So the weather cleared and we decided to take a swim then see the sights - what can I say? I love the Croatian coast. It's got history, loads of old Roman forts etc, pretty ladies and nice bars (whoops there's that theme again ;) Anyway - take a look for yourself at the town!
Just because it was hot...and we could - we decided to take a day white water rafting near Omis! This turned out to be a good idea as we got to share a raft with a couple of pretty Danish girls! Yes!
OK back on the bikes again - feeling refreshed and full of beans we headed off into Bosnia. Met a legendary bloke, Vic Ross, (Aussie of course ;)) who told us to be careful about making sure you had a Green Card insurance slip - otherwise you have to buy insurance at the border for about $50.
I had a bit of an argument with the border guard, but it turns out it wasn't a scam - the green card was a real thing and I found mine eventually. So we made our way to Mostar. But Mark went into a hairpin too fast and straightened up and went straight across it. Luckily he pulled up before hitting the side of the mountain, but as he put his foot down he stepped into a pothole and dropped his bike... nothing too serious - just a few scratches and we had to re-tighten his mirror.
But anyway Mostar has a fantastic history - but marred in the early 90's due to some of the worst fighting in the region. But today they've rebuilt the old bridge that united both sides of the town, but you can still see the nasty scars of the war. That night we heard of a nightclub in a cave - we had to check it out - but ended up being the only people there...
Road to Sarajevo
So having left Mostar we headed up to Sarajevo for a bit. The roads were decent enough, but I got distracted easily by these roadside tavernas . They had lamb on the spit outside and the smell drove me crazy so we had to stop and eat one...not the whole thing, mind :)
We ended up driving around the centre of town looking for a good place to park the bikes and stay ...this is before days of motortourer, otherwise it would have been a lot easier ha ha. We just happened to pull up to rest and a guy asked us if we wanted hotel. We said yes so long as it had safe parking for bikes. He pointed behind us and basically the hotel has a lift which takes your bike/car to the floor your room is on and you park it outside your room door - really great hotel. ETN Hotel, Sarajevo. These photos are outside our rooms.
Sarajevo is a fun and vibrant place though - loads of bars and restaurants. I even had a steak with chocolate and chilli sauce :)
Road to Banja Luka:
So the we headed up along the road to Banja Luka. The Route you can also find here which I uploaded earlier https://my.motortourer.com/en/routes/25-sarajevo-banja-luka-vrbas-river-route
But along the way we thought it would be a good idea to go camping because it was getting dark and we were knackered. Not smartest idea when you consider that there are still thousands of landmines still to be cleared from the horrible war. We found a place off the beaten track near an old abandoned farm house though.
Leaving Banja Luka we came across this place the next day. Pretty moving place with loads of bullet holes and the scene of some pretty fierce fighting.
Slovenia: Lake Bled
So packing up and making our way back - we realised we were running out of time (usual problem with travelling, right?) And as such were determined to visit the nicest places on our way back - highways permitting.Well we weren't disappointed with Slovenia - amazing roads (watch out for tail-gating arseholes in Audis) through the mountains and down to Lake Bled. This reminded me of something out of a TinTin comic. Acventure and beauty all rolled into one. Azure blue lake and this monastery on an island in the middle. It was so beautiful there, I thought to myself that the next tim I come back here it will be with a pretty girl and not some hairy Irishman ;-)...in fact I toldMark as such and he laughed and said he was thinking the same thing but without a hairy Aussie ha ha ha .But anyway - check out the pictures below.