Our bike trip commenced in Pula, after a fun few days with our friends Anne and Ale. The sailing was so fun, and we were looking forward to a new kind of adventure biking through Istria.
The train station was quaint and not very busy. We got a few funny looks with our little clown bikes.
We were surprised at how steep the riding was, as the train ride was fairly flat. It was hot and we drank all of our water. Luckily we didn't have far to go.
Hum, as we found, was at the very top of a hill overlooking a big valley. Our home for the night had a great balcony with the beautiful view. The entire town was all just a nice walk from our place.
It turns out Franko used to be the mayor of Hum, and his daughter Dores owns a little gift shop just steps away from our place. We went down and bought some chocolate, cheese and more brandy.
|Gift shop of Dores|
|Display outside her shop|
We walked through the town and worked up an appetite for dinner
|Medieval Church (12th century)|
|Mike enjoying the view (and the wine)|
|Grapes growing outside the Hum cemetery|
|How you say?|
This town was our lunch spot. I'd like to buy it a vowel.
We arrived right at noon and the clock tower rang for us. It was loud! There were grapevines all over on our ride. Really beautiful. It's reminding me a lot of Italy.
This lake was our reward for the afternoon ride. Gorgeous!
|Mike checking our route|
|Just below Motovun|
|We found the old train track bike path|
|Trying to look enthused about the climb|
|Old train tunnel with motion sensor lights|
We spent a few nights in Motovun. Our friends Anne and Ale rented a motorcycle in Pula and met us in Motovun for truffle hunting and dinner. We have a separate blog post for that.
We left Motovun and headed to a little town called Brtonigla. To get there, we need to go up through this town. Mike called it Gorgonzola but it was actually called Grožnjan, a really quaint artists town full of music and art and festivals. We will definitely come back here.
|Grožnjan in the distance|
|Even our camera is sweating|
|View from the top. You can see the Adriatic Sea (upper left)|
|Poster for a music festival|
We were treated to a downhill ride to Rovinj. We decided we would stay here next time we do the bike trip.
Well, it wasn't all downhill after all.
We had some really interesting paths today; we biked through fields, we pushed our bikes up steep, rocky hills, we did some actual mountain biking on the clown bikes and we found our way to Rovinj. The trip through Istria challenged me, but every day I had such a huge sense of accomplishment that it didn't matter how hard it was. It was beautiful every day and I am now an enthusiastic adventure biker. I still can't believe the bikes handled the terrain so well.
|Sunrise at the ferry|
|View of Pula from the water|
Next stop, Mainz, GE to see our niece!
First Mate Kate