So so pretty, I really want to stay here a while.. a man notices me and walks up and starts asking questions. He is on holiday from the city of Zagreb, and speaks English fairly well. He had many many questions! But that is part of the fun for me. If I was just a woman on a jetty, you most likely wouldn't get so much interest. This also answers the question to so many people who ask me why I chose to ride a motorcycle around the world, surely there is an easier way! Yes there is! Much easier! I have many answers to that, but in this scenario, as they ask if I get lonely, usually not! I am always meeting people, simply because they see a motorcycle with a foreign license plate!
However, it is getting late, and I must get back on the road to Punat to meet Nikola. Nikola had given me some good advice and mentioned their daughter also rides motorcycle. I felt comfortable talking on email. When I made my way to the house, a man comes out to greet me! I was expecting a woman!! It really threw me off for a moment.. I have a good friend from New Zealand who is a Nicola, and female!
It turns out Nikola is a common name here in Croatia.. for men.. ha!
So, again, I am surprised... it turns out that Nikola Mrakovcic is very well known in the motorcycle community as he has contributed his riding adventures and photos in several magazines! Right there is a great example again of how lucky I am to meet the most amazing people on this journey!
Have a look at his website... www.NMsite.com
Which I have only just seen now myself.. Because here, at Nikola's house, is where my computer decides to die.
We were exchanging stories about our Russia adventures, and at the point he explains he had an accident on a dirt road in Russia near Gorno Altai, a place I recently visited, I hear him mention Mark! Remember Mark, the man in Novosibirsk who helped me so INCREDIBLY much!! Years ago, he helped Nikola too!! What a seriously SMALL world! I was only "delivered" to Mark's house to stay in Russia after arriving his city at 11pm, never heard of him or knew where I was being taken. Who would have thought I would meet a man in Croatia who was helped by the same man in Russia, nearly 5000 km away!! Weirding me out.. here is a photo from Nikola's site with Mark, third from the right in 2006
And here he is getting me an ice cream in Russia 2010!
Well, I wanted to show Nikola my photos from Russia, but my computer is not going to have that.
Oh well, I have had a fun day, and tomorrow, Nikola and his family want to show me around Krk before I continue my journey south.
I really enjoyed my time exploring Krk with Nikola and his family. He is a passionate motorcycle adventurer, so check out his website!
As for me, I know it's time to make a move towards Zadar down the coast.