We walked 26 kms today – all of it on pavement. Hard on the legs and feet. But soooo good to be back on the trail again. Not actually “the” trail as we’ve abandoned the official route in favour of one that takes us through places where we can secure accommodation. This is no easy task! We walked all day along the coast – the beautiful sunny Adriatic. Beaches stretching their golden sand off in both directions. Sea calm and warm and swimmable. Dozens and dozens of hotels in idilic settings – closed. Not just done for the season. These places have been closed for months or years. It was like walking through a post apocalyptic landscape. Desolate. Sad. Creepy.
The creepiness got us to thinking of some other odd moments on this trip so – not in chronological order – is a recap of some of our conversations.
“Hey Pat – Look a a horned viper!”
Pat does this crazy leap and hop across the road – “Stay away from the viper Kim!”
“Hey Pat – Look a band of nice stray dogs!”
Pat takes swift evasive action – “Kim those dogs aren’t playing, they’re chasing us!”
“Hey Pat – Look, I’ve carried a cold beer in my back pack for the past 12 kms!”
Pat’s eyes light up – “You’re not carrying it an other step. We’re drinking the damn thing right now even if it is only 11:30 in the morning.”
“Hey Pat – Look there’s a police man right here with riot gear on.”
Pat frowns – “He looks ridiculous smoking that e-cigarette.”
“Hey Pat – Are those war ships in the harbour?”
Pat looks askance -“What the f@#* Kim!”
Yup – it’s all true!