Sept. 29: Last night we paddled into a little village called Punat. There we found a nice B&B for 25€. The lady who rented rooms was a widow. Humble and gracious. I am so drawn to these type of people. Down to earth, good, trying to make ends meet. A humble attitude is so contagious. Up early, we take a boat across the channel to the island of Rab. Bora winds of 30 knots made this voyage dangerous. Take the safe route.
Toni, the captain, was an operator - in more ways than one. He reminded me of Dean Martin. Just had that smile and style.
Along the route we measure the wind at some 40 knots. Impossible to kayak. Made the safe choice, the right choice. He deposited us at Loper, Rab. We waited an hour for the wind to die. It didn't but we set off.
Paddled to a small village, Kampor, and met Valentina - a lovely waitress who had a big heart. Just before sunset we found a place to tent. The night was silent and the morning came quick.
Sept. 30: Up at 07:00 paddling by 08:00. Aiming to do around 40 km. Zadar in my sights for Sunday.
First stop is Mandre. Find a store and buy cheese, ham and a baguette. Make a great sandwich and combine this with a good coffee.
For some reason, I was exhausted and fell asleep right there and then. Hah. Wow. Nice to dip into wonderland before 12:00.
The next leg was over 20 km. Stopped once to relax and consume water.
The mountains are majestic but cause amazing winds. After Zadar, they should be better.
Arriving in Polvjana, my ribs are sore. I can barely paddle. Each stroke sends an intense pain from my lower right hand rib cage up to my chest. Yesterday was a strenuous day paddling. Today I realize that I have muscular or rib problem. I could hardly paddle the last 10 km. Just gritted my teeth and moved forward.
On the beach I met Slavko and his lovely wife Maida. They drove me to Pag in search of a pharmacy. Everything was closed and ended up in an emergency center. After a needle in the bum and a quick examination, I was discharged. The nice couple from Slovania drove us back to Polvjana. So generous and kind. Thank you.
Together we are better. Small acts of kindness do help. Just ask me!!!
Croatia is beautiful. Water. Mountain. Countryside.