Category: Europe

Fig jam and careless days

Balkans cycling trip, Days 24-27  29 July – 1 August 2017: Qeparo We thought we deserved a few days’ rest and Qeparo was the perfect place to relax. Lying on the beach, picking figs and preparing fig jam were the main programs during these 4 days. Distance: 0 km Total distance: 1321 km We felt…

By Viktor August 7, 2017 0

Forgotten roads and moonlike dust

Balkans cycling trip, Day 21 26 July 2017: Ura Vajgurorë – Greshicë My bicycle is finally repaired properly and after a short stop in historical Berat we continue south across the mountains. The route offers a row of surprises, good and bad, as we learn to ride our bikes on roads with potholes and huge stones covered…

By Viktor July 31, 2017 1

Rural idyll and smell of oil

Balkans cycling trip, Days 19-20 24-25 July 2017: Golem – Ura Vajgurore More visits to repair shops, donkeys, lovely lakes and delicious cakes. A long and tiring but also relaxing journey from the bustling tourist resorts and industrial cities to Central Albania’s farming country with a drop of oil. Distance: 102 + 10 km Total…

By Viktor July 30, 2017 0

Dust and getting lost

Balkans cycling trip, Day 17 22 July 2017: Ulez – Vore From the green mountains down to the plain. A long and exhausting day with a little from everything: crazy traffic and deserted dirt roads, big city crowd and goat herds, getting lost and luckily finding a nice hotel in the end Distance: 84 km…

By Viktor July 29, 2017 0

Shivering and lazing

Balkans Cycling Trip, Day 11 Just a cold, rainy day when we all we did was wait for the sun to appear from behind the clouds. 16th July 2017: Plav by the lake Distance: 0 km Total distance: 658 km This was the first day the bikes didn’t move a metre; they stayed chained to…

By Viktor July 19, 2017 0

Technical problems and a new country

Balkans Cycling Trip, Day 9 We follow rivers all day and enter Montenegro. Some serious technical problems make us a little worried and then it seems impossible to find a suitable place for camping in the narrow valley. But in the end we can enjoy the hospitality (and strawberries) of a Montenegrin family. 14 July…

By Viktor July 17, 2017 0

Donkeys and lots of rakiya

Balkans cycling trip, Day 7 A relaxed day with new friends, both human and non-human, and lots of rakiya. Just for the taste of it. 12 July 2017: Chilling out in Tatinac village Distance: 17 km Total distance: 420 km The churchyard was quiet and we knew we only had to cycle a few kilometres…

By Viktor July 16, 2017 1

Uphill struggle and proper beds

Balkans cyling trip, Day 5 10 July 2017: Gornja Vranjska – Valjevo Distance: 62 km Total distance: 315 km We slept surprisingly well by the cornfield though we were a bit afraid that we’d be woken up by a tractor in the morning. That didn’t happen but just as I was standing outside the tent…

By Viktor July 12, 2017 0