Today we head inland again, so it is time to say goodbye to this... But not without getting a proper last view of the Adriatic Sea we have enjoyed so much over the last few days.
Before setting off, Kellee and Rick had a little Romeo and Juliet-moment going on. But as it usually goes with Douglas and Kimberly, this time it was their turn to get things upside down and the wrong way around.
At our morning coffee stop on the island of Krk in Malinska, Douglas met a couple of very friendly Austrians who got him mixed up for one of their compatriots. Those license plates on Edelweiss bikes get conversation going anywhere in the world.
From all that conversation, Douglas developed a bit of an appetite. But drama at first: the ice cream stand had not opened yet! The friendly Croatian people are always willing to go the extra mile though, so they quickly ran to the freezer and brought out... this! Party time!
Took about 21 seconds to have the first order of the day
And has to be said: the view had "time for an ice cream" written all over it.
Going further down south, in the little town of Senj, we wondered why these people were taking pictures of the water...
This is why! A group of cute dolphins came up to say hello to all of us! What a way to get a last salute from the Adriatic!
Simply amazing how crystal clear the water is in this part of the world.
Heading up into the mountains again, we stopped one last time to get some final pictures of the sea in all its glory, overlooking the islands in Kvarner Bay.
Turned out that in this part of Croatia, there are some very peculiar... Apple trees! What are they for?
This is what they are for! Nature's own version of a selfie stick. Very handy that is!
And then, only an hour later, the landscapes completely changed into the wonderful green open spaces of Velebit National Park. They say bears still roam these parts... We haven't met one. (Yet)
Rick and Kellee felt perfectly happy in all that green.
One last stop in the town of Otocac, where for the first time on this tour we see some sad reminders of what this region went through some 25 years ago. Good thing it is now just a memory, because as tomorrow will show: this area in Croatia and Bosnia is absolutely beautiful. Watch this space...