When I return to my tent to sleep I realize that three men from Vienna set up their tent just beside me, although there were at least 50 free sites nearby. I welcome them and tell them that I came here by bicycle. They seem to be interested.
But they keep on non stop talking in front of their tent. One of them has a very loud voice and laughs often. I can't sleep. At 0:30 am I ask them politely to be quieter. They answer I should be glad that they didn't switch on their music. Very considerate!
Breakfast is not available. I pack up my tent and my baggage (the Vienna men are now sleeping) and go on.
At Makarska I find a cafe with free internet and upload the report and the pictures. While I'm doing this another long distance biker arrives (recognizable by the baggage). He is a physician too (radiologist) and already retired. He comes from Berlin and goes to Instanbul. Like me he he has also been on the road for two weeks. He performs free camping (not on campgrounds). This seems to be too dangerous to me.
It is not possible to establish a record on this way today. Permanently it goes up and down, but after every turn there is a new beautiful view.
The weather is excellent, 24°C (77°F) and nearly all the time sunshine. So it is very pleasant to travel by bike.
For 9 km I have to cross Bosnia & Herzegovina. The border officers are kind and let me pass without examination.
I can't get to Dubrovnik today. I want to take a campsite in Slano. There are several signs on the road to different campgrounds, but the sites do not exist. The people I ask send me to different locations, but I don't find any campground.
So I take a room at a restaurant in Slano. They take 25 Euro including breakfast. It is not much more expensive but much more comfortable than a campground.
Dubrovnik is now 30 km away. I'm curious about it.
|Close to my tent the three men from Vienna have set up their tent|
|The coastline in the morning mist|
|This is Heinrich, also a long distance cyclist|
|In Makarska I can upload the report and the pictures|
|The coast ist beautiful|
|Mighty rocks to the left|
|Road construction zones with long gravel passages are pure torture|
|I can't make it to Dubrovnik today|
|The Neretva river is not small!|
|Many fruit stands near the road|
|And what do I buy? Strawberries!|
|There is also a small Neretva river|
|The fertile plain is well-watered|
|9 km through Bosnia & Herzegovina|
|Again many small islands|
|After 144 km for the day a small challenge|
|I think this announcement is somewhat too early|