Day 37. 53km. Stari Grad – Hvar – Jelsa

Posted: October 19, 2014 in Croatia, Cycling
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As I rolled down the hill I saw him waving. This meeting has been weeks in coming. I stopped the bike, took off my safari hat (which looks like a cycling helmet), and exclaimed: “James Lambie, I presume!”

James is a bit of a slacker. This hill wasn't even 7%.

James is a bit of a slacker. This hill wasn’t even 7%.

From solo cycling to 3 cyclists and a dog, cycling on a spectacular island in the beautiful sun. Well, cycling was done a little bit. Fixing a flat tyre, lounging in a cafe in Hvar and chatting to some Taiwanese people. Some late selection of our wild camping spot resulted in another spectacular location. Me happy!

Sunset from our wild camping spot

Sunset from our wild camping spot

James’ story is a bit like mine. Been living in Europe (for him the UK) for years, and has decided to return home (for him NZ) by bike. Julia, from Albania, is cycling from Italy where she lives, to Greece, with her dog Chappi. Drahtesel is a featherweight compared to her beast. Julia lugs her fully loaded bike with a dog trailer up the hills, zig-zagging up to the top. We are the group of 3.

The group of 3. Matthew, James and Julia.

The group of 3. Matthew, James and Julia.

Rather than heading to the ferry at the end of the island, we cycled to Hvar town up a spectacular mountain road and back along another spectacular road. It is so nice to share these amazing places with kindred spirits. Passing around a bend, and hearing a gasp before I can gasp. Everyone stopping for photos in the same place. Sharing the impressions over dinner. And witty humour in a beautiful New Zealand accent. 🙂 Didn’t see any sheep today.






  1. Erica says:

    Hi Matthew,
    Hier een berichtje vanuit het verre Eindhoven! Geweldig om je verhalen te lezen en je mooie foto’s te zien! Ik herbeleef een heel stuk van je trip de laatste week. Herken Zadar, Split en Krk etc. Prachtig land! Lijkt me ook wel leuk om een tijdje met lotgenoten te fietsen, jullie ervaringen te delen!
    Enjoy mate!

  2. Chuwei says:

    Hi Matthew,

    I am the one of “some Taiwanese people” you met in Hvar~ Nice small chat with you and James! Marvellous trip you are having. Loving it! 😀

    Chu-wei from Taiwan

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