Bad winter in Montenegro?.. Local knowledge please

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  1. freelancefoto

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    We are travelling within Montenegro on the 14 of April from Zabljak to Pluzine and would like to travel over the Durmitor national park 'Sedlo Route' which looks awesome!!

    But will it be open. I can't find any reports online and one post on a 'tin top' travel site says it is closed to may:eek1

    Do any local rider riders know the score with this amazind road??

    thanks in advance....

    BTW we go in two days so any advice would be great...
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  2. freelancefoto

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    anyone???
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  3. rok1679

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    Sorry but I didn't find any first hand info about pass conditions. But this is from my knowledge:

    There was very heavy snow this winter in Montenegro and many other parts of former Yugoslavia (except Slovenia).
    It is not unsual there is snow in the MNE mountains till midlle May. So better time to come to mountains is end of May or June. Despite the country is pretty south toy you, at time you are travelling there is also normal to experience winter in Morocco's atlas mountains, eastern Turkey and western Iran - first hand info.
    In Yugoslavia there were many jokes about Montenegrians and their famous lazines ( brez zamjerke brača Crnogorci nadam se :D , ali ako ove berete dajte ako imate koju točniju informaciju momku ). So about clearing the road ... I would not count they'll do the work pre-dated.
    But if you don't have a choice and you'll be there. You can try. Maybe mother nature did the job if not Montenegrians.

    Greetings!
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  4. freelancefoto

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    Thank you for this. Most usefull. I have planned an alternative route via the main roads. You are right in the sense that I do think 'well it's closer to the equater so must be warmer!'....forgetting about the fact that the ski season does not finish till April.....:rofl

    Well we're off on Sat for a three week jaunt around Europe so snow, wind, rain or shine we are going to have fun!!:clap
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    Got this info:

    From Mojkovac the road is open. From Trsa it is closed till end of may.
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  6. Ken Fritz

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    Yes, the high road will probably be closed. There's a nice ski area not far from Zabljak - 1450m above sea level - if you get there, the Hotel Enigma is very nice and only a few minutes walk to the center of town. When you are on the coast of Montenegro, don't miss Sveti Stefan. It's worth going down the little paved road off the coastal highway to get a closer look. Check out more of Montenegro:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqKErIWJHqw&feature=player_embedded
    http://durmitor.wordpress.com/category/turizam/
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  7. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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    Hi, I'll be in Montenegro in September, haven't planned much yet, so I'm very interested by any feed-back you could give when you're back.
    So far, w'll enter Montenegro from Croatia, go to Kotor and then???

    I keep in mind this Durmitor national park.

    Thanks and enjoy your ride!!!
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  8. francs

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    "Then" Lovčen (mausoleum) nice road and great view.
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  9. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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    Sounds good!!!
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  10. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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    Ferry was no option, we were planning on taking the coastline road!

    Unfortunately, we might be a bit short on schedule.
    As you mentioned we probably won't be able to do both.
    the option of climbing through Lovčen sounds good.
    If we have an extra day or so, after hitting the road to Cetinje, I suppose it would be great to push towards Skadar lake.
    Good / bad idea?
    What spot should we head towards? Any input on Rijeka Crnojevica?

    What about gas availability?
    Cheers!
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  11. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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    Balkan Boy, You rock!!!
    I take your road book as it is! it looks great!

    You all seems to make reference to cops, is it really a concern?
    I mean, is it like in some south American or north African countries where cops will try whatever to get money out of you or is it pretty much cool as long as you respect the code?

    Still 4 month to wait!!!!
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  12. francs

    francs Been here awhile

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    I hadn't have problems with the police. It's a bit "chaotic". Cars (big ones) without licence plates, parking on intersection etc. And police just look away. A lot of drivers don't know traffic rules (right rule or similar). So be carefull.
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  13. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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    I've spent 5 years in mexico, should be fine ;-)
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  14. freelancefoto

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    Loved Montenegro in the end but had appaling weather inApril. Kotor bay is lovely.
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  15. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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    By the way, great great ride in Montenegro!!!!!
    If you are riding south Croatia, go to Montenegro! Thanks Balkan Boy for the advice!

    Kotor's bay is nice, of course, but after kotor, we've been riding through the mountains towards Skadar lake, amazing ride, lot of curves, nobody on the road, very nice landscapes!

    After that, we had a quick run in northern Albania: useless (not saying there is nothing to see in that country, just saying that the quick ride we had was just useless...)

    Then back in Montenegro for an other cross country ride in the mountains towards Bosnia's border. Still very nice, amazed by fire in the woods everywhere!!!! We have been told Montenegro had sold their helicopters water carriers and were left with no effective way to fight summer fires, what a shame!

    In some point, one of my stupid riding buddy started accelerating quite over the speed limit... just before passing a patrol on the side of the road.
    The cop jumped on his bike to start chasing the fugitive... He had to stop after a few hundred miles... Well, chasing a Yamaha FZ1000 with a 125cc scooter, it is like fighting a fire in the forest with a garden hose!
    For the record, my buddy had not even seen the cop!

    An other very sweet ride was the one between Montenegro's border and Sarajevo!!!!

    No special comment on local driving abilities (except in Albania, don't go to Albania...)

    Keep riding!
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