Day 19 – Tivat to Cilipi

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Yeah, I know. Cilipi? It’s about 20 km shy of Dubrovnic.

Remember the sandwiches from two days back? Well, they got me this morning. A massive gastro attack. After a while, when I thought I was safe, I showered and went back to bed for an hour. Another attack, but my body was drained; I showered again, dressed, and went down for breakfast. Had a glass of OJ and a croissant, and barely made it back to my room  before I threw up.

I decided I’d head for Dubrovnic and bail up there. Showered again, packed up and headed for the ferry. It saves several Km of cycling around the bay

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The ferry crosses at the narrow bit between Donji and Kostanjica, and is 1 Euro for cyclists; the ferries run as soon as they are full, which doesn’t take long. Mine had two tour buses, a couple of semi trailers, a few vans and small trucks, and about a dozen cars. The crossing takes about five minutes. Then a long, steady climb – starts out gentle, but steepens – towards Herceg Novi.  Dunno why – the castle dates waaaaay back. I pushed more than I needed to, as I was running on empty – didn’t dare eat, and was sipping water carefully.

A huge descent to Igalo, then another long climb up to the border. Again, it starts gently, but it steepens towards the top. I pushed some. There’s a 300 metre gap between Monte Negro’s customs and Croatia’s – I wonder who owns the strip in between? No hassles at either – pedalled to the front of the waiting cars, and on my way.

Pretty shattered by now, and there’s another climb from the Croatian border up to a crest, then a steady flattish ridge road towards Dubrovnic. I was totally running on empty, and there was still 20km to go. I stopped at the first hotel I saw, in Cilipi. showered, and crashed for 3 hours. The wiki post tells you all you need to know about Cilipi 🙂

I showered and ate – fish soup, pasta and parmesan, with a g;lass of OJ. Guts are grumbling, but so far so good 🙂

I’ll make Dubrovnic tomorrow – three days later than intended. No rush though,

See you down the road.

 

 

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