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Thread: Round 2: Another European Sortie

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    A day orf in Dubrovnik

    Secure Parking, Dubrovnik Style..



    Inviting Beach Coves..



    The place is adorned with 'Hed Kandi' artwork album cover style crumpet, it's all very distracting. Since I don't want to get arrested for any Chuck Berry style offences you'll best make do with this..*



    *Of course, keen eyed report observers will note I've already snapped a recent photo of a genteleman's bottom. So in the interests of fairness I'll try to square things up for you when I can, and most likely at some point when I can get the camera sound to stop on the mobile phone.

    A cappuccino in the Roxy Bar, which has an interesting soundtrack, veering all over the place; Jethro Tull, some fascinating Status Quo crossed accordion fusion outfit; a reggae version of Boney M's 'Brown Girl in the Ring'.

    I'm joined by a fellow '09 GSA owner. One of those jolly fast red ones. Perfect taste. It's done roughly the same mileage as mine and he likes it a lot.



    Brother has brought some jolly holiday reading material, a little light Julian Barnes and his meditations on death. Way to get in that holiday mood eh..



    A little bit of Cricket on the old laptop..



    Afternoon on the beach, a couple of hours in the sea.



    Fish restaurant tonight, me thinks..

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    You very lucky sod
    Not sure it can get much better than that
    Enjoy
    But not to much more
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    Dubrovnik to Split

    Last night was spent wandering around the old town, having a bit of dinner, and sampling several fine Croatian wines at a place called 'D'Vino'. Croatia has some excellent wines and a splendid evening had following some very knowledgeable recommendations.

    Quaffing a cheeky little red number..



    One last evening on Dubrovnik's spectacular rocky coast..



    A walk home last night and found a lot of padlocks attached to the fencing at the cliff tops; security love tokens pledging endless love for the likes of 'Ivan and Doris'..



    I couldn't let a visit to Dubrovnik slide without the advertisements for the Topless DJ, Rapira, whom we didn't get a chance to look in on.. shame..



    Today we ride up to Split. I couldn't say I was particularly forward to it- it is blisteringly hot. And to add to my discomfort woes, I spent a good deal of time wandering in my swimming shorts yesterday, and they were a little less comfortable than ideal- challenges with the mesh lining that has resulted in substantial chafing in the widget area

    Anyhow, finally get the bike loaded up and off. As well as all of my gear, it now has Nick's small Samsonite Roll along suitcase lashed atop the top box. We look ridiculously loaded up. I'll get a picture up when I can get one.
    Despite all of the weight and paraphernalia it's a decent ride; a fair amount of traffic but a fine stuff and again tribute to the Wilbers ESA which keeps things nice and composed.
    A milkshake in Makarska and mid-afternoon, and an hour or so later we've reached Split.
    My brother, in charge of accommodation has booked the Hotel Spinut, which turns out to be the Hostel Spinut. Still, it's clean, cheap and cheerful.

    Off for a walk to the old town. Me walking like John Wayne though.

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    blessed relief for us stuck in the humdrum of work , home work, home
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    excellant,keep it up
    mummy mummy is dad dead?
    no son hes out riding that bloody bike

    whats that you say?
    I've no idea as I've been out riding my bike..

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    Ta folks

    Split to Hvar

    Last night involved a walk into the old town of Split, about a 15 minute yomp in to town, passing through the outskirts of the city.
    Gents arguing over a game of bowls looking remarkably similar to our very own David Bryant game.. More bowls than boules.



    Particularly Impressive with a bustling promenade and a view of the Roman Diocletian's palace around which Split surrounds.



    Square out to the harbour front..



    A few Pivo and some street food, well sort of, courtesy of 'Big Macho Burger'



    I don't know how to term people from Split. Is it Splitters? No idea. Anyway the folk here have an impressive love of the local football team, Hajduk, and you cannot travel a few miles for badges, logos, impressively decorated bus shelters.. running all the way down the coast to Dubrovnik and beyond.
    I do believe there's a historic symbolism between Croatia and the club itself, I'll have to read more about it.

    A logo'd garage..



    They also do Rugby evidently. Never knew that. I'll check that out..



    No anything here..



