Up at 8 for an edible breakfast. I headed off to Plitvice National Park across the road. A pair of hitchhikers had given me their entrance ticket yesterday so I entered for free. The park was spectacular full of waterfalls of all sizes and beautiful turquoise pools. I walked around the paths for 4 hours and came home to the campground for a swim where I met some Brits complaining to no end about life in England. They all were terribly pasty white and not particularly good looking. I ate around 7 and as I was finishing two Canadian girls set up their tent next to mine. It was the same tent as mine.
5August1974: Gruelling Travel Day to Ljubljana
Up early for an ambitious destination of Ljubljana. It was already hot as can be at 07:30. I snagged my first ride in only 15 minutes from a Yugoslav believe it or not. We took the highway to Zagreb and it was a real two-lane highway so we were in Zagreb jiffy quick. I had an hour walk to get to the next road in the blazing sun. My Munich bag finally hit the dust. Melting shoe and now a busted bag requiring me to jam up my already crowded knapsack. I got a lift to the road to Ljubljana. But I needed to walk some distance to get a spot and the sun was ferocious. A two hour wait for a lift that took me a mere 20 kms. I had to walk up a big hill to a gas station which was a good place to catch a lift which turned out to be a lift to Ljubljana. There was so much traffic heading south mostly Germans who love Yugoslavia. I could not remember where the youth hostel I stayed at last year was so had to go to a tourist agency to find its location but it was not the same one I had bunked at last year. But at $2 it was the same price. I went to eat at a Maxi-Market a brand-new shopping complex and very modern like something out of Star Trek. I ate an excellent meal for $1. I walked around a bit and retuned back to the hostel for a shower.