a windy journey across the mountains
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We had lunch in Zadar and then boarded our bus for the trip to Opatija which was supposed to be merely a few hours travel through the mountains on the new limited-access highway.A1. However the strong winds we’d noticed in the morning were now a real problem for the bus and we couldn’t risk the mountain bridges on the A1. We had to take an old road through the mountains that was much less direct and went through small villages scattered through these mountains. The wind and ominous clouds were threatening.
First the bus
climbed through deserted towns that had been home to Serbians living in
We continued up through the mountains, around hair-pin turns, with the wind occasionally making the bus sway as we rounded a corner. There were no guard railings between the edge of the road and the sheer drop below. Looking down over the edge we could see the burned hulk of cars that had gone off the cliffs and never been retrieved. It was scary but luckily we had a good driver and finally made it up to the little alpine towns clustered along the road at the other side of the mountains. The houses had snow-load roofs without the red clay tiles we’d seen everywhere else. It looked Alpine. It was 40 degrees up there when it had been in the 80s by the coast in Zadar.
Finally at 7 p.m. we made it to Opatija – at least four hours later than expected. We were all exhausted but we had dinner in the hotel before turning in for the night. It was really good to be back at sea level along the coast again.