Zen trip to the Balkans and to the Alpes

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  1. wildbilly

    wildbilly I am released...

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    I don’t know where to begin …I suppose I should introduce myself before I start telling my story of this trip…So, I´m Vasilis, just another Greek biker with great love for 2 wheels…(My “love affair” goes way back in 1988 starting with a …) I have a long history with this love, beginning in1988 with a Honda 50cc followed by a Honda CX400, a Suzuki DR800S (the “BIG”), a KTM SX250 and a Kawasaki Versys 650 for the last 4 years …<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I have ridden many km with all these bikes throughout Greece but I’ve never crossed the borders despite the fact that I do so frequently by car…<o:p></o:p>
    Anyway, after 4 years of doing nothing with my bike and using it only as a town bike, I decided to take a trip around Europe, a trip that would take off the rust from my everyday life…<o:p></o:p>
    So I began searching the net for travelling stories and preparing my bike, purchasing new gear for me, preparing all the documents needed, talking with new friends from mybike.gr….After 2 moths of preparation, I finally decided on the route and made the hotel reservations, I programmed my gps for every day route and I was ready!<o:p></o:p>
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    Day 1: Korinthos-Thessaloniki (580 km in Greece)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    The plan is to go directly to Thessaloniki using the shortest highway. I travelled this road so many times as a student and I am really bored to do so again. All I want is to get to there as soon as possible to have enough time to play with my 3 year-old nephew who lives there. <o:p></o:p>
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    I am new in this forum and searching the right way to post my photos. I have a lot of them so please help me with that. I am doing the following but it doesn`t work: I copy the url adress of the photo from flickr and paste it in the box that appears when I press the "insert image" button but it appears in the post as an adress, not as a photo...what I can do?
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    I m still trying, forgive me...

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    Ok so let's go! This is the "English" tavern at Ano Poli of Thessaloniki. The area is very old and near the old walls of the town. The owner is one of my best friends and the tavern is very old and classic...
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    Day 2: Thessaloniki-Skopje-Belgrade (630 km)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    The day begins with a nice espresso and a sweet cream pie, a Nothern Greece delicacy called “bougatsa”. You must try some of this, it is delicious…<o:p></o:p>
    After driving for an hour I reach Evzoni border pass and enter F.Y.R.O.M..
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    The road goes along the “Vardaris” river and through some nice tunnels.

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    I pass Negotino and Veles (nice small town with a river crossing it).

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    After a while I enter the so called highway. The tarmac is new but the road is bumpy and dangerous. The passing through country is short and I enter Serbia.<o:p></o:p>
    The road is curvy, the tarmac is destroyed and everybody overpasses staying longer than usual in the opposite lane…This is the way that Serbs and Bosnians drive, and I must have my eyes open at every turn of the road (thanks God I am used to driving in Greece where everybody drives without following any rules (after all, rules are made to be broken, aren’t they?!))…
    Later I approach Nis and I´m happy to enter the Nis-Belgrade highway. The tarmac is good enough but the road is relatively bumpy…
    Late afternoon I arrive in Belgrade, unload the bike and get ready to go out for a ride in the city. Searching for parking space near the river, I find a nice little place where many bikers hang around. After a long walk along the river, I accidentally come across a biker’s bar and sit down for a cold beer. 2 bikers are sitting next to me, so we start to talk about their country and the financial problems…Nice talking to them, we exchange telephone numbers etc and they escort me to a nice pedestrian street where I find something to eat…<o:p></o:p>
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    My new friends





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    Some photos of the new town and of the river...

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    Town center

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    The river is very nice. There are a lot of boat-bars and clubs and the night is wild...

    Nice path leading to nice litle bar in the river...

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    Where is the dog?...

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    Oups! Another love bench?

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    Day 3: Belgrade -Valjevo-Uzice-Visegrad-Sarajevo (435 km)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    The day begins with a visit to the Kalemegdan castle. The view of the river is very nice and the castle well maintained. I spend there a couple of hours taking photos.

