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Old 10-05-2008, 12:49 PM   #61
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Damir,
It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday
The lakes were awesome, I think the rain helped
We made it to Sarajevo with no problems
Thanks again for lunch and coming to see us at the border.
You have a beautiful country
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:50 PM   #62
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Hi Dan!

I had really nice time with you and Ellen.

I hope you will have better weather for the rest of your trip.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:39 PM   #63
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Hi Mike,
Yesterday I met with Dan (http://www.advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=43050) and Ellen, they are touring Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro.

They rented their bikes in Slovenia http://www.smtours.com/index.html They will be back home in few weeks time, so you can contact them for more info.
Many thanks Damir.
Needless to say I loved your report !
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:15 PM   #64
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Few pictures from the afternoon.




I can't belive a lada niva, looks ok too.

I deleted the bbq photo, but it really makes me want to come back. Was it goat.

I love this thread and the photo's, thankyou.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:30 AM   #65
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I can't belive a lada niva, looks ok too.

I deleted the bbq photo, but it really makes me want to come back. Was it goat.

I love this thread and the photo's, thankyou.
Hi, there are quite a few Lada Niva’s around in Croatia. They are popular among foresters, hunters and other people who drive over rough terrain. Some of them really prefer Russian ruggedness.

It was lamb.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:02 AM   #66
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Hi, another short ride from Croatia, this time with my dad.



Route:



We took D1 road towards Plitvicka Jezera NP. First stop was Rastoke http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastoke near the town of Slunj.







Then we proceeded towards NP. To see beauty of the lakes you have to go there on foot, you don’t see anything from the road, so you have to plan to spend at least half of day there.



Road took us trough Lika region http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lika.





After small town of Gracac we started climbing on the Velebit Mountain. We decided to abandon D1 road and turn toward small village named Krupa. River with same name springs nearby, spring is described in one of the previous posts.





We enjoyed karst landscape, especially in fall colors.













Finally we reached Obrovac, and few minutes later we hit the coastal road http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jadranska_Magistrala “magistrala” as we locals call it.



















We visited Nehaj fortress in Senj http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehaj





From Senj, we turned inland, back towards home. Last stop was in small village named Majorija. It is named after Major Kajetan Knezic (1786-1848) famous engineer and road builder, now mainly forgotten in modern Croatia. He is buried near the small church. He also built road over Mali Alan, described in first post in this thread.









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Old 10-12-2008, 09:13 AM   #67
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Greetings from Dubrovnic
Weather has been great.
I did meet a Policija on the way through Podgorica
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:30 AM   #68
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Stunning photo. Especially if you could edit out the bushes at the bottom?



I was in Croatia 2 months ago; superb country for motorcycling, I will return one day.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:31 AM   #69
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Greetings from Dubrovnic
Weather has been great.
I did meet a Policija on the way through Podgorica
Hi Dan!

It seems that weather will stay nice for next few days.

I hope that you are enjoying your trip and that encounter with Policija wasn’t very expensive.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:00 AM   #70
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I was in Croatia 2 months ago; superb country for motorcycling, I will return one day.
I read your RR, nice ride , it is always interesting to see Croatia trough eyes of stranger.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:27 AM   #71
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After the peak of riding season I find it myself amusing just to mingle around the Croatia, especiall given that tourists are gone and the roads are prevailingly empty. The other day I finished my trip after ferry from (Ancona) to Split and then took a coastal road from Split to Crikvenica- great ride!
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:32 AM   #72
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End of October was unusually warm and sunny in Croatia, so Linza and I decided to visit Tino, Linza’s best man who is living in Neretva delta. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neretva

It is around 500 km ride from capitol Zagreb to the south of Croatia.





First stop was in Plitvicka Jezera NP, we had to put our raingear on and have a breakfast.





Soon the road dried, next stop was Knin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knin









We reached coast near Split and enjoyed fantastic weather.







Late afternoon we arrived in our destination, Tino lives near the Norin River, tributary to Neretva. It was time for the boat trip. Boat is traditional “ladja” as we called it in Croatia. It is very old and neatly restored. Tino has another one ready for restoring.














After the trip it was time for dinner.









We started early next day. Whole area has very mild climate and lot of water, so it is well known for fruit production.
















We decided to cross into Bosnia near Livno. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livno
After few kilometers in Bosnia Linza’s clutch cable snapped. We got help from local MC Wolves members, Lija and Marinko, so we were able to continue. We lost some time, so night caught us near Bihac in Bosnia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bihac
















We reached Zagreb without problems. It was really nice trip with unbelievably nice weather for the last weekend in October.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:32 PM   #73
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Great country you guys have to ride in. I'll put Croatia on my long list of wannados. Pics are great - looks like great DS'ing area. Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:13 PM   #74
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damir, beautiful country you have. I am 2nd generation croat and have always dreamed to go "home". when i get there, ill be sure to look you up, i bet you're an awesome tour guide. last name was Gjurnovic until my parents got fed up with misspellings and improper pronunciation. now it's Novic.
thanks for the amazing photos.
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Old 11-15-2008, 01:02 AM   #75
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damir, beautiful country you have. I am 2nd generation croat and have always dreamed to go "home". when i get there, ill be sure to look you up, i bet you're an awesome tour guide. last name was Gjurnovic until my parents got fed up with misspellings and improper pronunciation. now it's Novic.
thanks for the amazing photos.
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Thanks,
No problem, just contact me when you decide to come here.
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