EACL offers another opportunity to visit Croatia, but Ana’s request for a bike tour around the islands seals the deal… The funny thing is, we don’t even do a whole lot of biking on this trip :’)
Gear: Rodriguez Rainier, a single rear Ortlieb pannier (credit carding all the way).
The first week of May is EACL, held in Dubrovnik. I’m astounded by the bullet holes that one can still see on all the buildings in old town.
We ferry to Pomena on May 7 to begin our adventure.
May 8, 2023: 11.1 mi, 810 ft
We rent an electric bike for Kyle and explore the Mljet NP. I am plagued by flats, though an earnest/annoying(?) local man helps provide the tool to save me. That evening, we ferry to Korčula while Kyle departs for Split.
Korčula to Vela Luka
May 9, 2023: 33.3 mi, 2625 ft
The route across Korčula traverses rugged coastline, quaint mountain towns, vineyards and farmland.
Hvar + Stari Grad
May 10, 2023: 24.2 mi, 3002 ft
Due to an impending storm, we alter our plans to skip Brač and head directly back to Split after a visit to Hvar. Our bike touring ends with this short ride: one hill two ways.
May 12, 2023: 13.5 mi, 1299 ft
Though the biking is over, the exploration is not. Papa M brings us back to Omiš and I enjoy some hilly runs in the rain.
Fortica revisited (Omiš)
May 13, 2023
And every visit to Omiš must be accompanied by a hike up to Fortica, followed by the best homecooked meal.