Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    OMG! You made our day! Love your post made us both laugh. We had great food at that local spot and the Motorrad did not have a tube for Dan's bike, but they sent us a few minutes away and we got the new one. Crap that we did not meet. If we are back in Athens we will let you know for sure!!!Cheers


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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The ride out from here we decided to go the long way to Croatia around the bay and to Dubrovnik in just under 100 km.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 17.11.49 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The exit from Montenegro and into Croatia took minutes and was totally painless. The passports stamped out an then in and our green card is valid in Croatia. We stopped in the picturesque village of Cavtat for a real lunch by the sea.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 17.12.09 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We are celebrating 4 years on the road and our 20 th wedding anniversary. Here we met Yvonne and Mike from New Zealand, who were sitting at the next table and we ran into then again later in Dubrovnik. We hope to see them again on the North island in 2018!!

    [​IMG]Croatia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The walled city has no vehicle traffic and is very expensive. We stayed about 4 km away and its still pricey, but 20th and all! The hotel is on the direct bus line to the old city.

    “Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (aka Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.” It is also now famous for its many Game of Thrones filming locations.

    We bused it into the city late in the day to avoid the heat and then spent several hours walking the old city walls which have a birds eye view of the old city and the sea shore. We got some dinner from a deli and sat on the church steps to enjoy an open air concert.

    [​IMG]Croatia-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Croatia-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Croatia-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  4. BELSTAFF

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    Congratulations on big twenty, you two, along w/ Lisa & Simon Thomas are helping me convince others that marriage & motorbikes are the right combination.
    Anyways here's hoping you celebrate 30 more, #50 for us was last year & I don't understand why people don't "get it"----
    Its a job, you work at it, with the exception you do so w/love, w/understanding, w/care & w/your partner first above all else.
    Happy 20th Anniversary Sara & Dan have many more.

    I'm also thrilled that you got into Croatia WITHOUT the threat of sniper fire (a little satire) 4u
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  5. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    Twenty is a big deal. Congratulations and thank you again for taking us along on your ride.:D:clap:clap:D
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes full time job for sure. i think 2 bikes is the key. You have your own space and luggage room for a few luxury items to make life a little softer. Thanks for the nice comment. S&D
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Epic in so many ways.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much SavvanahCapt and Goodcat!!!
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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The plan for today is a short 170 km to Mostar Bosnia, but we planned to go via Trabinje and have a stop in the ancient city of Pocitelji.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 17.23.27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The ride starts out with a small back track up the highway to the turn off for the Bosnian border. Just before there is a great look out point and here we ran into fellow Canadian Brian Kennedy from Ontario. He started his round the world adventure in may 2016!! You can check out his blog at Ride4-Adventure



    [​IMG]Croatia-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Croatia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dubrovnik by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Exit from Croatia they stamp the passport and want to see the bike papers. The official in their air-conditioned booth with its mirrored glass and a small pass thru for your papers are confused with our Canadian passport and our Colombian plates! It takes a few minutes to explain that British Columbia in not IN Colombia.


    [​IMG]Mostar CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    That done you ride a few km to the Bosnian border “shack” on the side of the road. Here there are at least 6 border officials in a tiny one room building. They however are very friendly and explain that we have “ a problem”, which is a poor way to say what we already know out green card is not valid here are we need to buy insurance. The salesman for it is the guy standing right there and he speaks English perfectly. The minimum is 7 days and that is 30 euros each ouch, but it is what it is. They kindly let me stand in the air conditioned office and offers me snacks! It is 29 degrees already at 1030 am.

    [​IMG]Mostar CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Trabinje you ride east and then north along the base of the mountains and then over a small pass towards Mostar.


    [​IMG]Bosnia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    It is now 34 degrees and we are very sweaty. Stopping at Pocitelji we had to get cold drinks and we also bought some fruit from this lovely lady. Unlike most countries here in Bosnia they explained they will take just about any currency they can exchange. In Croatia there are signs everywhere that say “We do not take Euros”. So we paid for our fruit partly in Euros and partly in Croatian Kuna. This village is built on the hill side in a natural amphitheater.

    “During the Middle Ages, Počitelj was considered the administrative centre and centre of governance of Dubrava župa (county), while its westernmost point gave it major strategic importance. It is believed that the fortified town along with its attendant settlements were built by Bosnia's King Stjepan Tvrtko I in 1383. The walled town of Počitelj evolved in the period from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Architecturally, the stone-constructed parts of the town are a fortified complex, in which two stages of evolution are evident: medieval, and Ottoman.“


    [​IMG]Bosnia-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bosnia-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  12. Saralou

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    Now it is 36 degrees and we have just 30 km left to go today. Arriving at the hostel we had a ground floor, shaded, and very cool room to wait out the days heat before exploring the city. It gets to 50 degrees here in summer.

