Seget Donji, Croatia: Every day this Tour de Folly reliably presents a fresh challenge. Today’s challenge came early in my day, when my air pump broke as I was trying to add some extra pressure to my back tire. Considering the streak of flats I’ve experienced this week, this wasn’t good news, and a pump is one of the few items in my kit for which I have no redundancy.
This development put a new focus on today’s ride. After fruitlessly searching for a bike shop in several towns, as luck would have it I found a gem of a little bike shop in the unassuming small town of Vodice. My instinct was to skip the town altogether, but I pulled over to a fruit and vegetable stall and asked if there’s a bike shop in the vicinity. A helpful lady suggested I ride down a nearby residential street. I was skeptical, but took her advice and headed into the neighborhood. At the end of the street, in the most unlikely of places, was a real, well-stocked bike store, under the owner’s house, and with a garden in front. Bicikile Frzop is the first bike store I have seen for hundreds of kilometers. I felt like a kid in a candy store, and picked up some other spare things and made some minor adjustments to my bike.
With a new air pump in hand, I rode more confidently and easily through the Dalmatia region of Croatia’s coast. The mountains have tapered to hills, and the rocks have given way to some fertile vegetation – especially olive trees and grape vines – while I continued on Route 8 along more of the Adriatic’s turquoise-tinged waters.
Here’s a link to this wonderfully helpful bicycle shop. They’re good people. Pay them a visit.
Day 57: Biograd na Moru – Seget Donji, Croatia
Distance: 112.98 kilometers
Ascent: 534 meters
Terrain: Hilly, along the coast
Weather: sunny skies but 35 degrees centigrade HOT. Worked hard today to stay hydrated.
TransEuropa 2011 Trip Summary:
Distance: 4,187.25 kilometers
Ascent: 29,729 meters
Countries: 10: Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
Incidents: 4: flat tires on Days 45, 53 and 56; police reprimand on Day 2