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Old 12-07-2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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Solo to Croatia end of oct 2010

The original plan was to ride with two friends of mine to Romania in the first 2 weeks of Sept. Unfortunately I had an accident with my KTM in August and tore 2 muscles in my left shoulder, the recovery took me till October, so I could not join my friends on their trip to Romania. When my shoulder was working OK again I took 2 weeks vacation and looked at the weather forecast in Europe. It was shitty everywhere, so I rode south where it should be better the next days.

Day 1:
Getting packed and head south on the main roads.



After 5 hours of riding I reached the slovenian border in the area of the styrian wine street.





In this wine area all rooms are occupied at this time of the year, because it is "Heurigenzeit". This means alot of tourists are coming to the wine farmers and try (buy) their young wine from this year. So I headed across the border and found a very nice pension near Ruse.

The food was good and the bike was in a dry and safe place.

The little brother of my bike was also here
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:48 AM   #2
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Day 2

It started raining very hard during the night. I haded south throuh the "Smolnik" mountains on the small gravel roads.


It was fu..... cold in the mountains (1400m above sea level), and the rain turned to snow. That was scary on the well worn MT90.



After 200km riding on small side and gravel roads, in snow and cold heavy rain I checked in at a small nice family owned hotel in Kocevje. I was frozen, it took 20 min under the hot shower to recover.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:52 AM   #3
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Very nice bike ... would love to own one one day, are you satisfied?
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:03 AM   #4
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Day3

The rain stopped in the night, but it was still very cold. I rode on the small side and gravel roads south to croatia. Somehow I managed to miss the border station .




When I reached the coast the temperature went up to 20°C.

There is a nice old ruin in Bribir and a good photo spot.


The wind was very strong and dangerous because it was not constant. The Croatians call it "Bora": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bora_(wind)
There is one good thing about this wind, your soaking wet clothes are dry within 30 minutes.
In Senj I checked in at the Hotel Martina.

The view and the food are excellent.





The wind was really nasty
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:48 AM   #5
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Day 4

I wanted to see the Plitvicka waterfalls, so I haded east. The more east (and higher into the mountains) I came the colder it got an it started to rain light again.

It was also very foggy

At the main entrance, only one is open at this time of the year, there was a queue of people and it would be a 1,5 hours wait to get in. No way I stand in line for 1,5 hours at 5°C and rain . So I decided to explore the small side road on the west side of the waterfalls. There was also a small ticket counter on the north end of the park.














On the small road are a lot of photo points, you can look down at the people who take the "normal" tourist tour. Up there i was alone and looking down at the people who stood in line



After about 5km the road was covered 10cm high with wet leafs and I got stuck on a slight hill, so it was time to leave. Sorry no pic of that, I was to busy to get the bike turned.


On the way back I passed a pipeline construction side, and still had the slick like MT90 mounted

No way to go there with that tires

but the "normal" road from Licka Jesenica to Otocac is also very nice




Near the coast the weather was getting better and the forests in their autum colors were very nice.




Near the coast are very nice gravel roads, so I had 20km to the hotel in Senj on these roads. Just follow the mountain bike track signs.






The wind was nasty again, not as strong as yesterday but still enough to dry the wet clothes.
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:05 PM   #6
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Great ride, thanks. i went to Croatia 2 years ago and loved it and wished I was on a bike... more to come I hope?
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:09 PM   #7
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Day 5

After the experience yesterday with the worn MT90 I rode to the local tire shop and let them put on the knobibes (MT21) I took with me from Austria. The owner of the hotel was so kind to come with me to the tire shop and translated.


Then I explored the gravel roads around Senj and Alan, because the weather forecast for the mountains was bad again.



This tire works alot better on gravel, so I took not alot of photos
But it was time for my typical afternoon menu.


These guys haven't seen a 990 before (or heard the Akra sound)

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Old 12-07-2010, 12:13 PM   #8
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Croatia is very nice... I was there back in the 8O's with my Citroën 2cv (that was my adventure vehicle in those days )

I would prefer to go in the summer though. I never liked rain and cold, and now that I'm living in Brazil, that got worse...