    We were treated like royalty by the hostel owners.

    [​IMG]Mostar CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bosnia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Most of the building here have scars from the war.


    [​IMG]Bosnia-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    “Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.”

    We finally emerged from the air con at 730 pm. It is a short walk to the old city, which is paved with very smooth and very slippery in flip flops round stones. This makes the slopes a series hazard. Across the bridge we found a nice turkish place to have a traditional meal and to celebrate our 20 th wedding anniversary today. After we made our way to the river to get some shots of the famous Mostar bridge. There is a very Turkish feel to the city in general with the markets and the mosques.

    [​IMG]Bosnia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bosnia-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bosnia-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was already 32 degrees when we set out at 930 and headed to the coast to try to cool off in Vodice.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 22.44.42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We made a small 15 km side trip to see the Dervish Tekke house in Blagaj. This is situated on a river that emerges from the mountain or that is how it appears. It is now 34 degrees except right on the river where they have detoured channels of the river thru the restaurants to create a natural air con.

    [​IMG]Croatia-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Leaving the Tekkie house we headed north west and to the Croatian border. The exit from Bosnia was an easy passport stamp and the Croatian crossing is about 20 meters away and was equally fast and easy.


    [​IMG]Vodice CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Vodice CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    From here we made for the 5 km tunnel thru the mountains to cut off about an hour from our route for 1.50$.


    [​IMG]Vodice CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The coast road is scenic, but by the time we made it to Split it was 38 degrees. We turned off to get up into the hills where is was a blissful 32! We stopped at a local place to roast lamb and a huge fresh tomato salad. We did not have that many Kuna. We asked the waiter if they took visa and when he said no only cash, we said ok but we don’t have that much Kuna….He said “No problem"! In the end we had enough for the lunch.


    [​IMG]Vodice CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We then made the last 30 km to our hotel on the water in Vodice.


    [​IMG]Vodice CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had planned to chill out here for a couple of days since we have been pushing hard of late. This is a family orientated beach town full of only Croatian and a few German tourists. It has a nice relaxed atmosphere. The water is crystal clear and about 22 degrees!

    [​IMG]Croatia-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Croatia-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Beograd CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Croatia-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we have a very short 36 km to get to Biograd (Beograd) na Moru where our Austrian friend Michael was to moor his catamaran tonight. We had a lazy slow start and then did a loop up to the Krka National park.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 16.55.42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Beograd CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Beograd CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There are some very cool waterfalls here with calcium formations, but with conversion the park entry is almost 50 Canadian for us and that is too steep. We took a back road into the park th see the lake and the monastery on the island. It was 34 and very humid so we did not take the ferry across either.


    [​IMG]Croatia-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to the Marina at Biograd it is a bit of a gong show as the ferry line up and the hordes of German and Austrian sail boat charter people are all trying to access the same area. Luckily when we drove up Michael had just arrived to look for us. Initial we thought he was one of the many guys who flag you down in these towns to see if you want accommodation! Amazingly we found a parking spot in the charter yacht lot and headed to the boat. We did a bit of a trip to one of the small nearby island for some swimming and then went into the old town for dinner with his charter group. We had our own cabin, which was very nice!

    [​IMG]Croatia-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Today is is a bit cooler and overcast at 30. We are trying to get as far north as we can and planned to go to Pula on the Istrian Peninsula.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 16.56.58 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Leaving Beograd we cut cross country to hit the coast road above Zadar. This is a two lane curvy road along the ocean, but even with a fair amount of traffic we made good time. The north coast of Croatia is much less scenic as the islands are very flat and barren. The water is the same amazing clear blue. The traffic got heavier as we neared Istria and we decided to go for the toll road for the last 100 km to save us an hour and a half in the heat.


    [​IMG]Pula CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Pula CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Pula is famous for the almost intact Roman amphitheatre. The heat is still on us today and we stayed inside until after 6 pm when it did cool off a bit. We did a bit of a tour of the old town, but it is full of tourist shops and “tourist” food restaurants.

    “The Pula Arena is the name of the amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. A rare example among the 200 Roman surviving amphitheatres, it is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia.”

    [​IMG]Pula by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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