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25.09.2019 Island hopping. It was clear that from Senj, where we arrived at the coast, our journey would take us south, towards Zadar. Technically, there is the option to follow a scenic road running all along the coast which is part of the EuroVelo network of cycling routes. However, this coastal road is so utterly busy with cars, lorries and recreational vehicles that it is simply not enjoyable and potentially dangerous to cycle there. To avoid this route, we decided to better travel south via some islands.  To do so, we had to follow the coastal road northbound for a bit before accessing the island of Krk on a bridge. We crossed the island and the next day we took a car ferry to Rab, where we stayed for two nights to hide out from thunderstorms and heavy rains. Yesterday morning, we carried on by a tiny ferry boat which officially has a maximum capacity of twelve passengers and seven bikes, but on that day took eight bikes and about sixteen people plus a dog to the neighbouring island of Pag. All three islands offer an interesting mixture of rocky and barren ridges that could pass as lunar landscapes on the one hand and fertile gardens full of fig, pomegranate and olive trees on the other hand. They are not as flat as the German islands, so cycling between their picturesque little port towns means climbing from sea level to several hundred meters of altitude a couple of times a day. To be sure, these sometimes steep climbs come with rewarding views. Our first night on Pag, we were hosted by Jan Tin from Slovenia, whose family owns a holiday home near Novalja and who happens to be a scout just like us. Thanks again for sharing the house, some meals and your countless stunning travel stories with us. At the moment we are in the town of Pag, where we have just fixed the first flat tire of our tour. Tonight we will reach Povljana and be accommodated by a friend of Addy's family. #scoutbound #croatia #hrvatska #adriaticcoast #adriaticsea #krk #rab #pag #islandhopping #warmshowers #couchsurfing #europe #europeanunion #tour #balkan #scouts #dpsg #cycling #bike #velo #camping #biketouring #cyclinglife #cyclinglover #touringlife #adventure #lessborderslessvisa

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