Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This lovely lady I helped up the stairs is 89 and her very stylish sunglasses she said she has had for 50 years!


    [​IMG]White Cities-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We also checked out the south side of the valley where the more ancient caves are located.


    [​IMG]Bari CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Bari CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari Iphone-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]White Cities by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]White Cities-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here it was to Albertobello which is the centre of the zona di Trulli. This is where they are concentrated, but for about 10 km around many buildings are built in this fashion.

    “A trullo (plural, trulli) is a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. Their style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia. Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural labourers. In the town of Alberobello, in the province of Bari, whole districts are packed with trulli.”

    [​IMG]Bari CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]White Cities-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]White Cities-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]White Cities-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari Iphone-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari Iphone-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We hit a mile stone today as well.


    [​IMG]Etna-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    It was then a stop to stock up on supplies for the ferry. The boat leaves at 10 pm, but the check in closes at 7 (actually 9, but on line it says 7). We arrived at 615 to Bari. You just follow the signs to the port and you follow then about 2 km past where the boats are docked. Finally there is the port entry. Here you follow the signs to check in. It is a bit unclear, but first you make a left to the actual ferry company check in. Here you get your tickets for you, you bike, security, and your cabin.

    [​IMG]Bari CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here you are directed to the security check.


    [​IMG]Bari CC-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Bari CC-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Next you are directed to the boat area, which is back the 2km on the inside road. Here there is a further ticket and passport check.


    [​IMG]Bari CC-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Etna-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Etna-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Etna-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You are then directed to the loading area and ushered on board. As usual we are up on the second deck. Here there are friendly Pilipino crew members getting the vehicles parked. The bikes are tucked under a ramp. The cars and trucks must back into the ferry.

    [​IMG]Bari CC-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We grabbed our supplies and made for a cold drink and a shower! It was a bit of a rough nice and not because of the sea. The vibration of the ferry was strong, but we did not sleep much since the frequency kept changing so much it would wake you.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.13.04 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Etna-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bari CC-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Etna-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Etna-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Leaving Italy-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were up and out of the cabin at 7 and we could see the port of Durres. The offloading was quick. Once you unload you head to the police check. Here they want your passport, title, and green card and you get a passport stamp. This was very quick.

    [​IMG]Rubik CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    From here we were waved thru the next gate and then waved into the area to by Albanian insurance (15 E each for 2 weeks).

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is a bit of a flash back to 2015, but our friend finally posted a video from Morocco. This was the day we spent 50 km on an off road route and where the last 16 km took 6 hours.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we were fancy free in country 46 Albania. There is certainly no shortage of gas stations (and car washes) here and at least unlike Italy all have a very similar gas price (1.10 -1.15 E). We stopped for a coffee and cold drinks at a cafe and again for a much more reasonable price. The plan today was to get up to the north part of the country to ride in the mountains. We hoped to ride as far as the loop to Kolsh, but had a back up on the SH30 thru Gojan if time ran out. Since we were off the ferry and out of customs by 805 we will likely have time. The gas attendant spoke English perfectly.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.15.02 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.15.40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Rubik CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Another great change here from Italy is the drivers here follow the rules of the road and drive like normal people!! They are very courteous. We booked it up the highway and then took the secondary roads. We came across a few small towns and lots of people in the fields. All were friendly and lots waved and yell out Hello!


    [​IMG]Albania by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    We stopped at the turn off of the SH 30 to decide if we should continue on the longer loop or take the cut off to Rubik (73 vs 133 km) . Several locals stopped to tell us to keep going and not turn off on the way they we going on the SH30. They all seemed very concerned we follow their advice. Since it was so early is the day we followed it.

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    This took us up again into the hills and then along several valley.

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Rubik CC-30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The hotel we had booked was in the middle of no where up a small road off of the SH 30 and along side a creek.


    [​IMG]Albania-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Albania-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we were headed south to Berat, but decided on an off road route. We are well aware of the risk of off road route in Albania, where the conditions of the roads can be very bad, but the plan was about a 20 km stretch or so we thought. The first part to Klos is paved as is the first 2 km up the side road.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.17.21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Albania-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Albania-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is then unpaved and much of the time un road like. It was a challenging 8 hours to finally get back to the pavement. As usual as the road got worse, we got more tired, and the stress level increased the photo taking was abandoned.You can see how close together the every 15 min SPOT dots are at times. So here are some pics of the easy bits.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.19.59 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.22.11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.22.46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.20.21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The initial part was up over a mountain pass and then down across a bridge into a small village. We met this herdsman who actually spoke English very well.


    [​IMG]Berat CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Berat CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Berat CC-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    In the base of several of the valleys the route was more like a river bed and there were a number of water crossings.

    [​IMG]Berat CC-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There were some pretty steep and rocky up and downs and a lot of switch backs.

    [​IMG]Berat CC-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Berat CC-32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    This is the only other vehicle we saw and this is 5 hours in.

    [​IMG]Berat CC-33 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    These bunkers are located all over Albania. There is a great article done by Merlin and Rebecca


    “Over 700,000 bunkers in Albania were constructed during the nearly forty-year rule of Enver Hoxha – one for every four inhabitants. The bunkers are still a ubiquitous sight in Albania, with an average of 24 bunkers for every square kilometre of the country.

    Hoxha's programme of "bunkerisation" resulted in the construction of bunkers in every corner of the then People's Socialist Republic of Albania, ranging from mountain passes to city streets. They had little military value[citation needed] and were never used for their intended purpose during the years of Communist rule (1945–1990). The cost of constructing them was a drain on Albania's resources, diverting them away from more pressing needs, such as dealing with the country's housing shortage and poor roads.

    The bunkers were abandoned following the collapse of communism in 1990. Most are now derelict, though some have been reused for a variety of purposes including residential accommodation, cafés, storehouses and shelters for animals or the homeless. A few briefly saw use in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.”



    [​IMG]Albania-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Here is one from the south.

    [​IMG]Berat-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    At about 6 hours in it started to poor and luckily we came upon a village soon after. Here we took shelter under some trees, but we were soon asked into a grocery shop for shelter. Here the family gave us cold drinks, peaches, and walnuts from their tree while we waited the worst of the downpour out. We stayed about 45 min, but as we still have a long way to go we headed out again.

    [​IMG]Albania-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Albania-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Lulu did have a few dirt naps today.


    [​IMG]Berat CC-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We came to this cross road and after scouting both routes they were both really technical. We went back to the last settlement. We stopped again to ask these kids for direction and again they spoke English well. We had missed the turn on the “road” since it did not look very road like.

    [​IMG]Berat CC-38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Berat CC-39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The route then was across a river bed for a km or so, but at least we finally saw vehicles!!


    [​IMG]Berat CC-40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-41 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    After this the last half hour finally the route was like a road and we could make some time. We hit the SH 61 finally for a maintained gravel road.


    [​IMG]Berat CC-44 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Berat CC-45 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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