Friday, September 05, 2008

Day 345 Mali Lošinj to Cres

Time: 3:49
Distance: 53.9 km
Avg Speed: 14.1 kph
Terrain: hilly
Location: N 44˚ 57’ 43.2”, 14˚ 23’ 44.3”

We had planned on a shorter day today so we lazed around this morning and got on the road around 9:00. The skies were overcast and we had a tailwind so we were content with getting on down the road. We arrived at our intended camp an hour later and over a macchiato (the new drink of choice) we decided that with the tailwind and the cooler weather we would be crazy not to go on to the city and island of Cres. The islands of Lošinj and Cres are connected by a short bridge so no boats were in the works today. Once on Cres we had to climb up onto the central range that runs down the middle of the island. We climbed up to an elevation of 260 meters and rolled along up high for the rest of the day. One unique feature of Cres is that it has a rather large lake trapped in its central valley. We took lunch well above it and couldn’t decide if it was a salt lake or not. It looks to be land locked with no inlet or outlet. I would imagine that it receives water from the drainage of surrounding hills. We didn’t know if water seeped in from the sea or not. The descent to the lake was possible, but facing a big climb on loose rocky roads back out, we decided not to attempt it. It was less tiring to just speculate. We had a switch back filled descent down into the harbor town of Cres and had a good time exploring the narrow streets and alleys before winding to our campground. We enjoyed a nice cool down swim in the sea before dinner. We took turns swimming and surfing the internet on the campground wifi. Our campground isn’t nearly as free as yesterdays, but it does feature a FKK campground and beach. They do a better job of keeping the skin separated from the banana hammocks. I guess it is more family friendly that way.
We head a little further north tomorrow to catch the ferry to the Istria Peninsula. There we will be back on the mainland and away from this rough island life we have been able to enjoy.

1 comment:

JennSean said...

Yes, it sounds horribly rough. I am so sorry for both of you.

Here is to cooling temps and beginning of fall in the rockies.