Tag: camping

Pinched grapes and a clumsy thief

Balkans Cycling Trip, days 39-40 13-14 August 2017: Permët- Gërmenj Out of two options, we choose the shorter and more difficult one, but it is more interesting and quieter for sure. This day offers probably the most beautiful landscapes of the whole trip as we leave the Vjosa valley and reach Leskovik. We ride past…

By Viktor August 19, 2017 4

Stray dogs and rooftop camping

Balkans cycling trip, Days 28-29 2-3 August 2017: Qeparo – Ksamil A short day’s cyling along the picturesque Albanian Riviera and coffee stops in some lovely villages on the way. Then another day by the sea – perhaps we’re getting lazy? Rooftop camping in Ksamil is highly recommended! Distance: 52 km Total distance: 1373 km…

By Viktor August 7, 2017 0

Goats and bridges

Day 16 (21 July): Shengjin –  Ulez Distance: 50 km Total distance: 917 km The last night in Shengjin I checked the map and our route once again and I noticed that the road we wanted to take was not just very low category (meaning that it could easily be a gravel road) but it…

By Viktor July 25, 2017 0

Watermelon and grubby workshops

Days 14-15 (19-20 July): Shkodër – Shengjin Distance: 65 + 20 km Total distance: 867 km Three years ago when Aron and I were on our way back to Montenegro, we spent two days on the beach in Shengjin, a popular holiday destination for Albanians. We liked the laid-back atmoshphere and the campsite, where hens,…

By Viktor July 25, 2017 0

Hairpin bends and helpful priests

Day 13 (18 July): Vermosh – Shkoder Distance: 89 km Total distance: 782 km After a wuthering day of doing practically nothing, we were all ready to cross the mountains although we knew it wouldn’t be an easy ride. Two passes were ahead of us. The first one, 1355 m over sea level, seemed to…

By Viktor July 23, 2017 0

A near miss and friendly neighbours

Balkans Cycling Trip, day 8 We climb the first serious hills of our trip in Central Serbia and I nearly get hit by a careless driver. Breathtaking views of artificial lakes and another heartwarming experience with the friendly Serbs 13rd July 2017: Tatinac – Bistrica (Nova Varos) Distance: 85 km  Total distance: 505 km The…

By Viktor July 16, 2017 4

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

Good people and more good people

Balkans cycling trip, Day 4 9 July 2017: Smerski Karlovci – A valley near Sabac Distance: 93 km Total distance: 253 km It took us four days to fall in love with Serbia. Not that we didn’t experience sincere hospitality on the first two cycling days but we could easily put them down to the…

By Viktor July 10, 2017 1