Day 7: 19km (+750m. uphill and 1100m. downhill)
As the clouds move over for a few seconds I see the chapel at the settlement of Velji Zalazi. Velji Zalazi sounds promising. Once, it used to be a village in the middle of the mountains high above the bay of the Kotor. Now it’s no more than ruins. And the chapel.
I really, really, really hope the chapel isn’t locked, like all other chapels I passed by hiking the PPT. It has been raining all morning. Raining cats and dogs-style. I’m getting cold. My clothes are getting moist. Like my backpack. I really, really, really don’t want my sleeping bag to get wet.
Today started pretty OK, from the hotel I hiked up to Vidikovac, offering great views. As I hiked down it started to rain. At the NP’s border there’s restaurant where I ate a hot lunch. Here, I met a guide and a group of French hikers. They were picked up by their driver, no more hiking for them in this weather.
As I get closer to the village I see the chapel still has a roof. And the roof is mostly covered by roof tiles. Oh, yeah! Promising signs!
Leaving the restaurant the trail started out as an unpaved road: fast and easy hiking. However, at some point the unpaved road turned into an overgrown trail full of rocks and cow pats. This combined with the large quantities of rain makes me gliding and sliding down to the chapel.
Windows are broken, a lot of tiles have fallen of the roof and there are large cracks in the walls. The door is closed, but… it’s unlocked.
Oh! How happy I am!
While heating water for Scandinavian-style warm lemonade I hang my gear and clothes to dry. Later I find a spot next to the cemetery to set up Tarptent.
That night, when I lay in my sleeping bag I hear a cruise ship blowing it’s horn one, down at the bay.
Up here there’s rains.
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Written on my mobile phone while hiking the PPT.