At first glance, it seemed that the battery would last indefinitely. Still soon enough, even before the town of Škrip, it became clear that it would be necessary to conserve and continue at one’s own pace with minimal assistance.
To Nerežišč, the road led us along a less frequented asphalt road. From there on, we had to join the main road connecting Nerezisce and Bol. We tried to find a macadam path, but it was unsuitable for the borrowed bikes. The magnificent views of Supetar and towards Split, the peace and quiet of nature, tempted us to persevere on this path, but we could only progress on foot. So we returned to the main road.
Until now, we were in tune with the bikes and the route. It is very important to cycle in rhythm, adjusting the power or gear ratio to the rhythm. One should cycle as fast uphill as on the flat; the power varies as much as the body allows at that given moment. So we cycled in rhythm and the shade of the pine trees to the top, to Vidova Gora.
The prize? If you think about it: breathtaking panoramas of a coastline (Bol, Zlatni rat, Hvar, Vis, etc.) that seemingly are on forever. As we rested from the strenuous ascent, the sun’s rays glinted off the ocean’s blue surface.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to celebrate our accomplishment with a well-earned beer at the summit, something that at least one expedition member had been looking forward to since at least the town of Škrip. We aimed to return the bikes before sundown, so we skipped the refreshingly cool drink and headed down into the valley.
We let the island’s charm enthrall us once more as we descended. We raced down the steep route that had brought us from the chill of the summit to the searing heat of the coast below. Enjoying the fresh air and breeze in our hair was an unforgettable experience.
Returning the bikes to Postira, we agreed that the trip had been well worth the effort, and who knows, maybe someday we’ll go back to the peak of Vidova gora at sunset with a beer in hand.