Setting off in the morning from our lovely old stone hotel the La Parenzana near the town of Buje, Croatia
Our first day of biking in Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula was a success.
Finding the next part of the route.
The weather prediction was for thunderstorms, heavy rain and lightning all day. Peter the man who delivered our bikes, maps and touring information on Tuesday night said he wouldn’t advise going out in such weather. But when we woke up in the morning it looked like the thunderstorms would hold off till the early afternoon, so we decided to get out there and try to bike our 50 or so kilometres before it poured. We were so lucky! The rain kind of skirted around us and we only pedalled through one short shower.
Although we are biking with the same company who organized our bike trip in Germany two years ago this trip is quite different. 90% of our Germany cycling trip was on designated bike paths. 90% of this one is not! Although most of the route is on secondary roads there are sections on major highways as well. That is proving a bit scary for me. Also, our trip in Germany was mostly on flat roads but not in Croatia. Even though our path today was rated the same level of difficulty as our routes in Germany this one was MUCH more challenging because there were so many hills to climb. Although I was slower than the rest of the crew I managed to climb every hill on my bike except one, and that was because my chain came loose.
I did manage to take a photo of this shepherd with his flock
Probably because we were intent on beating the weather there was no stopping at scenic spots to take photos and after our rain shower I left my camera in my pannier so it wouldn’t get wet. Instead, I kept a list in my head of beautiful things I saw and kept repeating them as I drove so I wouldn’t forget them.
Tall blonde feathery stalks of wild grasses blowing in the wind.
The white-capped waves on the Adriatic Sea.
A cemetery jampacked with huge marble gravestones
Stems of beautiful brown-eyed Susans waving in the breeze.
A warm bowl of soup swimming with mushrooms native to the area and a lovely local wine at lunch
Old women in colourful dresses and shawls out for their morning stroll with their canes and walking sticks.
Sturdy stone houses and barns and fences and churches.
A high hedgerow of evergreens squarely trimmed.
The lush rolling fairways of a golf course.
Hardworking women in rubber boots weeding their gardens.
Olive trees growing in soldierly rows
The gnarled stems of grapevines
A house with three floors of balconies all lined with window boxes awash with colourful flowers.
My sister and I at supper after our first full day of biking. We made it and are ready for day two.
It is great to have our first day of biking under our tires. Day two here we come!
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