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Happy Endings - Fran in Montenegro. Part 3.

By Fran Maitland , 12 July, 2016

We all love a day with a Happy Ending and today was no exception.

It started well with pancakes for breakfast (and there were some very creative toppings) and continued on throughout the day.

Before leaving we had a ‘do it yourself’ lunch, where everyone made their own wrap. Some became every creative and I’m sure there will be a competition for the best wrap at lunchtime! The Gluten Free eaters are well looked after as well and put together a very good salad

We motored along the bay and found a good spot to start our first crossing. Pinks left first led by the Little Mermaid and off they bobbed. They are all loving their group and claim although slower they get to see more along the way. No racing for them.

Next the combined yellows and orange. Steve is leading with Lady Mary and Serial Trekker and I swam along with Jackie Wills ( now known as the singing budgie)keeping arm by arm. It’s wonderful to swim along comfortably and not feel pressured. I’m still in fins but that doesn’t bother me. I love being able to swim and know I’ll finish easily.

After about 2.5 km we stopped at a small settlement with a church perched high in the hill behind it. Pietro even provided an outdoor shower. Delicious!

Eleven swimmers became walkers and set off for the church. A few of us stayed behind for coffee and spent some time finding nicknames for all the Trekkers.

By the time the walkers returned it was hot, hot, hot, so in they went for a quick pre-lunch swim and started a synchronised swimming session. We are thinking of asking Swim Trek to include Synchronised Swimming as one of its activities. So much fun. They are almost Olympic standard.

Our second crossing was planned and this time we would be crossing back over the Bay of Kotor and finishing at a beach bar! Now that’s a great incentive to swim straight and fast.

It was about 2 km back over and we all made it in good time. Such a beautiful swim. The people relaxing on the beach looked somewhat surprised to see us swim in and walk out of the water to the showers followed quickly by a trip to the bar. These bay side bars are very popular here and with good reason.

We enjoyed a few beers and boy do they taste great after a long swim. Sometimes we even have 2!

Back to the Orca and heading for home with Racey Tracey dancing up a storm before we noticed one of the Duckies had broken loose! A quick turn around and our very sober guide Colldark’ rescued it to a chorus of cheering from the swimmers.

After much needed showers we had another group dinner and our fare wells to Jen. You’ll be missed Jen especially Tacey as she’ll miss her morning cup of tea .

And so ends another day.


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