Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DirtyADV, May 8, 2010.

  1. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Hi Nancy!

    Good to hear that we didn't scare u away from the off-road scene. Me and Hilary have bought an apartment and the money for traveling will be very limited this year, will mostly stay close to home for some local riding to save money.

    /Johan
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  2. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Day 8:

    We had a hard morning Hilary tipping over a little at the end of this video:

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    And we had some problems with dead ends so when turning around i bit the dust:

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    And when trying to get it back up it slid a little on the hill ...not all is good with a rekluse, pulled a muscle in my back and Hilary had fallen again also. The big orange pig was really down with the luggage in the track and seat a little lower then the wheels we ended up getting a little help from one of the mushroom pickers.

    We ended up having to go back the same way we came in the day before:

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    Getting out of the forrest we ended up on some great fields:

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    Hilary showing off her mad skillz:

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    Some small narrow road but seemed to be from cars:

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    Beeing a bit lost but apperently the road went straight through some mining area or something:

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    As i said earlier alot of stuff have thorns:

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    Some tarmac and finding a kidney shaped lake to camp near, some Bulgarians around fishing. Tried cleaning up some in the lake ...not sure it help the water was both filty and cold:

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    We bought some beer, sausage and bread and had a barbeque ...but for some reasons no pictures of that. AHAH found a picture:

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    We slept under the stars, the morning after:

    Day 9:

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    Here is another super great day of riding:

    Passing some summer houses and roads turns muddy an slippery and i start with a tipover this morning also =/

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    For some reason it was really cranky to get started again:

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    Road got worse but we pressed on, hilary crossing a small stream:

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    And me:

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    After that we had more of a jeep trail to follow uphill:

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    More sticky stuff could be found when having a break:

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    We had driven around the lake:

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    A little more open road:

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    Hilarys bags starting to lose the fight with her rear wheel:

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    We passed by some big city looking for oil and some battery to the remote for my camera. We ended up getting a number to some guy from Luke i think (maybe u can fill in the blanks here) he had some bike shop in Lovetj / Lovech not sure about spelling. He meet up at a gas station that was easy to find, guided up to his shop, we could buy the stuff we needed. Would like to give him and his company some credit but my altzhemiers light have kicked in and i dont remember, he can be seen in the next video, he guided us to a great restaurant also:

    Edit: found a pic from outside his shop (taken cause of hils sickly liking of cats):

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    Food at that restaurant:

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    Here we tried following a grey road on the map to some camping place or if we had time back to Sofia didn't really work out that great we dead ended here:

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    Got sweaty turning around so had my googles off so no video of my crash but this is what i looked like, had the bike almost around (hill was steeper the the video show) started tipping over so i gave it throttle to straighten it up but that added more speed downhill then i could handle:

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    Hilary tipped over lower down:

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    Started getting dark while we backtracked to the nearest city that we could find a place to stay at, we didn't feel like camping in the middle of gypsy land (we had passed several trailers and stuff):

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    No picture of the hotel but of the food:

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    And desert:

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    Day 10:

    We had to fight Sofia traffic one more time to return the borrowed gps to Luke we ended up in some construction zone:

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    Mainly tarmac this day so a bit boring but we add some food picture gas station food:

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    We entered Serbia this day, Nancy and Luke and his nephew went for Macedonia but we prefered gravel roads so we couldn't keep up.

    Close to the border (dont ask):

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    Some old abandoned building:

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    Serbia Day 1:

    Border control:

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    Had to greet the new country with a small wheelie:

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    Some really nice twisty roads ...motard wheels would have kicked ass (starting to be a little drunk):

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    Hilary getting angry at me for wheeling behind the bus so the schoolchildren missed me (i think they saw it) ...not my fault they placed the fun bump (read speed bump) where the bus was parked:

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    We had some minor rain so we choose a hotel this night also (most expensive on the trip i think) and still we only had cold and i mean COLD water in the shower and for that price i could do other then complain (well hilary had to do it that could be understood ...i hoped for a lowered price since i had already tortured myself to shower but we got another room):

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    We walk around finding some new restaurant that didn't even have a menu but we got some really great food an beer for cheap:

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    Blonde or brunette? ...easy the brunette is real the blond is just a poster:

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    I just love some of the cars u can find:

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    Day 2:

    RAIN:

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    We found some motel along the road that had the greasiest food and for some reason i ate desert before the meal, tried ordering something translated to "princess donut" but that wasn't available so ended up ordering something else that we name "prince schloong" (real name was something i dont remember:

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    Main meal:

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    After a day in rain =(

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    We meet up with Nancy again and after batteling some bad city traffic we found a place to sleep in Nis:

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    Beer and unhealty food in Nis:

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    Day 3 in Serbia:

    Breakfast the next morning:

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    Have some trouble with youtube so will finish the report later!

    Hope u enjoyed it so far!

    /Johan
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  3. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Will now try to finish Serbia, had started with the breakfast on day 3 in the last post so i just continue:

    We split up this day also since me and Hilary was looking for more off-road, but we still had some distance to cover so only time for some farm roads in the morning:

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    And another dont ask picture:

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    Maybe they should have had red patches on the ass so it would look more like a baboon butt.

    Another sweet ride, smoked quite badly tho:

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    Loosing a little to a street bike that for some reason started braking hard ...front wheel slid twice for me during the braking.

