Author: wyldeandfree

Senj to Oltari: Getting to the Mountains

The contact with another human being had grounded me a bit, so having eaten some food, I got back on track with my priority – getting to the mountains. Two different sources had told me that a bus ran twice daily from Senj to Oltari, from where I could begin my hike, so I headed back into town to figure out the timetable. This proved to be an amusing endeavour. Here’s how it went down: Step 1: Check out an encouraging map of the Senj at the (closed) tourist info office which marked both a bus station and an...

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Senj: Unexpected Encounters

Senj is a small coastal town with little more than a layby for a bus station. I had only planned to transit through it, but what would an adventure be if plans didn’t change? A Spontaneous Change of Plans After getting very little sleep in Zadar the night before I left for Senj, I decided to stay a night in Senj and get a good night’s sleep before starting my hike. I also, frustratingly, still had work to finish, so staying in Senj gave me the chance to connect to wifi, finish up, and head into the mountains with...

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Choosing Which Section to Hike: How to Plan a Section Hike

PRE-S: Hey regular readers – I’m back! I know it’s been a while, but writing on the trail from my phone didn’t work very well for me. I’m now processing and writing up some of my story of the hike and holiday on the Via Dinarica. Come along for the ride if you’d like! The first thing you have to do when you plan a section hike is decide which section to hike. I, like many backpackers before me, chose to section hike because I wanted to taste the magic of thru-hiking without giving months of my life to...

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Zadar: Preparing to Hike

The weeks before I flew to Croatia to begin section hiking the Via Dinarica were mad. We did a lot of socialising, Aaron was working really hard and I was trying to finish up my teaching and marking for the term, and make sure I had sorted my church commitments for while I was away. I was also spending what felt like an inordinate amount of time trying to plan this holiday. Maybe it was a little ambitious to plan to do this kind of long-distance hiking for the first time in a new-to-me country, alone, when we didn’t...

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Section Hike the Via Dinarica

I’m in Croatia, doing a solo section hike of the Via Dinarica. The plan for this adventure emerged (as most adventures do) over the course of a series of conversations, daydreams, serendipitous inspiration moments and SO MANY Google searches. But if I’m honest, it probably all started with me crying in a cafe. It’s been hard to dream as big or as optimistically as usual recently. I believe dreams are worth fighting for but when the fight has left you (or your loved ones) exhausted, disappointed and battle-wounded again and again it can be hard to keep on dreaming,...

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