08.03.2009 8 °C
After breakfast we took a meander around Venice. It was cool but lovely and sunny so perfect for wandering around the canals.
After a relaxing morning we carted all of our stuff to the nearest boat point - not too far, but very sweaty work - where we took a very relaxing boat ride round to pick up the boys.
We took the motorway towards Triese, right in the top-right corner of Italy, stopping just before for fuel and a snack. Roger leaked fuel everywhere at one point as we were looking at our route! Trieste is the boundary of the map coverage that we have on our sat-nav at the moment, so it was good old fashioned orientiering this afternoon. Couldn't have been an easier first day for it though really - we had to take the A1, then the A2, then the A3. Excellent.
We entered Slovenia for a transit ride, but we had to pay for a 6 month vignette to use the motorway for the afternoon (my map has shown itself to be out of date already!).
At the Croatian border we had to show our passport for the first time since the UK, first to leave Slovenia and then to enter Croatia. I got asked a few questions and had to remove my helmet for the police girl at the border, then as I waited nearby for Ed to come through she put her hat on and came out of the booth to ask me why I was still there, moving me on. If that's as bad as the border crossings get then I'll be happy!
Entering Zagreb and finding our feet we pulled over to check the map and out of nowhere an extremely helpful and extremely attractive local woman (there are lots of those) pointed us in the right direction. We found a hotel and it was like stepping back in time for me as it was exactly the same one I stayed in around 8 years ago with John and Ollie, but this time with a crazy doorman who laughed all the time and had a bit of a twitch.
We went out for food and drink and found a place with an extremely polite waiter. We're hoping to sort a few things out on the bike tomorrow and change the oil, so fingers crossed we can find a motorbike shop!
244 miles today takes us up to exactly 6300.