Saturday 29th July
We left our lovely viewpoint this morning following the TET to the next bit of tarmac. It climbs uphill from the tarmac just above the hamlet of Breze then enters into the forest for awhile on a left turn. Awhile later you repeat this process, then the TET enters into some really dense forest following a road that is a mix of tarmac & gravel. (NB: There is a junction which we found wasn’t on our OSM maps, yet was on our Garmin Nuvi Basemap, take the right fork and it continues along the TET through the forest to rejoin the tarmac). Where the trail exits the forest this next time, it’s a junction on a tarmac road, this winds down to the town of Delnice, where there is plenty of fuel, cafe’s, shops etc.
After this it follows the D203, which is an excellent bike road. We passed through on a Saturday and there were hundreds of bikes in the cafe’s around Delnice with plenty leaned over in the bends on the road.
At Brod na Kupi, there is a border crossing into Slovenia, we stopped for coffee and to get the dog in the lovely river that passes by the village, complete with rafting canoes and crystal clear water.
The Croatian part of the TET is the easiest section we’ve done so far, (it’s emminently suitable in it’s current form), for beginner adventure riders to get some experience, whilst also have the joy of seeing the beauty of Croatia. Towns are no more than an hour downhill and you can retreat to the comforts of modern living if you need to or continue to ‘rough’ it on the trail.
Things to watch out for:
1. - Croatian drivers seem to have a rule that it is their country and they can drive how they like, you get out of their way. The have perfected the look of utter disdain and hold this on their faces as they pass you by on the narrow mountain roads or the coastal roads. They also do not reverse, smile or acknowledge you in any way no matter how much effort you have to put in to let them past. The women make the men look like beginners in this by the way so beware!
2. - The gravel trails are really well groomed we found, but they can be very narrow, not much of issue for a bike, but be aware of the No.1 above.
3. - Fuel is available in all the towns we passed through, but not in the villages. Dropping to the coast always mean fuel is not far away.
4. - Snakes and bears are around, so make noises when you go to the bushes and check around the ground where you plan to camp for the night.
5. - Don’t drink the tap water on the coast, Lucy & I were both pretty ill with stomach issues from this, once we’d found some of the rare ‘springs’ we swapped the water and felt better. Springs are more available in the north than the south we found.