Day Eight was a leisure day in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is certainly one of the beautiful, ancient cities in the Mediterranean and worthy of a great day of sight seeing. But we’ve already been here, twice, so we didn’t need a lot of sight seeing. We went into the old town for dinner twice – arrival day and the day off – but didn’t need to do more. So instead of sight seeing we spent a very relaxed day at the beach. Sunbeds, umbrella, water, lunch – a pretty lazy day.
One crazy coincidence, though. The boat was tied up in the port area, a mile or two from the old city. As we were walking into town we noticed that when we were first in Dubrovnik nine years ago we’d stayed not far from the port and walked the same route into town. As we were taking a selfie some random tourist offered to take our picture for us … and we realized it was exactly the same place we’d taken a picture nine years earlier. See for yourself!
Then it was back to biking. Over the next couple of days we biked on the islands of Šipan, Mljet, and then again on Hvar, the other end of where we’d biked earlier on the trip. The first ride was pretty low-key, nothing too challenging, but the next day the tour guides for some reason changed plans and put us on the island of Mljet. The ride wasn’t long, just an out-and-back, but the return route was on a crazy steep hill; most of us on push bikes (as opposed to e-bikes) had to walk up a considerable portion of it.
And then a long ride on Hvar that was pretty tough, some 34 miles with three tough climbs. Of course three tough climbs means lots of long downhills, too, but it’s the long climbs that really get to you. Add to that some brutal heat. To be honest, it’s just too hot to enjoy the biking these days, well up into the 90s on the long ride on Hvar. Which also makes meals on the boat when we’re not at sea pretty unbearable, too. Ugh.
The good news about the biking here is the fantastic wine: between wine bars that we find in little towns and a wine tasting we did in Trstenik on the Peljašic peninsula we’re discovering really great wines. And as long as I’m talking about what we love, the opportunity to bike into and spend time in lots of little towns – some really little but still either cute or outright beautiful – has been great.
On the down side, of course, is the heat, the hills, and … COVID! Yup, four of our ship mates have tested positive over the last few days. Nobody has been sick beyond just a little tired and cough and so on, but that’s certainly not ideal. The good news is that after those four cases several days ago no one else has gotten sick. We spend an enormous amount of time outside, either biking or on deck, and those who’ve tested positive stay separate. So far at least that’s working.
Now back to biking. We’d appreciate it if this heat wave would break, but not much sign of it in the forecasts.