What a holiday! Croatia is really beautiful, especially when you look from the water side . Sailing on the Adriatic is a great pleasure.
This time on the board I took apart from family and friends the small electric bike Smart . This is manufactured by Geobike folding e-bike assisted by an electric motor. I easily packed up my e-bike in the boot of the car and then after embarking I hid him in a locker without any problem as well .
As a matter of fact every time when we entered the port Smart immediately was on the quay. The whole crew used it for very different purposes ... to explore the area, to ride up in the morning after a fresh rolls for breakfast or in the evening for another bottle of "prosieku" - a local sweet wine. Can you imagine - for the most lazy even to get to washrooms located at the other end of marina J. But without a doubt Smart attracted an attention and made an impression on other sailors in every marina.
Today - 19 of August 2012 we sailed into Dubrovnik. Beautiful marina full of various magnificent boats. The only disadvantage of this place is location just about 8 km from the center of the old town.
Still on the same day we organized a little bit and drive for sightseeing an old city by bus. It is really hot inside, the bus is very crowded. At that time I was thinking … it is a pity that we have only one bike.
Dubrovnik is magical – sightseeing is rewarding everything. Unfortunately as usually there is always a "but".. In the evening the old town is as crowded like the bus we have arrived here….
Oh No! I will come back tomorrow early morning to enjoy the sights without the whole throng – I promised myself
Later in the evening I checked up if there will be anyone interested to be my companion on morning trip. No one wanted to wake up so early. I thought it is even better because in that case I can ride on my e-bike.
Morning wake up without exaggeration at 8 o’clock. Marina is still asleep when I am packing my camera, mounting small GPS and just charged battery on Smart and hitting the road
Bike is moving very quickly. On bridge in marina I am riding using only the gas in the right handle. Definitely it is better to leave legs for support to avoid falling into the water. On the way I am passing several parked quite good set of wheels belonging to the owners of the largest yachts.
I am leaving marina. Even though I am pedaling lightly bike is riding real fast. Natural air conditioning…
In front of me first hill but it does not make any special difference in force of pedaling. I am riding a little bit slower but still without extra effort. It is so nice feeling when my 90 kg of the body is riding without any drop of sweat. Behind the back I have a view of sleepy marina and far in front of me on the bridge connecting us with the peninsula on which is Dubrovnik located.
A few kilometers of riding behind me. I am reaching passenger port. Yesterday only glimpsed behind the windows of the bus but today I can take a closer look at moored ships. Among others there is twin cruise ship to Costia Concordia which sank in the Adriatic this year. This is really massive. Nearby is moored the most luxurious sailing ship in the word - Sea Cloud. You can admire it usually only in the Caribbean but apparently American tourists attention was also attract by a charm Pearl of the Adriatic
I am leaving luxury cruise ships behind and riding closerto the fishing port with many anchored small boats that supply delicious sea food to local restaurant. Grilledsquid called in here “Liganie z żaru” - who has not eaten definitely must to taste.
I reached the walls of old city and my GPS displays 7,5 km. The upper part of the fortifications is located on the slopes of the mountain but my Smart is taking it with my little help without any problem. Now I exactly know why it was so hard to take this fortress and why proudly is called the gate of the Adriatic.
From the upper part of the fortifications I am riding down straight to the old port. It here years ago merchant ships, war caravels and galleons were standing. Now in the old port are mooring fishing boats and small cruise ship.
I am climbing back by bicycle into the upper part of the fort in order to see the panorama of the old port from very top.
I am going to ride around corners and narrow streets where atmosphere is a unique. Frankly speaking yesterday evening bike ride among crowd of tourists would be almost impossible but fortunately now is quite a lot before noon and around is wonderfully calmly . My only problem now is to carefully choose right path to avoid omnipresent stairs. So far so good.
All ways leads into the center where are situated the most important buildings, museums and churches. It is hard to believe that not so far ago in the name of the faith people were able to mindlessly destroy and burn priceless monuments.
You may not forget that Dubrovnik is inscribed on the list of priceless monuments of world culture UNESCO
Paving shines in the sun like a mirror. How many people passed these tracts for centuries ...
But definitely no one seems to have thought that one day will be a moment that ... someone will ride here by electric bike :-)
I leave slowly, not without regret old city but with no doubts thanks to my electric bike I saw much more than yesterday. I'm not tired at all, and most importantly, despite of rising temperatures riding cools me and my forehead is still without any trickles of sweat . SUPER
The return journey starts from riding nearby the seashore, the water is only 100 meters away, unfortunately in a straight line down. But in turn what emerald water.
The way is passing quickly, first part is mostly straight down. Smart on its16-inch wheels reaches speed nearly 35 km/h. Not bad ..
Most of ships set sail out of passenger port, but some of mega yachts are still there so I am happy to closelywatchat them.
Ride back goes without a hitch, at last 7.5 km is not a distance, not, unless you overcomes it on foot and the temperature as now reaches 38C.
I reach marina. GPSdisplays the distance traveled 15.5 km and 150 m of climbed hills.
I look at top speed - 33.5 km / h. It must have been during the downhill ride, but you have to admit that Smart is incredibly snappy and while driving is not worse than bike on a regular 26-inch wheels, of course without electric motor :)
There is none on the boat. Allcoolin the pool. I want to tell them they should regret, that they were not exploring the old town with me in the morning ... but if they were, I would not go on the bike because in the end we have only one Smart . Perhaps it is good that the crew is a little lazy ...
The next day we say goodbye to beautiful Dubrovnik. It turns out that Croatia is beautiful not only from the water, but also great when you visit it on the land, especially when you can do it on two wheels, in addition to electrically assisted.
Maybe next year instead of a boat I will go by bike? Matter still for the reflection and consultation with the family. One thing is for sure .. it will be electric bike!