I’m told the friendliest people in Croatia are from Rijeka. With my exhaust, sparkling and sounding as if new, I
Located at the Southern end of the Istria peninsula, Rijeka is a port town and the gateway to the islands of the northern Adriatic and Kvarner Bay. With this as my destination, Dooby pulls out a few maps and we sit around a table in the Logobola lounge to discuss the best riding route to get there. He tells me about the coastal road from Karlobog north to Rijeka. Together we map out a route that crosses the mountains and avoids the superhighway toll road by passing through small towns and tiny villages including Josipdol, Otocac, Licko Lesce, Perusic, Gospic until winding down to the coast at Karlobog.
It takes just a dozen kilometers or so as I head north toward Senj that I know why motorcyclists, especially those knee-dragging, sport bike speedsters love this road. It twists, turns, climbs, descends and carves its way north while
I wind around the bay and drop into Rijeka, which tumbles from the steep hills down into the port. It’s quiet, there’s not much traffic save a few public
The server at the modest and cozy wine bar and Italian restaurant, complete with red checkered tablecothes, is friendly and eagerly pours me local wines from the famous Istria peninsula as I use the Wifi to write about the last few days and research for the days to follow.
Friendliest people in Croatia? They could be here. And if my server is an example of a local, I’m a believer. Yet I will not have an opportunity to explore this town, nor much of Istria. Slovenia calls me. So does a one night stop in Italy. Tomorrow I’ll pass through Slovenia, take a quick ride to Trieste, then back to Slovenia the next day.
I can’t be this close to Italy and not swing by to say hello.