Epic European Cycle : 2015-09-22 : To Rovinj

Type Name Description Service Provider Cost Kms To Date Total Notes Actions
Cycle Pula to Rovinj $0.00 0.00 0.00 Day 71: 51km: Total 3017km
Type Name Service Provider Confirmation Location Cost Notes Actions
Pension Mate & Mira Apartman Booking.com Rovinj $300.00 4 nights
Great property. Very spacious and comfortable. Washing machine in the suite. Welcome drink was very nice. Staff very nice and welcoming. Everything was good.
It's a little distance from center of town.

Trip Log

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Last night, Brent and I sketched out a detailed plan for the remainder of our trip, which involved spending a couple more weeks cycling the Istrian coast - north, and then returning south to Pula, where we would de-gear (I'll give Dewey away, we'll ship camping gear home, and The Tank's fate is still TBA). We would then fly from Pula to Dubrovnik, visit Sarajevo, Plitvice Lakes, fly to Venice and take a train across Europe before returning home.

Today, we made some discoveries that has changed things a bit.

We discovered that our Istria map is quite inaccurate. The side-roads which are marked as major/paved roads, aren't. They may not be paved, and in some cases, they may not even exist. Our map shows a great side road following the coast north of Pula, through Fazana, Peroj, up to Barbariga and up to Mongrego. We happily followed it through Fazana and Peroj and to Barbariga, where the road suddenly just ended. We went through a section that looked like it might have been a border crossing back in some old days, the road turned to gravel, went to the shore and then stopped. We had a conversation with a local who confirmed that we were on the road we thought we were on, but it did not go through anymore to Mongrego, if it ever did. We turned back and climbed to Betiga expecting to find proper roads there that were drawn on our map only to find ourselves on another sketchy gravel road until we finally reached the end of the middle of nowhere. Through studying our multiple maps and using his awesome Brent senses, Brent found our way back out of the end of the middle of nowhere and to the highway that we knew for sure would take us to Rovinj.

Then we discovered that the secondary highway is really no fun to cycle. There is heavy, fast traffic going zoomzoomzoomzoom past continuously on the narrow road with no shoulders.

We're talking, now, about heading east across Istria, then re-tracing our steps along the south Istrian coast back to Rijeka... maybe doing some island hopping that we thought we'd miss out on, and then pick up the plan with Dubrovnik. We'll see!
I LOVE the apartmani in Croatia. They're, I guess, like German pensions. They're like a complete apartment... sometimes including a washing machine... often including a balcony or terrace... they're completely awesome, and often no more expensive than staying in one of the campgrounds here (which are hideously expensive, for campgrounds).