Km 1550 to 1715, Jablanica (Bosnia & Herzegovina) to Sinj (Croatia).
08/06/2022 – 40km
Today was quite hard. The trail down into Jablanica was steep and often overgrown. It had rained last night, so as you can imagine, pushing through undergrowth I got very wet. I also lost the trail a few times and had to backtrack to find the markings.
After resupplying in town, there then came a big climb, over 1800m of elevation gain, pretty much unbroken. Thankfully the trail was good and there were no navigational issues.
The on and off rain prevented me from ever being really dry.
I also think at some point in the last week my solar panel has stopped working. It was cheap, so not a huge surprise, but still a shame.
On a more positive note, I have now gone one quarter of the way.
09/06/2022 – 49km
The rain continues. Most of the day was either light rain or drizzle. I did have a little blue sky first thing in the morning.
Despite this, morale was high and the terrain forgiving (after a brief slog up Vran peak).
I made it to a pizzeria in time for dinner. My coke came with a wine glass, which made me smile.
10/06/2022 – 52km
No mountains today, or even much in the way of hills.
I crossed into Croatia around midday. Shortly before the border I passed a Via Dinarica hiker going the other way and gave him my last few Bosnian Marks.
Due to how flat and easy the day was, I had already done 50km by 4:30, and so had a lot of time to kill until dinner/sleep. It’s times like this I wish I had a book.
11/06/2022 – 25km
A brisk march (25km in 4.5 hours) brought me to the town of Sinj. From there I took one of the regular buses to the city of Split.
The old town of Split is incredibly beautiful. And incredibly busy. I spent a lot of time meandering among the narrow stone alleys and romanesque buildings. One of the throng.
Croatia is noticeably more expensive than Bosnia and Herzegovina. I’d better adjust to it, since I don’t think it’ll be getting cheaper as I go West.