An excellent start to our day then but itís now time to reenter Croatia in order to spend our night at Makarska, a picturesque bay / summer resort on the Adriatic coast and with something special in our mind for next morning
Iíve ridden through the Italian, Swiss, French, Austrian, even the Transylvanian Alps through the years so for this year I was looking for something similar yet different at the same time, and I managed to find it in the form of the Dinaric Alps.
Sveti Jure or Saint Georgeís Pass is the highest paved road in Croatia and as an extra bonus it starts inside the Biokovo National Park, before launching up to almost two kilometers of altitude towards the top. That sounds great by itself yet the big difference is the fact that riders have the sea literally by their side, although quite a bit lower, during the whole route to the top of the mountain!
So we start to climb just outside Makarska before turning left at the entrance of the Biokovo National Park where we pay a six euro entrance fee. Very soon we find ourselves inside an amazing pine tunnel that later turns into an amazing helical ascend with great views of the Adriatic coast
The middle part of the park and our route is a rough plateau with amazing flora somehow spawning out of bare rock, wild horses and unique species of wildflowers, but the absolute best part begins while approaching the top and the medieval chapel of Saint George. The road is very narrow, barely wide enough for a car, the incline very steep and the surface slippery and difficult and while approaching every blind, breathtaking corner you get ever so closer to the edge of the chasm below!
The top is almost always in my line of sight and with good rhythm and caution I am climbing higher and higher and I feel like flying, with the sunny weather on my side, and when I finally reach the summit itís like parking my bike on the heavens!
After this exhilarating ride the unique views are there to amaze and relax me, with the whole ridge of the Dinaric Alps stretching over the blue of the Adriatic and the horizon lost into infinity. All the magic of motorcycle riding and travelling in a nutshell!