Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and north late March/early April 2013

Discussion in 'Europe' started by ChrisUK, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    Hi guys

    I’m riding my old Trannie from Doug and Polly’s in Bulgaria to NW Germany between 27March and 06April. The likely route is via Greece, Albania, Montenegro and the coast of Croatia. I’ll either head straight north through Slovenia and Austria or cut across the north of Italy/round the Alps, depending on the weather.

    I’m hoping my route will be a bit warmer than when I was in Bulgaria in December:huh

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    There’s also a possibility of heading more directly/ west from Bulgaria through Macedonia.

    Anyone riding the same way and want to ride together? Or if you’re local drink a beer/tea/ or something stronger?
    Cheers
    Chris
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  2. T-Mac

    T-Mac orange

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    Good luck, mate!
    Wish I could join, but the dates are not good even for a drink unless the drinks are consumed in Sofia :1drink
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  3. LAndreas

    LAndreas Rider

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    if you need help let me know I live in Naoussa Northen Greece !!!!
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  4. MikeTheMechanic

    MikeTheMechanic Tsiki?

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  5. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the reply. Just had a couple of minutes of interesting reading about the disputed nature of "Macedonia". I'll stand corrected and call the country to the west of Bulgaria "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".V large apologies. :wink:
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  6. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    Many thanks for that kind offer.
    Chris
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  7. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    I will probably be passing Sofia en route from Idilevo (near Sevlievo). I'll let you know if a beer-meet could work.
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  8. vaio

    vaio Alexander

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    If you come back with friends and want to ride through Bulgaria , we can support you.
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  9. cca

    cca n00b

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    Be safe. :wave
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  10. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    Post Script to trip: A few snaps fro my southern Balkans trip

    After riding through freezing fog in Bulgaria I made it to slightly warmer, but wet Skopje, the capital of FYROM. Here I decided I couldn't be bother to freeze my nuts off pounding the pavement all the way to Germany as planned. I bought an airticket from Sofia for the following week and did a quick jaunt around FYROM, southern Albania and northern Greece before returning the bike to Doug's Motocamp in Bulgaria. Here it'll live to ride another day in this beautiful part of the world.


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    The sun finally appears.

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    Lake Ohrid

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    There's a road that links Lake Ohrid to its neigbour. Snow stops play.

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    Chapel at southern end of Lake Ohrid, near Albanian border.

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    Albania has an edge...

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    Albanian high road along border with Greece.

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    Short cut up to Berat

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    More of the same

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    Berat at night

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    Coast road in southern Albania

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    Please avoid Star Ferries

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    Winding Greek road in the rain

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    In Greece they also sh!t on the highway. Apparently.:D

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    Secure off street parking in Thessaloniki, Greece. The shop next to the hotel was unoccupied.:evil
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  11. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Cracking report Chris, you do get about :lol3
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  12. NightVictim

    NightVictim n00b

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    Some photos from Montenegro...?
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  13. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    Please see below

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  14. NightVictim

    NightVictim n00b

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    Oh..ok sorry....
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