    Had i know it was only cause of some minor bumps over the rail road i wouldn't have braked at all and just passed him:

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    Nancy had some connections to a small town north of Belgrad where we could stay for 2 night. Drink some local alcohol, amazing food:

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    Day 4:

    Me and Nancy did a tarmac trip trough a national park area called Frusna Gora, Hilary stayed and rested some ...trying to recover from the hives she somehow caught somewhere.

    She helped out with preparing the food:

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    Day5:

    Our great hosts right before leaving:

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    Have some more random stuff from Slovakia i might post later just for fun but this was the main RR for now!


    /Johan
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  4. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Forgot to add these photos:

    Get proper racks to hold the bags away from the exhaust:

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    Hilary had some blue plastic melted to some clothes.

    Her rear tire chewed away on the other bag here and there:

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    By the end of the trip it had taken a bite out of her hiking shoes.


    And this is also Hilary ...why make up doesn't work well off-roading:

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    /Johan
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  5. -W-

    -W- Flying Finn

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    Thanks for nice ride report(s)!:clap (just read them all).

    Heading to same direction this summer myself.
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  6. Joseph B.

    Joseph B. Balkan rider

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    Great RR!
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  7. zakou

    zakou Been here awhile

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    So you didnt reach Greece on this trip !!! next time maybe !! I will have some routes ready for you !!! offroad of course!!!

    great trip!! :)
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  8. tserts

    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    Yunanistan (Stans baby!)
    Great stuf!!! :clap:clap

    Plan to do the same this summer coming from the south (Bul - Rom - Srb)...

    Big thumbs up to Hilary, she came through with flying colors!!

    How did your tires hold up? You did a lot of highway on those knobs, did they make it back to Sweden?

    The Serbian forest is Frushka (not Frusna) Gora by the way, near Novi Sad... Can't blame you though, some of those names are impossible to pronounce! :rofl
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  9. Leafshutter

    Leafshutter Adventurer

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    Oddometer:
    74
    Location:
    Dark forrests of south Sweden
    Thanks for sharing Johan!

    Great RR :clap
    :lurk
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  10. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    U will have a blast, language might be a problem, lucky for us Hilary knew Czech that helped alot in Bulgaria (well we had Luke helping out for parts of that also) and Serbia ...but Romania they had a completly different language some say its closer to Finnish then any other language but dont hold it against me ...im very bad at languages.

    Thanks!

    Afraid we didn't hope we can get down there sometime!
    Hilary sure did great ...a little better luggage and racks (she has them already) and some spare nuts and bolts since that bike seems to loose them as they go ...had to take some here and there from the KTM to maintain hers.

    Had a brand new Karoo 2 T in the front when starting from home and a half worn D908RR in the rear. Swapped the rear for a brand new TKC80 in Prague also had a new front but got lazy and went with the one that was still on.

    Tires held up well and never let me down.

    Thanks for the better spelling!

    Tack (Thanks)



    Working some on our own website right now, can be found in my signature feel free to check that out also!

    /Johan
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  11. kobra011

    kobra011 ENDRO RIDER SERBIA

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    Location:
    Belgrade SERBIA
    Great !!!! Next time call me before come to Serbia !!
    :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  12. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman Back in Black!

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    Location:
    Trying to tame the Snake!
    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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  13. LukeKTM

    LukeKTM Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2008
    Oddometer:
    48
    Location:
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    So you really think that tarmak is a devil's creation , right? For you it is the very last option for getting from A to B . You are a true adventurer on a bike. It was great fun For me to ride with you in Sweden and Bulgaria last year. Great Report ! I am hapy to be in it :clap
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  14. rhenium3

    rhenium3 Adventurer

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    Oddometer:
    39
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ

    That's me. Johan (Dirty950) and his KTM love tarmac... I have to beg him to take me off road!!! :rofl

    Thanks for riding with us in Bulgaria Luke, I had a blast! Let's do another trip soon! ::cough::Ukraine::cough::

    /Hilary
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  15. scubanix

    scubanix Adventurer

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    Oddometer:
    26
    Location:
    Lisbon
    Thanks for sharing your ride...
    little by little a trip of my own starts to form in my head...

    I come here just to "gather wood to burn myself" :wink:
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  16. LukeKTM

    LukeKTM Adventurer

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    Oddometer:
    48
    Location:
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Hi Hilary,

    I'm glad to hear from you! Your participation in this tour is equally or even more admirable. I will have to spent weeks on dirt tracks before another trip with you both. Otherwise I won't be any match for your off-road skills , but why not :lol3 ?
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  17. SauS TaR-TaR

    SauS TaR-TaR Go BaBy Go...

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    Location:
    Bikini Bottom
    [​IMG]
    For This RR.. :1drink
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  18. -W-

    -W- Flying Finn

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    Location:
    Finland
    Yep, I think I will be having also "a few" language problems since I am only speaking fluently Finnish & English and then some Swedish & Germany. I think I need to find also a girl friend who speaks some Czech or Bulgarian!:lol3
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  19. LukeKTM

    LukeKTM Adventurer

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    Location:
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    That's not much of a problem. Finding a girlfriend who can ride off-road like that and speak these languages is much, much harder :lol3
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  20. -W-

    -W- Flying Finn

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    Location:
    Finland
    110% true!:lol3
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