Day 32. 88km. Punat – Valbiska

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Croatia, Cycling
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Today didn’t go as it was supposed to. Suboptimal weather, suboptimal ferry timetables, and late ferries meaning I missed a connection. In summary, I am 20km from where I started today, and am trying to practise my life philosophy and am ‘letting it go’.

The late ferry from Merag to Valbiska

The late ferry from Merag to Valbiska

I left this morning in the dark. It had just stopped raining. I left not knowing where I would cycle to. I didn’t think I would end up where I am.

The weather

The weather

The weather forecast was crap (rain, thunderstorms), and so my plan of cycling further on Cres, catching the ferry from Mali Lošinj at the bottom of the island wasn’t looking very appealing. I wasn’t taking in much of the scenery as I cycled along. I had several options, and with each minute I changed my mind.
– Cycle to Rijeka and then down the coast. This is a very busy road, not recommended for cyclists.
– Catch the boat to Rab island. The boat leaves from Valbiska at 1820. I was at Valbiska before 9am. I didn’t want to wait all day for the boat, or cycle aimlessly around Krk island.
– Catch the boat to Cres, and cycle to the southern tip of the Cres island. The ‘ferry’ from Mali Lošinj only takes people and no bikes, I was told. So, cycling to the tip of the island meant also cycling back (which would take 2 days).
– Catch the ferry to Cres, cycle around Cres for the day, catch the same ferry back at 1730 in time for the 1820 ferry to Rab.

I almost cycled to Rijeka. Just minutes before the ferry left to Cres, I jumped on it. I love Cres island, and wanted to see more of it.

A philosophy of being happy is as follows: don’t get angry at what is – being angry doesn’t change anything. All you can control is your reaction to what is. The ferry times meant that I was going to lose today in terms of moving forward. My ferry back from Cres was delayed, and I missed my connection ferry to Rab. I am trying not to be angry, and am observing myself trying not to be angry. An interesting exercise. I find myself in a hotel room 2km from the ferry to Rab. Tomorrow is (unexpectedly) an early boat to Rab. I will be on that boat Inshallah.

I cycled to the lake in the middle of Cres island. It fascinated me – what is a big lake doing there in the middle of such a thin, mountainous island? It was hard to photograph due to the trees, but I had a go.

Lake in Cres island

Lake in Cres island

Despite being cloudy, it was warm cycling up all those hills. Here is today’s ‘hot and sweaty’ selfie. 🙂

Hot and sweaty

Hot and sweaty

Tomorrow Rab and Pag islands. I’ve heard they are beautiful! 🙂

Comments
  1. AndrewGills says:

    Oh I hear you on not getting angry with what is. I lost $200 to an etfpos machine mistake here in Korea. Whenever I look at my bank balance I try to accept what is too. Not same as ferry timetables but similar thoughts

    • I know what you mean. I lost 30 Euros on a cancelled hotel room because of the late ferry. There’s nothing to do. All of this is peanuts. I’m here living my dream. I’m honoured to know what my dream is, and honoured to be able to live it!

    • cyclerist says:

      If i can add some information on this: you should contact your bank that issued the card and explain the circumstances and in most cases your bank will be able to return the money to you (chargeback).
      Let me know if you need more info on this process-after all 200$ is a nice amount 🙂

    • cyclerist says:

      If i can add some information on this: you should contact your bank that issued the card and explain the circumstances and in most cases your bank will be able to return the money to you (chargeback).
      Let me know if you need more info on this process-after all 200$ is a nice amount 🙂

      • AndrewGills says:

        I have contacted my bank. They say I need to print a form and post it to them. I will do it when I return to Australia. I am also changing bank because this bank has been so difficult to deal with through this process. Another bank would have stopped the payment. This bank said they will only stop it if the vendor agrees. Even though I didn’t sign for it.

      • Good luck Andrew!

      • Thanks for the tip. For me it was 30 euros, and Andrew 200. I’ll see if booking.com take the money first. 🙂

  2. IrwinF says:

    hi there, it is my turn to start the trip from Zagreb over Bosnia and Herzegovina to Metkovic. After a few sunny days in a row it is a rainy-thunderstormly morning 🙂

    Good luck guys

  3. cyclerist says:

    Some more from the info on the Cres lake (Vransko jezero) 🙂
    http://www.tzg-cres.hr/en/What_to_do/Features/Vrana_Lake

    Greetings from Zagreb and have a nice weather furher on!

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