90 The CURSE of Bishop GRGUR
Trip Start Apr 21, 2013
122Trip End Aug 28, 2013
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19 July 2013
The Curse of Bishop GRGUR NINSKI
Yesterday was the first day that I did not write anything. The day started out well as I had planned to ride to a place called Pag.
Pag is situated on narrow peninsula about 90 km north of Zadar. It would be my last day as it was time to move on. Two days earlier I had ridden in the same direction and you may recall that I had looked at the small ancient island and town of Nin, at which time I had walked across the bridge and entered the town through the old city gate where just down the street is the statue of GRGUR NINSKI
I wrote about this man suggesting that he may be an ancient policeman ready to throw the book at anyone breaking the rules. Just a bit of fun.
I left mid morning and stopped again a Nin for a short break and to take a few pictures of the old bridge and small harbour. I took another picture of the statue of Grgur and stroked his big toe just as the locals do. (for good luck, but for me it was already top late) I have seen this done in many places and the idea is to wish for something or just expect good luck in return.
Anyway the contact with the toe may have done it, I don't know, but when I arrived back at the motorcycle there was a pool of oil under the final drive next to the back wheel. I had hoped that it was a loose drain plug, but wasn’t.
I turn back to Zadar to find out if there was a BMW dealer in town who could supply me with a new oil seal, because that was the required part. I was directed to an Aprilia dealer who contact BMW in Zagreb. The message came through that it would be 4 days before the part would be here
I dropped the bike in at the shop and walked 35 minutes back downhill into Zadar, had a coffee in the town square listening to some performers and decided to not let it get me down but make the most of the circumstance. I am staying right near the water facing a marina with beaches at either side. They may consist of concrete and pebbles but it will have to do. A hundred meters down the road is Alison’s Beach, that will have to be to be the place where I will have to wait. Meanwhile I will also look at some other options to go somewhere, perhaps by bus. I don’t know yet.
So bad news or bad luck or Grgur had something to do with it. Probable has. That shows that one should never make fun of a bishop with a name like Grgur