One trip, three countries and eight days on two wheels.
Day five started with the taxi up to Stanjel. Absorbing the beauty downhill was shear pleasure. We often stopped at bars for water or coffee. English was never a problem. A cool down shower fell when we were in the Skočjan Caves. The pickup at Lipica worked well. Majestic Lipizzaners. We laughed when we crammed the bikes and 2 tall bodies into the taxi. With Benita on my lap we arrived at Hotel Roma in Trieste. I washed our cycling clothes every evening. It dried sufficiently overnight.
Day six started with the ferry crossing to Muggia. The ferry pickup is near the hotel. It takes 30 minutes to cross. It is cheap and you avoid all the Trieste traffic. At Muggia cycle back for 10 minutes towards Trieste. The Parenzana route is after the first small bridge. Out of Italy and back into Slovenia with its short scenic 42 km coastline. The clean well-lit 550m old railway tunnel says much of a country ensuring safe rides for cyclists. Portoroz is like a beehive of tourists. All enjoying their vacations.
Day seven we cross the Croatian border. All our hotels on the entire trip were superb. We drank the local water in our bathrooms. We slept very comfortably. Yes, there were days when the cumaltive affect was felt in my 67 year old legs but the rewards made it disappear. Regarding the required fitness level for the trip.
In Cape Town we try to cycle regularly. We are not fanatics. It was good to experience en route how popular tourism cycling is. Croatia’s section of the Parenzana is more stoney. We had 3 punctures and were ably assisted by our host from B&B Antico in Motovun. Please convey my appreciation to him again. Day eight to Porec we decided to remain on tar. To sum up. The trip has incredible potential and many of my friends will partake.
Written by Herbert Raubeinheimer; Photography by Matey Mejovsek and Life Bike Inc.