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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    We decided to book it the 425 km across Serbia to set us up to spend more time touring Montenegro, southern Boznia, and Croatia in the next 10 days before we have to go to Vancouver for Sara’s brothers wedding. Serbia is HOT and there is terrible traffic as you can see by how close the SPOT dots are it was slow going.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 21.50.05 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It started with an easy 60 km to the border. The Serbian -Bulgarian border is notorious for it’s inefficiency and long line ups. We were not disappointed there were 3 lines of almost 20 cars each. When you pull up to the Bulgarian police border check they exit stamp your passport. They asked to see the title for the bikes and to see our Bulgarian green cards and then we were on our way after 30 min in the hot hot sun.


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

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

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


    The drive to the Serbian border station was a few hundred meters. Here they stamped our passport and briefly looked at the title. She did not ask or seem to care if we had insurance. It is a bit confusing since Serbia is clearly “crossed” off on the front of the green card, but there is an * and on line it says that the green card is now valid in Serbia.

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


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

    [​IMG]Zalatibor-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The 425 km took over 7 hours. The riding was mostly on the secondary roads and flat and straight and much of it was full of traffic until about 50 km form Zlatibor. This is a small ski town in the mountains.


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

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

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

    We did not go into the large city of Nis, but stopped for a photo op

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

    [​IMG]Zalatibor-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Zlatibor we are going south to the closest Montenegro border station. Today we saw what we have not for almost 2 weeks… tons of bikers. We rode south to Novo Varos and then west to Prijepolje. Here it was a bit confusing and luckily we saw sign to follow to Pljevja Montenegro since the road did not look like much and the GPS kept saying make a U turn.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 21.16.50 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There is about a km ride to the Montenegro crossing. Here again they just wanted the passports and title and did not ask for insurance documents.


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

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

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

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

    This is a really great country for riding and most is beautiful except for the mies and nuclear power stations!


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

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    From here we headed south to Kolasin on the main road for 19 km and then took the R18 back to the ski village of Zabljak. The Tara canyon ride is the more famous and is nice, but there is some traffic. The R 18 is much more scenic and we saw about 4 cars.

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

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Montenegro-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We met these cool dudes on a road trip from Bulgaria!

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

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


    We arrived to Zabljak and set up in the hostel. We walked into the village to get some groceries and had a traditional dinner of “mixed grill”. Leaving the restaurant it was lightly raining, but by the time we ran the 2 blocks back it was torrential raining and we were soaked. But it did not last long and with the lack of humidity here our clothes were dry by morning. We woke to a cloudless blue sky.
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    On the south side you come out of the mountains on switch backs and thru many tunnels bored thru the rock. Several have switchback in the tunnels and they are absolutely pitch black inside. One has an intersection.

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


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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Montenegro-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here again we exited to the “country or connecting road” south and west from Orlina to Cevo. This is a one lane road on which we saw only 2 other cars the whole way. Cevo is where you join the “main road” again, but there is literally very few cars here too. We dropped into one valley from here on the switch backs on the way to Njegusi.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 16.57.23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 17.06.06 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    From here you head to Zanjev Do and Google will not route from here to Kotor down the sheer mountain side there are more than a dozen switch back to get to the sea side.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 16.57.59 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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    Jesus Christ !!!!!!

    These places are 200 meters from my house !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The church right by the bridge is where I take the bus every day for work and the motorcycle shop (Motorrad) behind you Sara is where I buy my bikes...the next time you guys be in Athens send me a message.

    I wish the best for the rest of your adventure !
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    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Absolutely stunning.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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