After I'd bought my Royal Enfield Himalayan several people on different occasions said "You have to meet Dave!" At Christmas time I did get the chance to meet Dave. He also owns a Himalayan and did an epic trip up the centre with it as soon as he bought it. He was actually visiting Cradle when I met him. We rode out to the Lake, walked to a look oh and had dinner at the Lodge, all the time talking and comparing notes about our bikes. So much so that our other company felt ignored!!
A few months later we met again at the Bright Film Festival.
Daves challenge was for me to swim under the waterfalls in the Krka National Park in Croatia.
I did a little bit of google homework and learned that one of Tesla's hydro power plants was built here in 1895 and Croatian cities received electricity before many other European cities. I also learned that they had probihited swimming in most of the Park. oh!
The Krka National Park, like the Plitvice NP has spectacular travertine barriers that create the waterfalls. It also has remnants of a Roman aqueduct and military camp. There are 14 C fortresses, a Fransician Monastry perched on an island in one of the lakes and many water mills (pre-industrial), washing columns and corn grinding mills. An exceptional area, and not yet listed as World Heritage.
i decided that an early start was a good idea, to beat the crowds. I was on her first boat up the river and low and behold I'm sitting next to a couple from Hobart!! I spent the day with them, happily chatting away about this and that. They also are motorcyclists, they left their bike in Tassie though.
We were commenting on the darkening skies as we boated up the river, then as we were waiting for the second boat, to visit the Fransician Monastry the heavens opened! Thank goodness, I hope this is the end of the heat wave and I can enjoy my motorcycling without thinking I'm going to melt into the road. It rained for most of the day, stopping of course when we got back to our accom.
So I did take a swim, yes, the water almost seems warm. The main waterfalls are roped off from the swimming area, so I didn't get to swim under the waterfall, close to it though.
There is more about Nicola Tesla in another post,
The island with the Franciscan Monastry also housed a small museum. One whole room was filled with photos of churches destroyed by the Serbs in the early 1990's. This document is a harsh reminder of what it must have been like in Yugoslavia 25 years ago.