Cycling the Dalmatian Coast
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Arriving in very pretty towns and villages with very few other tourists was special. However, my favourite day was the Thurrsday (last day of cycling before free day in Dubrovnik) as the cycling that day has a bit of everything (off road downhill, offroad flat, road) and its probably the prettiest scenery. The last section of this day (post lunch stop) is approximately 29km and apparently optional although everyone in our group cycled it. Although it starts with a 3km climb it really was the best cycling of the week and gets faster and faster towards the end so does not feel anything like 29km. Seeing Dolphins swimming at the bow of our ferry was quite cool too!
What did you think of your group leader?
Our leader for the week was Bojan (pronounced Boyan) and he was a great guy and patiently looked after all of the group and our never ending questions. No point in challenging him to a game of tennis or table tennis as you are likely to lose! He has a competitive streak.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
1. The day of arrival in Split is a long one and assuming you are arriving in the summer months it would be a good idea to wear shorts or something cool as you go straight from the airport to a tour of Split - a very hot Split the day we arrived. The ferry to Hvar is in the evening so you might also want to think about having something to slip on if it cools down on the ferry crossing. 2. The breaks on your bike are the opposite way round to the UK. Kind of useful to know when you pull away from your first hotel and cycle down hill! 3. Grappa may well be a local alcoholic beverage but probably best saved for domestic cleaning purposes. 4. If you like really good ice cream - this is the trip for you.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
This was my second Exodus cycling trip. I previously did the Vietnam trip. The distances for this trip are shorter but possibly more hills. Some bike fitness prior to the trip will help you get the full benefit but book it anyway!