@ 1July 2015- Croatia (David)

 

A selection of home cured meats. Kulen is the best!
A selection of home cured meats. Kulen is the best!

Today was the day I had to leave the “In Laws” and ride to meet back up with Steve and his wife Jo in Pitvica Lakes (they had made their way there from Venice). It is always sad to say good by to the Croatian family as they treat you so special and life is so relaxed. I decided to take the back roads via Bosnia to Plitvica thinking it would be scenic.

Bosnia was a pretty sad sight most of the way, with rubbish and part stripped cars not an uncommon view. The interesting thing was the huge number of abandoned half built properties (residential and commercial) everywhere I went. It was as though things were going well for the country and suddenly someone cut the funding overnight.

I will say the North West corner heading towards Plitvica was much nicer with fast running crystal clear water and properties that were better looked after. Oh, I came across many speed camera’s as well!

I arrived at approx 6:00pm to meet up with Steve and Jo and I must say it was good to have the Mad Ride Team back together. Tomorrow we walk the lakes.

 

 

@ 30 June 2015 – Croatia (David)

The first mechanical failure for the trip. A broken indicator bracket.
The first mechanical failure for the trip. A broken indicator bracket.
Thanks to a resourceful family member all is under control.
Thanks to a resourceful family member all is under control.
problem solved!
problem solved!

Today is the last day with the In Laws. The day was a struggle due to the loss of my mate Ken. Thanks to technology I managed to have a FaceTime call with the wife that certainly gave me the opportunity to “let go” and move on to get through the day.

I made my way to Osijek, which was approx 50km’s away to visit other in laws. I wasn’t much fun but we had a lovely walk along the river and lunch at a popular local Cevapi Restaurant followed by ice cream at a local cafe. A nice relaxed day to spend the day.

When preparing to ride home I noticed a broken indicator which was clearly a turning point for our Mad Ride with our first mechanical failure! Luckily I had a handy family member on the ride home, so a quick stop off at Stephan’s for a Turkish coffee while he insisted on fixing the problem for me. Bit like a “pitt stop” really!

The evening has been spent saying my good bye’s to family and friends who have all been so lovely to me during my brief visit.

Steve and Jo have spent the day traveling to Senj, Croatia as tomorrow we meet up again in Plitvica National Park. Looking forward to being back together.

@ 29 June 2015 – Croatia (David)

Time for a hair cut! Language Barrier was a problem which had me worried for a while. Ha
Time for a hair cut! Language Barrier was a problem which had me worried for a while. Ha

Today was another day spent with the Croatian In Laws and time to get a bit of maintenance done, except this was maintenance I needed in the form of a hair cut. Describing how you want your hair cut to a person who does not understand a word I am saying certainly ups the stakes! Ha

steve and Jo spent time floating around Venice in a gondola today and no doubt enjoying the time together.

I just oust realised today was the first day I have managed not to consume any alcohol since the start of our trip. I almost celebrated with a beer however!

Life is simple in regional Croatia, something we in big cities could learn a thing or two from. As you pass people (including teenagers) in the street they say good day, neighbours take turns of cutting the grass and running erands for the old people around them and exchange home grown food. When was the last time “us city people” even thought about the people around us?