May 5 – Twelve miles planned for today and rain in the forecast. We had our coffee and toast with ham and cheese breakfast at the hostal, and were on the road by 7:15. We climbed a mighty big hill as the sun came up.
At the top of the hill was a shady wooded walk. We haven’t had too many of those in Spain. Very nice.
Then the rain started, first just a drizzle, then it poured down.
Mist on the hills:
The sky cleared by noon, then got breathtakingly beautiful.
While we were admiring the clouds, we missed the turnoff to Riolobos. We are so used to following yellow arrows that we didn’t realize this road would not be marked. We saw the town get closer, then get farther away! By the time we were sure we had made a mistake, we’d walked an extra two miles, then had to reverse course and retrace our steps to the turnoff.
16 miles walked today. An extra four miles, and I don’t get to subtract them from my total. Drat. And now my feet are sore.
407 miles to go.
11/16 – well, there are things you can do, and things you can’t do, and it looks like traveling overland through Bosnia is one of the things we are just not going to do. Not impossible, but our options were limited and sounded unpleasant, so we opted to go back the way we came.
We got on the bus at Medjugorje for the four hour ride south to Split. Boarding with us was a man from Italy, who had filled up his entire rolling suitcase with big, dinner plate sized rocks taken from Apparition Hill, and had filled several plastic shopping bags with his displaced clothing. The bus driver told him the charge for stowing luggage was 8 kuna per bag, so he proceeded to unload the rocks one by one into the storage compartment, grunting with exertion, with the argument that if the rocks weren’t in a bag, he shouldn’t get charged! He went on to explain that he was bringing the rocks home as an inspiration to his poor, aged mother…. I think the driver gave up and let him stow the rocks. I would normally look aghast at someone helping themselves to parts of a shrine, but that hill won’t miss a few big rocks!
Unlike our ride north earlier in the week, the sun was shining and the clouds were awesome. Don’t you agree? These pix taken through the window of the moving bus:
So now we are back in our comfy apartment, and our lovely host Pera has left us more oranges and candies. It’s nice to be back home, if only for a day! Tomorrow, we take the train back to Zagreb.
8/12 – just a quick note to let you know that it was 56 degrees here this morning, with a wind-chill factor! We left the hotel for our morning walk, turned around and went back for our long pants and fleece jackets. Brrr!
Even so, it was a lovely day for exploring the Leeve Trail. The clouds were phenomenal!
8/13 – saw the news of flash floods on Long Island, New Jersey and along the coast. Hope everyone is safe and dry…