8 August 2017
lay-over in Frankfurt
7 August 2017
wait! luke needs one more croatian coffee!
airport...time to go home
view from the hotel
christmas card shot?
final evening in croatia
waiting for croatian pizza
once last swim in the Adriatic
a parting gift from Ben & Liz - tennis ball gum!
stairs leading to the Jesuits...
learned no about red corral
tour of a very crowded Dubrovnik
6 August 2017
yummy last dinner with BR
Back on the mainland, checking out Dubrovnik...final dinner with Backroads!
the town of Korcula! beautiful!
nearing the end of the ride, something to smile about 😊
in our back roads Ts
enjoying our final ride of the trip
getting pumped for the ride
packing last snacks of the trip...all out of gummy bears!
Day 5, our last route wrap, Liz showcases the hills on her chalkboard!
5 August 2017
special treat - traditional Croatian music, "Klappa."
maya - "this is the family that should have been..."
we are welcomed to dinner at Tony's by his son, a quick Grappa before we sit down to dinner
our fearless leaders, Ben & Liz!
a shot of the kids before heading to dinner...Croatian Independence Day!
return to the hotel to find "drink-as for the trinkas"
an afternoon of kayaking
cooling off after a fun but super hot ride!
more beautiful views!
today a lift up the first set of hills is a good idea...
saying goodbye to our captain of the boat Bojidar
back on the boat headed to 3rd island of Korcula
early morning walk with Luke - in the public square, largest public square in the Dalmatian Islands
4 August 2017
back in town of Hvar for the evening
with our hostess, Darinka
after a long, hit ride we arrive at the home of Vinko and Darinka Lupo - who made us lunch from the bounty of their garden
enjoying some time out of the saddle!
yummy affagato (expresso poured over vanilla gelato)
arrived in Jeslo for a midday gelato!
village of bridges on our way to town of Jeslo
olive groves on the island of Hvar
lavender fields and olive groves!
riding amidst grape orchards
4 August 2017
Bub getting ready to hit the road again
lavanda cures all we are told...
an expresso first, lavender shopping next
another beautiful village nestled in the hills of hvar
riding with Liz on our way to see the Lavanda lady!
amazing vistas (and a chance to breathe after a long climb!)
getting pumped for the ride
Day 3 - snack pack before our trek across the island of Hvar
3 August 2017
delicious! "eat with your eyes first!"
very special dinner at the restaurant Lambik (a backroads discovery...). "Enjoy with appetite!"
pulling into busy port at hopping Hvar
more jumping! way to go liz!
fighting over the popsicle raft
woo hoo - there goes mark jumping off the boat into the clear blue Adriatic Sea!
getting ready for dinghy ride to the boat
walking to meet the boat
in Bol (a beautiful seaside town) after a long long mostly downhill (but a couple nasty uphills) ride. boarding the boat for an afternoon ride, swim and lunch on board!
more photos at the top of Vidova Gora
Yay! Ben's clearly got this move down...
liz greets luke & ben at the top!
we made it! after our shortened ride (did the steep winding hills in the van) 👍
back on the road...only luke will bike the whole way (with ben) to the summit -Vida Gora, the highest point in the Adriatic
Pouring us olive oil from cold, dark,damp stone storage container
back on the island of Brac riding through little village of Skrip...stopping in on Luca, the olive oil matriarch
oldest village on the island - famous homemade, handmade olive oil! incredible!
Morning "route wrap" with Ben...getting psyched for the most difficult ride of the trip 😬
2 August 2017
view from our 2nd hotel - in seaside town of Omis, Hotel Plaza. Swim, dinner and sleep here. Tess & Maya lose bike shorts to hotel room balcony below..."noice"!
motor boat ride back to mainland where we'll spend the night
A tour of the only high school in Croatia that teaches limestone cutting, formation & polishing. So cool!
Bub, Maya and me - we opted for Gear 31 (the van ride) ... here they are in Pucisca, capital of Croatian limestone.
After riding through olive groves, seeing fig trees, kiwi trees and grape vines we stopped for an amazing lunch in the ethno eco village of Dol! Konoba Toni restaurant-YUM!
pit stop - load up on snacks and more h2o!
Out of the box UPHILL!
On board the boat to the island of Brac for our first ride of the trip...
Beautiful Split, on the Adriatic Sea...
1 August 2017
Woo- hoo arrival in Croatia! It's hot!
hanging out it Arlanda airport waiting for flight to Split
arriving in Stockholm for layover
heading to o'hare, first leg of our journey!