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…

Somedays in Praha (38days, 1945km)

So I decide to stay for one day in Praga before I am going to move the next day to the house of Jan from Cs, he is living outside of Praga just around the city.

After to leave all the things in the hostel (travellers hostel), and take a shower, I meet with one boy, that he is gay and he didnt stop to try to…. yes that, so I decided to stop and don eat more bananas in front of him, and just he is in the bed behind me. So I go outside just to buy something and take some photos, definetly I dont like the big cities, they are taking proof always for the tourist…

I decide finnally to change the bed to sleep, it will be better absolutly. Next day I get up and I take a very loooong breakfast in the hostel, just before I go outside of the city I meet with Claude another cicletourist veeeery crazy but very funny he is 63 years old but is like he is just 18, talking about his “girlfriend”, about his trip, he went outside from belgium like 7 months and went to NordKapp and after to the south in Slovakia, and now comming back to France, HAVE A GOOD LUCK CLAUDE.

Impoooosible to find the route to arrive to Jans house all around city is highways or trails for the train so I decided finnally come back to the city. I spent some time changing something on the bike, some beers and sleep… Next day I decided to stay also in Praga just to relax, breakfast and go around in the city, while somebody arrive in the hostel ” I just lost my flight from Bcn to Bangkok”, fucking traffic in Barcelona…

Planes changes finnally I found some information about a cycle route from Praha to Vienna is a greeway about 470km so it will be better that… Before I wanted to go first to Brno and after Vienna…

So next day early, breaaaaakfast and faaaast

New trailer in Magdeburg (25 days, 1336Km)

After some Km with trailer “broken” finnally brokes for all parts. Just in the worst moment trying to find the place of the meeting point of Cs members , in the middle of noway outside of the centre city “Crack”. Some people didn’t wanted to help me, anothers I prefer that don’t help me like a Nazi people with some tattos symbols (my head start to remember some friend talking about hell angels “we will cut the ear”); and the night is coming until somebody helpme to find the meeting point of Cs, with his iPhone.

But it not was in a restaurant the meeting point nye it was in Fabios Pizza mean the home of somebody how can I now if almost people writte the messages in German. Fortunatly they can help me to take all my things out of the street, before my host comming to the meeting.

My head it doesn’t stops to think about what can I do also is Saturday and Monday it will be holidays because is 1st of November, so thats mean that I need to wait more days to see some bike shop open. After a lot of hours still in the meeting doing almost nothing just thinking about, whhile the rest of the people is talking about I dont Know just the talk in German. Today one hour more because is going to change the hour but I think I will not feel. Is like 02:00 and is moment to leave the meeting to take all my stuff and go to the house of my host, long way to take the trailer with my hands. Finnally we arrive, and I just want to sleep and forget this fucking day.

Next day I decided to go to the hostel it will be easy for tomorrow to find a bike shop in the centre, before to go to the youth hostel we go to visit the city, Cathedral otomano thomb with her british wife, st Paul… Gaudí, pression air, bufon, walls, river, elbe, thousand years, casttle, towers…. ok but is not the best day to see the history of the city. Just I want to go to the hostel and relax…

Now better, will see tomorrow what can I do finnally is not a holiday so the shops will be open.

Not all conversations in the lifts are just to talk about the weather this conversation was really special so finnally Fabian wanted to help me with my fu… trailer broken, if you can I can call somebody and you can stay more time if you need in a squad, ahh  perfect. Just go to take a beer and you can meet my friend he also will help you another cycletourist; crazy Toni with his trips around Asia and In North America, will see what we can do with the trailer see you tomorrow. Finnally is not possible to stay in the squad but Fabian offer me his place to stay for some days. I try to go to some shops but anything they dont have idea about my problem, also I go to the ACDF and it was really nice to meet David he try to help me giveme some adresses for other shops that he think maybe they could help me; finnally we decided to find the piece in internet, but it was better we found in Ebay the trailer for less price and in less than 48 they will send me,  perfect.

So what is my sorpraise when Toni call me at the next day and sayme the trailer is here, ohhh less than 24 hours this is fast. So I mount and it looks better than the last, while Toni and Fabian made a jokes  about how long time will take to break another time…. so ready to go tomorrow.  In Fabian´s house with Toni and finnally with my new trailer

So we say good bye with Fabian at night, because he needs to go to work tomorrow early. When I gave all the stuff ready I just put the keys in the mailbox and I forgot the box to send to Spain ohhh shit, so I wait until 15:00 to Fabians sorpraise I am here. So the next day finnally I leave Magdeburg after five days but very happy to meet Fabian and Toni, See you soon!!!