Why Split? A good question. The Adriatic Coast is beautiful and it allowed Jamie and I a month of exploring 1,500 miles over seven countries with a seaside finale. That was reason enough.
From Belgium, we averaged around 100km/day through Holland and into Germany. That sort of distance allowed decent mileage while enabling exploring time en route. It became as much about the culture and people we met along the way as the cycling and route planning.
We followed the Rhine before taking in the city of Ulm, the fantastic university town of Heidelberg and finally ending up in Munich before our advance into Austria . Kitzbuhel and the Grossglockner Pass – a stunning and challenging cycling road – was next.
A couple of fairly interesting navigational decisions took us briefly (and rather surprisingly) into Italy before we ended up in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We continued south and finally made it into our seventh and final country, Croatia.
We moved along the coast, island hopped along the Adriatic, topped up our tan and tweaked ropey swimming techniques. We made it to Split in good time and returned to the UK with questionable haircuts, tan lines but great memories.