My vacation came about in July and I needed to find a nice destination, some foreign country, to go mountain biking in. A country that would allow us disease ridden Swedes to enter. Slovenia, where I had gone many summers, was out of the question as it would not allow Swedes to stay for more than 12 hours (transit only). Croatia, however, I found out after contacting the consulate, had nothing against it. That's why I decided on Croatia.
I did some research on mountain bike trails and decided to visit north-western Croatia, quite close to the Slovenian border. The first two weeks were spent just north of Rijeka on the mainland and then I moved to the island Krk.
Packing the Honda
Since I started mountain biking I've had one kind of station wagon ('kombi') or another in order to be able to take bikes with me wherever I travel. Then just a few weeks before my vacation I bought a new car, which was NOT a station wagon. But it turned out to swallow all the bikes I needed (two Trek Top Fuel mountain bikes and one Bianchi Oltre road bike)
Meeting interesting people through Airbnb
I really love staying in different places through Airbnb as you get to meet the people who you're staying with. This particular vacation was a hit in that regard as I can't remember ever meeting so many friendly people. First on my stay on the mainland I stayed with Bojana Matešin who was extremely kind to me. She made me dinner pretty much every second day. Also she had some nice pets and a lovely garden.
The Corona Situation
Did Corona affect me in any way? The border checks on the Austrian/Slovenian border were very strict. I had to promise the Slovenian border guard to only pass through the country and show the booking for an apartment that I had in Croatia. On the Croatian border I had to give them my cell phone number and tell them where I was staying.
At the time that I arrived in Croatia they had actually lifted to tight rules they had about face masks in all public places but after just after a few days they reinstated them. This was because they had a bunch of new Corona cases in June. If you entered a Croatian food store without a mask the employees would get really upset and you would get a harsh telling to. I biked everywhere with a mask in my jersey pocket and would put it on as soon as I was among bigger groups of people. This was actually the first time that I used a face mask. It felt very strange at first, but became very natural after a while. Then it felt strange NOT using a mask when I came back to Sweden.
Why did I decide on Krk? Well, while I was still on the mainland I took a few rides across the bridge to the island and found the trails there rather amazing. After two weeks on the mainland I decided to search for a new apartment on the island. I found a nice place to live in the town Krk in Apartment Albert.
The cool thing about Krk is that it has all this great mountain bike terrain. It has a lot of marked courses with signs that look like this. The terrain on these official trail varies from dirt roads to seriously technical rocky singletrack and even some built downhills segments. I good full suspension bike with grippy tubeless tires is strongly recommended if you want to go fast (hunt Strava KOMs).