Around the World Ed-Venn-ture, the next 800 days

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  1. flyingdutchman177

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    This road in Northern Albania is like a death road. There are steep drops around every corner.

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    THe roads in Northern Albania are dangerous but beautiful

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    There were no towns or villages along the way. It was a very remote road.
    We rounded a corner and found this bandit standing in the middle of the road. I tried to go around her but she took a step in my direction forcing me to pull over.........seriously. She robbed us of one Euro but in trade, we got a cup of yummy fresh picked blueberries

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  4. 8lives

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    Ah good to be on the Ed trail again,thanks for bringing us along.
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    Fantastic Pics:clap
    Thanks for sharing!
  6. hwunger

    hwunger Been here awhile

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    re: the cute little bandit - Ed you sure know how to attract them ! ... :D

    and yes the big bike loses all weight once underway eh ... finally got to ride a big GS1200 last summer and was surprised at just how light it is, of course it was not loaded down .. great pics, more wine & cheese please :1drink
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    One of the prettiest areas in the world in tucked away in Northern Albania. It is called Valbone. It is a dirt road most of the way up the canyon, but don't let that stop you from visiting this area.

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    There is a 7 hour hike over the mountains to the town of Theth. We made it up to the pass and turned back.

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    View at the top of the pass

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    Tam soaking up the view

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    Hiking back down.
    The little skinny dog in the picture followed us all the way up and down for the entire four hour hike. We bought her dinner that night to thank her for the company

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    All geared up and ready to roll down the road.

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    Leaving Albania again, we crossed back in to Kosovo again. We stopped by the beautiful Decani Monastery. Built over 700 years ago, it is the only monastery in the Balkans that is still surviving in it's original condition. Most were burnt down or destroyed over the years.

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    This was a special monastery because the monks made their own wine and cheese. The wine was actually really good and the sheep milk cheese was exceptional

    We had a little picnic at the monastery

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    The murals on the walls were amazing as they had survived 700 years of wars and looting.

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    These figures had their eyes gouged out by invaders centuries ago

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    We couldn't cross from Kosovo to Serbia because Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo as a country so we headed in to Monte Negro instead. Kosovo still has tension after the Balkan wars so the K-for army still patrols the area.

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    Lovin' everything about this! May I make one small suggestion? MORE, please!:wings
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    Incredible scenery! Nice seeing you back on the GS. Looking forward to your continued edvenntures.