Days 34 – 35: Prenj Mountain Is A Wicked Beauty

I’m nervous about this next stage. It sounds beautiful but the trail is described as “unbelievably steep.” I thought most of the trail has already been steep, how is it possible that it gets worse? I look at the elevation profile on my map and see a nearly vertical line. It looks like we’ll be … Continue reading Days 34 – 35: Prenj Mountain Is A Wicked Beauty

Day 33: Čvrsnica Mountain

It’s another day starting with a climb up a mountain, I guess this will be the trend here in Bosnia. This climb is pretty mellow and when I get to the top I’m giddy to see a nice trail and beautiful green meadows surrounded by jagged peaks. It’s so nice to feel like we’re in … Continue reading Day 33: Čvrsnica Mountain

Day 32: Connecting the Dots and Climbing Mountains

Today we get to summit a series of mountains. There’s an initial steep uphill but once I’m on top it’s another game of connect the dots as I follow the spine of the mountain range. Once again there’s no official trail, just the dots to guide you, but it’s really easy to see where I … Continue reading Day 32: Connecting the Dots and Climbing Mountains

Days 29 – 31: First Days In Bosnia

We take a trail zero (a day off on trail without going into town) at Busko Lake. It storms on us for most of the day but I’m happy for an excuse to lay in my tent and read and write and nap. In the afternoon there’s a break in the storm for a few … Continue reading Days 29 – 31: First Days In Bosnia

Day 28: Last day in Croatia and a Day of Firsts

We’re packed up and walking by 6:30 am. We have to walk the highway for at least 10 more miles until we pass the village of Otok and start a pilgrimage route called Our Lady of Sinj. We pass lots of houses and snag a couple apples from a tree hanging over the road. People … Continue reading Day 28: Last day in Croatia and a Day of Firsts

Day 27 : Cetina River and Ivan the Medicine Man

I don’t sleep well and feel groggy and sluggish as we begin to walk. During the flat paved sections of road I close my eyes periodically for 10 to 20 seconds and try to micro-nap. Today it’s all road and mostly asphalt...ugh. We see the source of the Cetina River in the morning. It’s around … Continue reading Day 27 : Cetina River and Ivan the Medicine Man

Days 24 – 26: Up and Over Dinara, Croatia’s Tallest Peak

We leave Gračac in the late afternoon, stopping at a restaurant about 2 miles down the road for one last chance to fill our bellies. We have to walk the highway for a few miles and then we turn off onto dirt and gravel roads. We’re mostly following a bike route into Knin, a fairly … Continue reading Days 24 – 26: Up and Over Dinara, Croatia’s Tallest Peak

Day 23: Crnopac into Gračac

We’ve been on the trail for just over three weeks now. We have just about 100 miles left to hike in Croatia and then we enter Bosnia. We’re looking forward to entering another country. Croatia has been beautiful but the trails haven’t been the most ideal. I’ve read that almost all of the Via Dinarica … Continue reading Day 23: Crnopac into Gračac

Days 21 – 22: Paklenica National Park

We start the day with a climb to the top of Veliki Stolac, the mountain just behind the hut. It’s another amazing view of the sea and the surrounding peaks. We follow the Velebit Hiking Trail the rest of the day. It’s pretty well marked but still a bit overgrown in parts. Around lunch time … Continue reading Days 21 – 22: Paklenica National Park

Day 20: Velebit National Park to Sugarska Hut

Unfortunately another night with no sleep. There are some serious snorers in the hut and it’s too hot in there and my legs are so itchy from another run-in with nettles the previous day. We head out early after a quick cold porridge for breakfast—we usually cold-soak oats and chia seeds overnight for breakfast in … Continue reading Day 20: Velebit National Park to Sugarska Hut