Snow, frozen, wet, rain (Knin, Dia 57, 3246km)

I arrive to the youth hostel and it is close, no just a moment one mobile phone in the door, free call, call me please, and the phone number behind there… The first time that I saw that this is the feeling that you are in small town where all the people nows each other.

In few minutes came the porperty of the hostel and he just leaveme the keys and explainme how it works allÇ; is not so much people now this is no best moment to travel (it is one of the phrases that most I listen)…

After to install and check everything in the room, for sure I need all the small room just for me and all my things is not a problem because I dont share with nobody…

I cant remember how I start to “talk” with this person but finnally we share a conversation with the google translator, he told about his son he was playing a basketball tournament in Barcelona, and know he want to change the team; it is the typical person that are very orgulloso about his family, his city, his country, he just want to saw me on internet photos about Croatia and some stuuffs; -I am working now but in some minutes I will finnish we can go to eat calamares, – for sure it will be a pleasure.

He didnt accept my money so he pay the dinner, while he start to talk with the chamber about I dont know but the conversation is going up, up, just I understand AlQaeda, so after some minutes I decide to leave the restaurant and go to the hostel… After one or two hours I meet him another time and start to talk again, and he begin to told me that he was in the war in Bosnia Killing musulmans I get impressioned how he told me that, he is so frozen and he is talking about killing people, I dont know what to say, also after he show a photo on internet is him with their war friends with the guns and with one nazi flag, other photo one destryed mezquita for him with canons, he start tatatata, pum pum pum, hi hitler! but very tranquility I am very impression I said to him that is not good, me comunist, but he doesnt told me anything, Ok we dont understand each other so is better to leave the conversation, but anything bads happends…

So go to sleep and will see tomorrow what I will do

I wake up and I go around the town buy something, and see how is the village. Just in some minutes start to snow, nice, so I decided that today I will be here for one night more… It will not stop in all the day the snow; so I profit the market that is in the center and go to buy some hat for the winter, It was really funny talk with the sellers, is dobre (good) the hat yeah yeah dobre dobre, jajajaj and all people start to laugh ok me too when I saw my face with the hat…

Just almost the day I am in the hostel just, I went to take some photos and to have the delicious typical dessert of Samobor… After in the hostel I meet the strange man of yesterday and we say good bye.

The car machines began yesterday to take out the snow of the roads, so today is Okay to start to ride again, until snow other time. The day is perfect to cicle, is cold but with sun is very nice;  and see how can it changes the landscape it is wonderful, the road start to go up up up, but with out traffic, until I arrive to Karlovac (big town, 45km). The toursist office is closed today so just follow the same road to the south and try to dont feel the -5ºC  at night. So I take a small road after 80km and I found a “perfect” place to put the tent, completly full of snow around and everywhere it is magical place, different of all the days before; I make  a soup with the snow, and in some minutes I am sleeping, like at 19:00 I dont why but I feel very tired… And I get up  at 08:00 more than 12 hours sleeping thats great, and I didnt feel so much cold, but it was, the half beer that I leave yesterday night is completly frozen outside like the rest of the things, the seat of my bike is frozen also…

Following the same road that I leave yesterday I start the day and in some minutes it start to snow, and it doesn’t stops, my foots are getting frozen fucking frozen, my guitar and my trailer behind me is just snow almost 30cm of snow up on my guitar… I cant continuous like this is impossible also the road you dont see anything, the cars cant go so fast for the ice and I must be pray to dont go down… so after 25 (2hours) I meet a restaurant-hostel with internet and I decide to be here until stop the snow but, it doesnt stop so I pass the night here and tomorrow will see… All the day snowing, until night it finnish

You can take everything you want and how many you want for breakfast!! are you sure? heheh yes, ok I finnish full full full of food, so in the rest of the day I didint need to eat until dinner (it was enough with omelette of potatoes and 3eggs with bacon, milk, muesly) … Start to ride, cold but still no snowing. I arrive to Plitvicka Jezera (national parks with wonderfull lakes), and they advertist me If you want to be alive take the bus to go to Zadar, the weather for tomorrow and past tomorrow it will be worst that the last days, but I know how I am and I ignore that, so I follow the same road; go to small road and look for a place to put the tent. The place is like nothing just snow, and far away some mountains, it takes to me the remember what I want to see if finnally I arrive to Mongolia (one of my dreams since some year before), just nothing that is what I want to see. Clean the place to put the tent and ready, some dinner, read, espacio en blanco, and sleep.

It is wonderful when you have travelling for “long time” (not so long, yet) and almost every day you sleep in different places, and its difficult to remember when you get up where you put the tent the day before , this moment is Magic just open the door, and……. see that…. no words is like a new day in a new place all completly for you, to enjoy, to learn, to share… definitly to live.

Same road, and in some minutes start to rain, snow stop, start again stop; I must to go fast as I can to the next town and try to follow some information maybe it will be here some shelteres to enjoy the nature… but nothing I didnt find anything, just some coffees in Garcanc while I talk with the chamber in RUstic Caffee where he make a suggestion take the bus to Zadar it will  be the best option go to the coast by bus, if I was you I will do it; ok so what I do? dont go to the coast, and dont take the bus, follow the same road that now goes to the south-est to arrive to knin next big town is about 60km, I start to go up in very long port, where when I start it was rainning, and in hundred metters going up it changes to snow, I feel very tired, going up, start to be smog also, so cold, smog, snow, and wet inside, so I decided to stop and try hitch hiking, but not so many cars also, and just the cars that pass me sawme like a strange person in the middles of the snow with a big bike… So after 30min it doesnt works so comeon take the bike ang go up!!! After some Km going up, go little bit down and flat until I saw the sgnal welcome to Zadar region, and from here the snow in the road start to disappear just 5km more and the snow it doesnt exits thats take me more power, anyway my foots are completly wet and cold very cold, and watching long I start to see a long way going down, but long long, and wonderfull around the mountain crossing some valleys by some bridges, also I have the wind helpping me and the road it doesnt go so much down but with the wind I cycle faster than 50km all the time, just in the bridges where the wind get crazy I need to take the bike very strong to dont follen down, maybe it was 15km like this, Where I was before to take this long way going down? Going down also I feel that I start to dont feel good, I didnt eat so much and I don want to stop until I arrive to Knin it will be 20km, completly wet inside, feeling really bad, and cold it start to go little bit up, and this 20km was one of the most longest km that I made never…

I arrive finnally to Knin feeling very bad, after sometime I found the hostel…