Day 8 – Prapratno to Dubrovnik: Sightseeing in Dubrovnik
Saturday September 11, 2010, 59 km (37 miles) – Total so far: 574 km (356 miles)
I woke early hoping to get to Dubrovnik early to do a bit of sightseeing. Straight away I arrived in Ston, famous for it’s town walls. I would have liked to walk the walls here but I couldn’t find anywhere to leave the bike so I continued on.
In no time I was back on the coast road again and heading for Dubrovnik. The scenery was again spectacular, only if there weren’t so many close calls with trucks, buses and oncoming cars…
Along this road I met a Bulgarian cyclist, Vyacheslav Stoyanov, who was doing a loop of the Mediterranean sea for an environmental chairty and also raising awareness of littering in the countries surrounding the sea (Website: http://www.vyacheslavstoyanov.com/ ). He had some great tales to tell from North Africa and we had a long chat before he set off on a much heavier bike than mine at a much faster pace than me.I really need to get properly fit!
I arrived in Dubrovnik nice and early finishing the loop I had started a week ago. It wasn’t the 900km loop I had planned covering the length of Bosnia&Herzegovina but I didn’t mind too much. I was delighted with what I got to see and the time I had to spare on the shorter 600km loop.
I checked into the hostel and spent the evening seeing the sights of Dubrovnik. Although there were some great sights, the highlight was the fantastic War Photo Ltd. exhibition, showing some striking photos from the war on terror in Pakistan/Afghanistan and the Balkans conflict. By nightfall I had everything I wanted to see covered so I headed back to the hostel for some much needed sleep.