After a good breakfast I carry bicycle and baggage down from the first floor and start with sunshine after applying sunscreen.
To the Croatian border it goes a few km uphill, they check me as well at the exit from Slovenia as at the entry to Croatia. I change money at the border.
After a short time it begins to rain again,a little at first, then more. I cross Rijeka in heavy rain. After 2 km I have to turn back because bicycles are suddenly not permitted on the road. Short after Rijeka I decide to get a cappuccino and warm up a bit. Mainly I want to get out of the rain. A small restaurant by the way invites me to stay.
While I'm drinking my coffee it stops raining and the sun comes out. Unfortunately only for the next 15 km, then the rain starts again, but heavier then before. At Krkvenica my shoes are filled with water, and in front of me the sky has not become lighter but darker. I escape into a restaurant at Novi Vondolski. I'm served by a seaman who helps his brother in law with the restaurant und who speaks english. We talk for a long time.
Eventually the rain decreases and I go on. At Senj I have a short break at the harbour. While going on I often see interesting combinations of light, clouds, sea and islands.
Every few hundred meters rooms are offered. But I want to complete 150 km today and continue. I have to go through a tunnel. This is dangerous. There is no light in the tunnel. If you enter it you see nothing even if you turn on your lights. But mainly I fear that the car drivers don't see me. It is really weird. But the only car that passes me in the tunnel keeps a sufficient distance to me.
When I complete the 150 km it gets dark. For long there is no campground (next in 70 km) and suddenly no more offers of rooms.
I have to drive with the lights switched on and consider to set up my tent beside the road, but the area is completely unsuitable for that. Moreover it seems to be too dangerous to me.
So I go on. Of course it is very hilly, and of course it starts raining again.
But finally I arrive at Karlobag and find a restaurant that also has rooms to rent. They have something to eat and also internet access.
Today I'm rather tired but I’m doing ok. I guess I'll sleep very well.
And yes - I think that I have made half of the way today.
|I have to carry baggage and bike separately down from the first floor|
|Clouds on the same level|
|The Croatian border|
|Welcome to Croatia|
|The soccer stadium in Rijeka|
|The road curves around this bay|
|In the background the bridge to Krk Island can be seen|
|It is pouring|
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|The next rain shower is imminent|
|Short break in Senj|
|Interesting contrast formed by light, clouds, sea and islands|
|Iris flowers are blooming in large numbers beside the road|
|A bridge of light between the islands|
|The dangerous tunnel|
|For this road a lot of rocks had to be blown up|
|The meaning of this building is not completely clear to me|
|At least now the sun can be seen once again|