    The following morning I'm up early and bike loaded with all the gear. It's already impossibly hot at 9am, still it's not exactly hassle.

    A short ride to the port to rendezvous with an 11am ferry, briefly stopping for a fill up at an INA station where a cheery old boy is all smiles.

    The ride into Split port is busy and we hit traffic. Tootling round with passenger and serious luggage demands effort and planning and 'very difficult' is a terrific understatement. Wobble, stop, start, foot down to that hot climate icy sort of concrete, wobble, start, wobble, repeat. Still, we manage OK all considered and descend into the port.

    People are stopping, pointing, taking photos and giggling at the unfeasably loaded GS. A Chicago American stops by. 'How do you manage with the weight?' he asks. 'Me or the bike?' I reply. We have a laugh and a quick chat.

    Fairly loaded up..



    The port is chaos but we're let in after a few enquiries to a loading point behind a barrier and safely away from the melee. The traffic builds to a sort of gridlock, with the incoming ferry now unloading. There's much tooting, waving of hands etc until a local Policija aboard an RT arrives to sort it all out.



    Two tickets for the two hour crossing to Stari Grad are procured, plus one for the bike all for just under twenty quid. Soon enough we're on, being directed to a place by a Jadrolinija Jimmy Saville-a-like, to which we get to and I moor up the bike and have it more or less leaning on a bulkhead, which I feel is a wise move given its current snail like profile. Another Jadrolinija official appears and tells us 'not there' and casting a drinky drinky motion towards said Saville clearly implying that he's been at the gargle. It turns out I've parked the bike facing the wrong way, as originally instructed. It’s favourable to be how we're set now, so I politely ignore the fella figuring turning the bike around will be a damned sight easier than trying to pick it up.

    Off at the island, GS safely extracted amidst predictable chaos. A short run across to the tiny coastal village of Milna and we're safely nestled into the apartment.

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    The Island of Hvar

    Well, it's time for a break for a few days. Hvar is a very pretty place.



    The island is a rocky affair, with pretty coves and the splendid harbour town of Hvar itself. We're based some 5km or so outside the town and it's a short spin in on the GS for a bit of essentials shopping.

    After a dip in the sea it is time some lunch. A generous Tuna salad starter..



    .. Steak Carcpaccio..



    .. And some Mixed Moules..



    ..watching the fishermen at work in their tiny boats..



    The sun sets and it is time to head to town. Great hospitality- though the iron at the apartment doesn't work- 'Bring us your things and we'll iron them' they tell us. All so very friendly. We're given a ride into town by the son-in-law of the owner of the apartments (Ure- it's 'George' in English he says) in his Mitsubishi Shogun. I bounce about in the back with Ure's two kids who are shy of this odd looking loud shirted stranger. We talk bikes for a bit: 'You are on a good bike' he says; we briefly discuss the merits of the 1200GS. He has a Aprilia 650 Pegaso which he describes as 'A disaster. Lots of electrical problems'. He continues 'It gets boring in the winter' he says 'so we do a lot of off roading. I do two trips usually, one out, and then I go back to pick up all of the bits of bike that have fallen off' Looking at the landscape of Hvar I can guess his bike gets a good workout.

    Hvar has become more popular for the younger set so I learn- but there's a great mix of all ages and a relaxed vibe. I'm no snob, but I'm too far long in the tooth for 'oggy oggy oggy' destinations and there's no evidence of it here, even though I'm informed it's become very popular and Ure says it's the best season they've ever had.

    A couple of sociable beers and a cheeky short... and relax


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    Well it'll be a few days off now, so I'll write later.

    And don't forget to unplug your set.


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    Sounds good.

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    you certainly have a knack for the writing stuff
    mummy mummy is dad dead?
    no son hes out riding that bloody bike

    whats that you say?
    I've no idea as I've been out riding my bike..

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    Luvly Jubbly

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    yeah were de feck are ye man
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    Quote Originally Posted by chad View Post
    yeah were de feck are ye man
    I think the Jaffa Cakes have got him

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballistic View Post
    I think the Jaffa Cakes have got him
    damn them jaffa cakes
    Dont Bogart that joint my friend, pass it over to me

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