03 May 2011

Travel Blog - Part 5




The journey along the coast road from Split to Ploce was slow but very pleasant with lovely scenery – sea and islands on one side and tall, craggy mountains on the other. 
We had allowed plenty of time to get to the ferry and – 3½ hours early – were second  in the queue.  Apparently buying tickets in advance does not guarantee a place on the ferry, the queuing system does!  
When the ferry arrived we were pleasantly surprised to see it was a fairly new boat – conventional drive-on drive-off ferry.  Last time we made the journey it  was an old tank landing craft and we had to back on to it – staff watching all vehicles to make sure they didn’t ‘ground’ on the slope, and ready with mats in case help was needed  – and the trailer had been man-handled on separately.  Things are definitely progressing in this part of the world.  
Landing 45 minutes later at Trpanj we then had to negotiate the narrow winding road around and up over the mountain.  Not the most pleasant journey for anyone of a nervous disposition!  Fortunately not a lot of traffic and we made the journey without dropping down into a deep ditch or a field where there were no barriers at the side of the road.  
Arrived at the campsite at Orebic about 40 minutes later having ignored the wonderful Sat-nav which really wanted us to turn left after the mountain and go via Dubrovnik – there and back on the same road, adding another 120 or so miles to the journey!  As I said before Sat-navs can be good, but common sense is better!  
Settled on the pitch we had booked in advance, with a beautiful view out across the water.  Now for 3 weeks of not doing very much!


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