Cycling from Nikšič to Dubrovnik
15.07.2009 - 15.07.2009 32 °C
6th Day :15.7.2009
I asked last night the local cyclist which road to Dubrovnik he recomends and he told me, that I should go trough national park Trebinje. He also told me, that I first have to climb cca 25 km uphill but after this a big reward is waiting - more than 40 km downhill. This sounded fair enough to me so I started with cycling emediately after breakfast. It was extremly hot - arround 32 degrees. Road soon started to climb and on my left I was able to see beautyfull lake Krupac. After this hard working uphill for about 2 hours. On top I was hungry again, so I grab portion of national food called "Čevapčiči". It is similar to meet balls, but it is grilled and they eat it with special bred called "Lepinja", onion and souce called "Ajvar" (made from paprika , tomato and spices). Soon I reached the Montenegro/Bosnia border. After border I had more than 30 km downhill road. I wasnt complaining, because my knee really hurt by that time and I needed a little rest.At the bottom I noticed nice small kamp near river where I stopped for a swimm. Swimm in the river was more than refreshing. after swimming I had a chance to see how fisher man just brought back extreme big carp fish. He told me, that it weights at least 20 kg and that he caught it few kilometers up the river. After smoking a cigarette with local campers I decided to continue till coast - Dubrovnik. Road was mostly straight and didnt took me more than 2 hours till the Bosnian/Croatian border pass Ivanica near Dubrovnik. After big downhill I was sure, that I am on finish but I was wrong. I still had to climb another 4 km up on huge hill. I hardly managed to climb the hill to be able to bike downhill into the town.
First I wanted to sleep in hostel. After I have found the hostel they told me, that it is full for next few days. They also told me, that hotel rooms cost arround 100,00 eur in this area, so I decided to ask for directions to avtocamp. After whole day of cycling I rewarded my self with cold beer in first pub on the way.I still had some Croatian currency on me from my last trip to Croatia and this was exactly 20 KUN - enough for 1 beer! I had maybe 5 more kilometers to kamp which I managed without any problem. No metter, that I had new tent, I managed to assemble it after some time. After dinner I was again so tired, that I went to sleep emediately.
I was on the bike 6 hours and made 103 km. My avarage speed was 17,32 km/h.