trough the Balkans off road

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  1. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    First, thanks to all members, who post here his reports.
    because we can use to request information to prepair our trips. :clap:freaky and sorry for my poor english :huh so more pics than words in this report :deal:D

    The plan; visit Balkans, all as possible off road and very small roads. Later, we realized that this is very easy.

    Those are the maps we used for this trip, ok and a almost broken gps.
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    For us, Balkans are one of the better places on Europe for a "trail" travel.
    There are a lot of small roads and tracks.
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    beautiful landscapes
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    history and old culture
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    good food. cheap compare with west Europe
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    friendly people
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    mysterious places
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    and more.......
    only you must be careful in some plces, off road with the fuck..ng mines :cry
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    next, first day....
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  2. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    I was already wondering where you spend the summer this year. :wink:
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  4. Vinny83

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    How beautiful! It has been many years since I have been there, to many. I spent most of my time in a 70km radius of Brcko, any pics you have of this area ... This is one RR I will not miss!
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  6. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    Before arrive to balkans, we rode by small roads more than 2000kms trough Pirines and alps mountains.


    First day; 560km. Gorliz (Basque Country) to Sort (Catalonian Pirines).

    The day was really hot, near to 35ºc, we used refuel stops for drink something
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    so in the middle of the day, we decide to take a break on a small river.
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    we refresh and eat something, for more than 2 hours :D
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    we arrive to Sort by night and go to eat tipycal Catalonian food on a well known good restaurant
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  7. Stomp

    Stomp Imprisoned Wanderlust

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    Better watch up with pictures like that on this site, EuskalHerria! The vultures will be circling. :D
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  8. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    Day 2. Sort (Catalonian pirines) to Sestriere (Italian Alps). 780kms.

    Second day was really hot too. Drive trough south France was like a hell, full of trafic and about 40ºc.

    Camping "Noguera Pallaresa" at Sort. ( some adv riders know well this place :evil
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    I tell you before that was hot?? . France.
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    Day, 3. Sestriere (It) to Fondo (near Bolzano, It). 470kms.


    Yesterday we drive till night, and we sleep on a nice place on mountains. The place in the morning looks better.

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    the night was cold, because the altitude. breakfast in the sun, was nice
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    Today again was very hot, more on south Italy out of mountains. This was the day with more trafic in all the trip. we take other swing on a cold water river, in "Ponte di Legno" Dolomity
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  9. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    sorry I repeat twice
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  10. Shrek

    Shrek The adventurer

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    I look forward to the sequel: o) Very good!:freaky
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    It was time to see our summer RR (ba zen garaia!!!) :deal
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  13. makazica

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    Zagora, željava, some mines, Mostar.....hmmm...looking forward to see your perspective on my country....

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  14. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    Day,4. Fondo to Maribor (SLO) 510kms.

    today, we want to visit our Slovenian friends Matej and Violeta.
    Matej, runs a suzuki - husqvarna (ex KTM), dealer in Maribor. We go there to change our tires for more knobbies "Karoos".

    Nice and quiet campsite in Fondo
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    Patri this winter had a very tough fight with "fes fes" in Moroko, so we do 3-4 oil changes with 2000kms each.

    Matej servicing Patris bike
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    Meantime, I change my tires
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    Good job Matej
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  15. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    Day, 5. Maribor to Maribor. 0kms

    Rest day with friends in Maribor

    swiming pool and fresh beer
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    Day, 6. Maribor to Stoperce (SLO). 53kms

    We wait till Matej finish his work and after we went to Matej familys place. Stoperce.

    Hard life of adv rider, fresh beers and girls....:evil
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    Patri happy with her serviced and clean bike
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    The "big" adventure was envy......:wink:
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    Exchange the bikes??? :eek1:eek1
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  16. Damir

    Damir AKA Pudla

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    I can recognize some of the places in your first post. :D

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  17. euskalherria

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    Day, 7. Stoperce to Vinica (SLO). 180kms.

    today, we go to a campsite in Kolpa river, in the border with Kroatia, with our Slovenian friends.

    Loading the bikes at Matejs place
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    Matej and Violeta :freaky:freaky
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    Patri happy with her Slovenian "sister", Violeta
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    Fresh beers and bikini girls, at Kolpa river :evil
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    Matej help me planning some routes:deal
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    Patri always happy under the stars
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    Next day we had a very special day at Misterious place :evil
    and some action .... :wink:
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  18. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Great stuff :thumb:thumb

    Keep it coming reminds me of our time in the Balkans in September this year

    Looking forwards to more of your great pictures :D

    Louis
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  19. peterdejongh

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    Nice start from this report.
    I'm in !
    keep it coming
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  20. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    Day, 8. Vinica to Plitvicka Jezera (KRO). 186 kms.

    Today was a really special day :wink:

    We want to visit the very turistic National Park, Plitvicka Jezera. we camp in a campsite near N.P. and near to "secret" war airport. :evil:evil

    The day started raining at Kolpa river. Basque people were happy :clap
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    Nice campsite
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    we read on this forum, about some "secret" airport of ex Yugoslavia war, near Zeljava.

    In Zeljava there are some war planes
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    you can go there and play
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    But near here, driving by a forbidden small road, you can find the airport.
    There are 3 airstrips going inside a mountain by 3 fearful tunnels.
    In Zeljava we meet a local who tell us to dont go there because was ilegal and the police was near.:deal :eek1 :wink:

    one of the airstrip
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    Patri was a little scared here :D
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    one of the tunnels
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    inside
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    see the form for planes? :huh
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    Here you fell mix excited and nervous
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    lot of mine signs in the area
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