If you ever make it this side of the Atlantic, let me know...

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Old 12-07-2010, 12:50 PM   #9
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Day 6

I paked my stuff and headed south through the Sjeverni Velebit National park.



At some shady spots the road was icy .


But at the sunny spots it was nice and warm. The landscape is amazing.


Time for a break. The small restaurants and bars outside of the towns are very nice, there are always retired people in who worked in Germany or Austria and speak german really good. I had a lot of good conversations with them, they always asked about the bike, like KTM how many cc and hp? When I told them they looked quite supised



After the break I continued to Gospic and Sveti Rok on the main road. At Sveti Rok I made a right toward the Mali Alan pass road















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It was time to search for a hotel, so I rode to Novigrad. There was a hotel sign and I went trough the village to the very end, there was a nice hotel operated by a Norwegian.
View from my room balcony


Fisherman at work


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Old 12-07-2010, 12:57 PM   #10
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Day 7

Had good breakfast on the balcony

With a full stomach I hit some gravel roads and dirt tracks toward Roski Slap.







Roski Slap is a very nice valley with a artificial lake and a very cury paved road around it




Time for a break

Then I continued my ride to Split on small side roads.

I came trough some villages which have been destroyed during the war, very sad thing


With this sign everywhere in this area, so it is impossible to do some good offroad stuff.

So I continued on small paved side roads.





But there are also some good dirt tracks






Near split I left the side roads and rode the Malacka pass to Split.




View to split from the pass summit.


Pass summit

At Split I checked in for the weekend

I went out and explored the city.
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Day 8

Had good breakfast in the Hotel and rode to the Croatian Bosnian border. There is also a artificial lake called "Perucko Jezero". At Obrovac Sinjski I took the small side road up to the mountains, direction NE.



At a small village in the mountains the road ended, I asked a local if there is a way on this plateau to Dabar. He told me to go down to the valley on the asphalt road, I asked if there is a gravel road too. He told me to ride back 1km and make a right.




After about 20km, I hit a asphalt road again and rode down to Dabar. I followed the road around the lake for 2km, then I saw this



I continued on the road around the lake direction north.







Then the road surface was asphalt again and I stopped for some pics for the lonely highway thread.



At the north end of the lake there is a nice looking gravel road going further north.


It was time to ride back to the hotel, so I rode south on the west side of the lake and stopped at the damn.






On my way to Split I hit some more gravel roads.


Time to have a look around the bike. A bit dirty but everything OK.



Gravel road ends, but at a very nice spot.




Then I rode back to the hotel and went out.
Very good pubs there
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Day 9

I went out a little bit too long yesterday, so no riding today. Instead I walked around in the old town.






Found a nice burger place


and continued sight seeing







Then I saw the bike of a moto traveler, but he was not around


Nice heated grips

Nobody on the beach at this weather conditions





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Day 10

My original plan was to ride back home via Bosnia, but the weather forecast for the mountain area was very bad, snow down to 600m. So I decided to ride to the island of Peg on the small side roads.





There was a nice scenic spot at Standarac





Continued my ride to Peg.


Bombed village again


Island Peg



Found a nice pension with a good view from my room

Strange looking cat
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Day 11

The predicted storm was very strong, it was not possible to ride, the ferry was not operating and the bridge was closed, so I spent the day in the local restaurants and pubs.
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Day 12

The storm was over, but the wind was still very strong, so the ferry to Prizna was also not operating today. I had to go back south and take the bridge.

That brougt me to the bay of Novigrad again. The mountains were covered with snow.

Due to the strong wind the coast road and highway were closed, all the traffic was detoured around the bay of Novigrad, that means traffic jam. Good thing I have a KTM, so I rode on the side roads.


That brought me to a very scenic point.




Continued on side roads around the bay







With no way to ride along the coast and the cold temperature in the mountains I rode the main road to Slovenia .


Croatian - Slovenian Border, this time I found the station


Close to the border I took a hotel room on the slovenian side, the food was excellent, the room was heated and the water under the shower was warm.

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