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Old 11-12-2011, 06:18 AM   #31
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A November ride to Bjelasnica.

I put a new gas tank and seat on the DR and took it for a quick ride this morning to see how it all fits together.



I headed out of the city and up towards Bjelasnica (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjela%C5%A1nica)







It was pretty cold, but the bike was running like a race horse.



This is up at the ski area - pardon the finger!



There was snow in the trees up above. I can't wait to hit these slopes with my skis in another month.



Here is the lift.



I wanted to get a rakija to warm up, but the bar was closed.



There is a lot of building going on in preparation for winter.



I decided to head to the back side of the mountain. Here is a view from the road that will take me around to
the back.







Just coming around the back side of the ski mmountain.



The ski area is on the other side of the bald mountain behind the bike.



The road snakes through the valley ahead.



The road is full of these turns.



Coming into a village and a choice to make.



I chose Rakitnica. I had never been here before, but I knew there is a Rakitnica gorge. The village was not in the
gorge though.

Check out the old wooden minaret on the mosque. I like the older, simpler architecture better than the new, modern concrete and glass stuff that is being built.



Coming out of Rakitnica and heading back towards Bjelasnica.



I stopped for a drink of water.



The back side of Bjelasnica.



Obligatory self portrait! My family knows there is one of these in every string of photos I take.



A short break out of the wind and in the sun. It felt good here!



Back towards the city and home!


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Old 11-13-2011, 12:25 AM   #32
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Great scenery. I was in Bosnia (and Croatia & Slovenia) 4 years ago and I can't wait to go back sometime. Beautiful countries, great food, awesome people.
My family and I really like it here. I have been in and around the region for a few years, but just recently got a bike again. It is a great way to see everything with a new perspective.

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Old 11-13-2011, 12:29 AM   #33
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The Balkans are a nice place to ride. I have spent a lot of time in Virginia, but never had a bike there. Is there much off-road riding to be had around DC?
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:34 AM   #34
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More, please. :)
The riding must be amazing in South Africa. I have a friend who spent a couple years in Cape Town and never wanted to leave.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:47 AM   #35
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YUUUUUM! I luv calamari,


some nice country there
One of my favorite things is to ride to the coast for seafood. There is a town called in Croatia called Mali Ston that has oyster beds. There is nothing better than eating oysters fresh from the sea.

The scenary and history are both very dramatic here. It is an exciting place to explore.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:51 AM   #36
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thanks for the wonderful ride report
we appreciate that you shared with us
your thread illustrates one of the main reasons we all love this fine community: getting to see parts of the world to which most of us can never travel.

well done
one thing: i wish you hadn't made your SECOND set of images so much smaller than the first

thanks again
I am glad you enjoyed the little bit that I posted. The first pictures I put up were resized on my computer and posted individually. I later learned about hosting photos on another site and using a link to post. That is where the different sizing came from.

I am continuing to learn about posting here and hope to continue contributing.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:00 AM   #37
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Thanks for the report Home Brew, I'm considering heading to the Balkans next summer so it's nice to see what's waiting for me.

Would you be kind enough to answer a couple of questions for me?
First, you mentioned the mines. Our government travel advice suggests not leaving the road at all in Bosnia - are they everywhere or are they confined to clearly signed areas?

Second, I'm likely to be on my Amrstrong, an ex-British Army despatch bike. Given the history, do you think I'm likely to offend anyone or have any issues in that part of the world?



Thanks again!

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Old 11-13-2011, 02:16 AM   #38
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Thanks for the report Home Brew, I'm considering heading to the Balkans next summer so it's nice to see what's waiting for me.

Would you be kind enough to answer a couple of questions for me?
First, you mentioned the mines. Our government travel advice suggests not leaving the road at all in Bosnia - are they everywhere or are they confined to clearly signed areas?

Second, I'm likely to be on my Amrstrong, an ex-British Army despatch bike. Given the history, do you think I'm likely to offend anyone or have any issues in that part of the world?



Thanks again!

Alex
I am pretty sure you would not offend anyone or have any problems with your bike. You should have it registered and insured to keep from having problems with the police though. In my experience, the people here are very friendly and welcoming to foreigners.

Not all mine fields in Bosnia are marked very well, or the markings have been overgrown, removed or knocked over. I am not certain about how well marked they are in Croatia, but I would use caution in some parts of Croatia too. Most mine fields were placed in the former front line areas of the war though. I will ask around and see what I can find out, but I believe you can get a minefield map from the NATO camp in Butmir. The map changes as they clear fields or find new areas - the map is just a guide and will give you a general idea. You need to use caution if in an area you are not familiar with.

Here are some simple practices that will keep you safe in most places though.

1. This one if obvious, but if there are minefield markings, observe them.
2. Stay out of any abandoned, war damaged buildings whether there are markings or not.
3. If the area looks like nobody goes there, you should not go there either. What I mean is if the trail is overgrown, or the grass is not cut, or the orchard is not tended, you should probably stay out. I would not go onto someone's farm anyway without permission.

There are a lot of dirt tracks where you can ride a bike and be perfectly safe. You may want to think twice about getting off the path in some areas and that is where a map or local friend would help. I would not go blazing trails through the forest, but I would not hesitate to go down a travelled path through the forest.

If you get down this way next summer, look me up!

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Old 11-13-2011, 02:31 AM   #39
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Thanks for the detailed answer. I have full civilian documentation for the bike so that shouldn't be a problem.

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Old 11-13-2011, 01:15 PM   #40
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Nicely done Home Brew... I'll be in Europe this summer for 8 weeks and plan to spend some of that time exploring the Balkins.

Regards, Paul
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:56 AM   #41
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Nicely done Home Brew... I'll be in Europe this summer for 8 weeks and plan to spend some of that time exploring the Balkins.

Regards, Paul
Will you be riding the whole time? There is plenty to see and explore in this corner of Europe. I will still be here for at least another year. If you get to Sarajevo, give me a shout!
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:51 AM   #42
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:00 AM   #43
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Wow! Great ride report! Loved it. Beautiful photos, made me home sick.

Me, the Balkans next year, still not sure as to do 4 weeks or more?
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:08 PM   #44
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Sorry for my poor grammar, but nice pictures are not hard when you live in a beautiful place!
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Wow! Great ride report! Loved it. Beautiful photos, made me home sick.

Me, the Balkans next year, still not sure as to do 4 weeks or more?
More is always better!
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