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Old 08-14-2008, 11:26 AM   #16
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One of the best things about ADVrider is getting to see places through a motorcyclists view that I will probably never see with my own eyes.

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Old 08-14-2008, 11:46 AM   #17
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Very nice! A buddy of mine is from Croatia, and having seen his pictures I need to go there one day. Yours only reinforce that need! Thanks.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:48 AM   #18
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Hi Damir,
another very nice report from you.
We did the same road last year by car, while our KTM was sleeping in Sibenik - waiting for a new clutch.
Very nice area - have to come back next time.
(Saturday we start our trip to North-East Europe).

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Old 08-14-2008, 11:30 PM   #19
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There seems to be a lot of unspoiled lands and mountains. Hard to believe in densely populated Europe. Having read a couple of other reports from ADVRiders who have crossed Croatia or live there, I have gotten a very nice impression of the country. Thanks for writing and photographing your trip.
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:16 AM   #20
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I remember my bike taking a nap in those serpentines... Nice pictures! I cant wait to come back to Hrvatska!
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:47 AM   #21
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Here are some more rides from Croatia. Few weekends ago my friend Linza organized a little party near Udbina. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udbina

I still have few days of my holidays left, so I decided to team up with Lolo next morning and went to explore backroads in Dalmatian Zagora http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zagora_(Croatia) and Velebit Mountain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velebit

Day one, Saturday

We managed to get lost while searching for party location, but we had nice time on gravel roads in the area.





Few pictures from the afternoon.









Next morning Linza and I went to explore the area.










After some time I received call from Lolo, he was waiting for me in Udbina, so it was time to say goodbye to Linza and rest of the crew and move on.

First thing we planned to do is to visit Zrmanja River spring.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zrmanja

After gravel road and riding trough the fields, we had to left our bikes and walk to the spring. It was terribly hot and walking in the motorcycle boots on quite a rough terrain was no fun at all, but views were magnificent.






















Next objective was Krupa River spring. We decided to go there taking as much gravel as possible.













We met this Dutch fellow in village called Ervenik, so I helped him with orientation. Some of the gravel roads would be too much for his car. There was lot of loose sand and some climbs, I had hard time on my heavy bike. Did I say it was hot?



Late afternoon we reached the spring.












We still had some time and Mali Alan road, described in first post of the thread was near. Here are few pictures in fading daylight.










Lolo’s family was vacating nearby, so we crashed in apartment for dinner and few beers. We made plans for next day and went to sleep.

To be continued...
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:40 AM   #22
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Thread title amended as per your request..

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Old 09-10-2008, 04:18 AM   #23
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:25 AM   #24
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Thanks for the report very much..

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Old 09-10-2008, 04:30 AM   #25
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:44 AM   #26
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:14 AM   #27
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SWEET MOTHER OF JEEZUS, did you see the size of those burgers?! I guess you know where my priorities lie.... what with all the great scenery pics and all, which by the way were equally fantastic.

My wife is a second generation Croat in the US, her mother's maiden name is Zejavic; I'll have to do some research on their roots, and make that my excuse to visit your country. So incredibly beautiful and diverse!

Thanks Damir. Your RR's and pics are, as always, par excelance!
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:59 AM   #28
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Beautiful!

I remember driving right through Korenica a little more than a month ago ( http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=368410 )! Thanks for the report - next time I'll have to check out the radar station...
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Old 09-11-2008, 02:08 AM   #30
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If day before was river spring day, this day can be called history day.

We started with visit to the Nin. A small town near Zadar, Nin has a very rich and tumultuous history. Nin is the first Croatian royal town, and the glorious period was between the 7th and 13th centuries.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin,_Croatia

Statue of Grgur Ninski in Nin, rubbing the statue's toe is said to bring good luck.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_of_Nin



Some more photos from the city.













Next stop was Novigrad. Novigrad is a picturesque historical town located on the southern shores of the Novigrad Sea, at the foot of the Velebit massif, in a deep cove whose steep sides are covered in dense pinewood.

Some info about the place: http://www.novigrad-dalmacija.hr/en/...lmatinski.html















Then we went towards Asseria.
Info from http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=6335359

Started 6th century BCE by iron age native Liburnian Illyrians and then developed under Hellenistic influence with massive blocks.

After Roman conquest, Asseria was renovated as municipium and eventually received a monumental gate commemorating visit by Hadrian in 113 CE, which is now lost. There is a secondary entrance at north for goods, animals etc. In the south there are the remains of a forum, now a cemetery and church.

The site is about 450 Meters by 150 meters and at 243 Meters altitude. You must drive through war ravaged villages to get to this site, but it appears safe. Croatian Air Force training aircraft from a nearby airbase tend to practice overhead.

We had quite hard time finding the location, there are traces of some excavation and restoration works.



























Next ancient Roman stop was Burnum. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnum It looks that restoration is in full swing, so site will probably be put in some kind of touristic use soon.

















To be continued with some nice gravel roads and views from Velebit Mountain.
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