunch of people. If the clouds clear up good, then we might go for a slog up the big mountain behind Makarska. 0m to 1750m is a solid ride. Rain rain go away…

Ivo Raivc from Makarska Kronika has kindly given me the photos he took the other day for the article about my journey. Here is a selection:

Interviewed by the Makarska Kronika (photo by Ivo Ravic in Makarska, Croatia)   Photo by Ivo Ravic in Makarska, Croatia

Photo by Ivo Ravic in Makarska, Croatia   With Nenad Zidic, president of the Makarska Bicylce Club (Photo by Ivo Ravic in Makarska, Croatia)

Photo by Ivo Ravic in Makarska, Croatia   Photo by Ivo Ravic in Makarska, Croatia

It’s not often that I get photos of me on the bike. So that is quite enough for now. Thanks to Ivo Ravic and Makarska Kronika for supplying the photos.

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