CROATIA HORVATSKO CYCLING
Trip Start Sep 16, 2006
69Trip End Sep 16, 2007
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
we crossed from the north west across the north towards the romanian boarder and into serbia.
awesome and great small roads, traffic was okay and predictable depending on the road, secondary roads are the best, the primary have truck/bus traffic and no shoulder and bad or no sidewalks. the small secondary roads are not well marked for towns so it's important to keep mental track of your kms and use a compass, things you forget about sometimes after being invited for a few glasses of wine!
people are super friendly, it's customary to show a new person in town a good time and hospitality
we had a exposee incounter with a pig breeder/wedding fiddle player.
had breakfast with a priest who served us wine made by the bishop. he had a lot of travel stories of his own, smoked and drank, new everyone in town and the next few villages.
some great camp spots including a gazebo near the sighting of the 'virgin mary mother of our lord'. in the morning we took a closer look at the shrines set on the playground where she was spotted. it was quite a shrine and the landscape crew was dusting it off after a long winter, weed wackers, brush burning, trash burning, basically a lot of ash in the air and a lot of grass flying around.
in osijek we wanted to get a cheap hotel so we could see town, no such luck all the cheap hotels are many km out of town and the traffic was nutty getting in so we didn't want to go back. luck would have it... we ran into vanya, she wanted to have us at her apartment, and we spent the night talking and had a great time. later in the morning we heard her story of living in a seiged city during the war with serbia. osijek and the surrounding boirder villages were destroyed by the war
after leaving osijek, we rode through a protected marshland area. we could see the bird sanctuary -a wild marsh park. more birds with long legs than you could count! croatia is beautiful and the people really open and great.