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    <o:p>Returnig back to my hotel I took these shots, sad reminder of the past...</o:p>
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    <o:p>Leaving the town I see an amazing river beach. Next to the river everybody is in a bathing suit and on a bicycle or roller skates…</o:p>
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    <o:p>Hm, bad boy...</o:p>
    The road to Valjevo begins with a good part but after a while it goes up to the mountain, it is very narrow and the tarmac is destroyed. The traffic is heavy and the average speed falls dramatically. After having a break at a nice kiosk at the top and admiring nature, I continue driving towards Uzice.
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    On the road again...

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    Finally, the road is much better and the nature is very nice. Uzice seen from above seems very nice.

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    The road passes along a river and I notice some very nice train tunnels (the Mokra gora route I suppose).

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    Suddenly I see a very nice pedestrian bridge made of wood and steel wires. I try to pass it and I meet a local guy who is fishing on the bridge.

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    Continuing, the nature gets even more beautiful and I arrive to Visegrad. The town is nice with an old and famous stone bridge.

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    From Visegrad begins one of the most impressing routes I have ever been to. The tarmac is good, the turns are right, the road follows the wide river, the sun reflects on the water and the road passes through dark and wet tunnels every 500m. I am driving at a medium steady speed and I feel perfect.


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    After driving on this fantastic route, suddenly the road is diverting due to the road works and gets really narrow, dirty and dangerous. I arrive at Sarajevo just before dark.

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    The gps doesn´t have Bosnia and Montenegro maps, so I start searching for my hotel which I luckily find quickly.<o:p></o:p>
    After resting for a while, I walk to the center of the old city. The paved pedestrian roads are very nice, there are a lot of shops with bronze items and a lot of people eating at the numerous kebab restaurants. The mixture of religions and their places of worship is impressive.

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    I have a very nice dinner at a well known restaurant and I admire the paintings that are hanging on the walls, painted by the owner of the restaurant!

    Very good food and very cheap (13 euros for soup, main meal, salad, 2 beers!)

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    After that I was dead body, so I started climb the hill to the hotel...Good night...

    TO BE CONTINUED SHORTLY...
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  20. wildbilly

    wildbilly I am released...

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    Thanks guys! For my Greek friends here is my trip at mybike.gr http://www.mybike.gr/topic/45620-ταξίδι-ζεν-στα-βαλκάνια-και-στις-άλπεις/

    So let's continue...

    Day 4: Sarajevo-Brod-Niksic-Kotor (300 km)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    The day begins with a daylight walk around the town for more photos.

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    After that and by asking around, I manage to get out of the city towards Serbian borders and Brod. The route is interesting, the road is curvy and I`m driving through very nice nature. The colors of nature turn into gold, the farmers are stacking hay and I feel very nice.

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    After a while, I arrive to Brod, a small village just before the Montenegrian borders. From this point on, I enter a very narrow road going to the top of a cliff, passing through numerous dark and wet tunnels and spectacular bridges. The view of the river that runs many meters beneath is very nice. I stop continuously to take pics and to activate the on-board camera.

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    Early afternoon I arrive at Niksic. The town is clean and nice but nothing special as far as I can see. I ask 2-3 different guys for the road to Kotor (not through Podgorica but straight south, there is a very nice new road that leads to Risan at Kotor bay). Finally I continue towards the right direction, I pass a very nice area with many small lakes, the road is curvy with good tarmac and I enjoy the ride.

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    Later I find the new road to Risan which is perfect for fast driving. I have fun for half an hour and then OUAOU, the Kotor bay in front of me! The view is amazing, I get some rest and I continue going down.

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    The Risan is a nice small town and I continue towards Kotor, around the bay. The sea is to my right, I am driving slowly and I enjoy the nature. After a while I arrive at Dobrota next to Kotor where I can not find my hotel. I telephone the hotel but the receptionist doesn´t speak English, so I am trying to communicate in my poor Serb. Luckily I understand where the hotel is and I find it right after.<o:p></o:p>
    Early evening I am going to the old town of Kotor. I am impressed! There are a lot of yachts, many tourists, a lot of beautiful women, the town itself is very nice.

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    After having dinner, I find a nice cozy bar (see below the photo I took next morning) with live local music and I get drunk with my new friends (an American and a New Zealander, both yacht employees and a 60-year old Englishman travelling with his 2 daughters).

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    It’s already very late when I return to the hotel and I get this brilliant idea to lubricate the bike’s chain. Of course I am so wasted that I lubricate everything else but the chain…:rofl<o:p></o:p>
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