Rough Guide to a bit of Slovenia, Croatia & Bosnia

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  1. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Rough in two ways, firstly it was going to be a back road trip and they were a little rough :evil Secondly apart from accomadation in Villach, Austria where we left the van it was a very rough plan of going down to the Croatian coast by back roads and back up inland.

    As it was going to be a back road tour Nicky decided to take her DRZ, after a few modifications.

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    I took my 1200 GSA

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    We only had 14 days for the trip, getting accross France, Germany & Austria in the shortest time on a 400cc was not appealing :huh so we decided to take the van to Villach.




    Day One
    Villach, Austria to Idrija, Slovenia

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    We took the Wurzen Pass to the Austria/Slovenia border.

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    Then onto the Russian Road The Vrsic Pass

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    We visited the restored Russian chapel on the Kranjska Gora side, originally built in 1916 by Russian prisoners building the road, to remember their comrades who were killed by an avalanche

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    The sun was out and the views were stunning

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    Then we headed for the Stol Pass which was gravel with great views :evil

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    We had a look at the map and decided to ride down to Idrija and find somewhere to stay for the night

    Run down to Idrija

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    Video of Day One - Villach to Idrija

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  2. Witness

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    Wow that looks like fun, great pics
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  3. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Day Two
    Idrija, Slovenia to Senj, Croatia


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    Enjoying breakfast at our hotel

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    Idrija's Square

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    We headed for the Croatian coast

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    We crossed into Croatia at Babro Polje - Prezid

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    We turned off the asphalt for a shortcut in the forest :evil

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    We joined the coast road and rode to Senj where we found a great zimmer
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    Didn't take us long to get the washing out :D

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    We walked down to the front, not sure about the parking though :huh

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    Senj

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    Video of Day Two - Idrija to Senj

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  4. kaipara

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    Great!
    Really enjoyed that.

    What does the green sign at the bottom mean with 130 on it?
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  5. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Fantastic pictures Louis :thumb keep 'em coming :D
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  6. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    The 130 (kilometers) is the maximum speed on the Autobalns or Motorways

    Louis


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  7. STOP

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    wow wow wow :clap

    Are you visiting Velebit?
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  8. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Nice ride and pics! I love you people who are coming to my country! :thumb
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  9. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    Awesome! I was in Slovenia and Croatia last year, without my bike, on a walking tour. I really want to get back with one soon! Great places.

    Cheers!
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  10. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Day Three
    Senj to Novalja (Croatia)


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    After a short windy ride along the coast road we headed inland

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    These roads didn't look well used :D :D

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    Me having a go at the mirror shot

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    Nicky's turn

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    Great views of the coast :thumb

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    We headed towards the Sjeverni Velebit National Park, I made a wrong turn :D or was it when the roads are this good :wink: :wink:

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    Anyway we found the National Park and bought our tickets to ride

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    We had a drink in the mountain hut, I was taken by the stickers on the door

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    Views from the mountain hut

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    We got the map out and decided to get the ferry over to the Island of Pag

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    Pag

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    We headed to Novalja and a zimmer

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    Video of Day Three - Senj to Novalja

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  11. ftothfadd

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    Hi Great report, and it is close to my home (Hungary) ;-)
    Do you have a track log or a detailed itinerary which I could use to repeat your trip?
    Thanks, Ferenc
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  12. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Hi Ferenc,

    Happy to send you or anyone else track log just PM me your email address and I'll send it to you (file is too big to PM)

    Cheer Louis
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  13. Emmsy Poo

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    Brilliant, great photos and report.

    Nicky's bike looks well trick!!:thumb
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  14. Bosnaexpress

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    Very nice!You found propper tracks there:clap :clap :clap I´m intressed how it goes on!!!
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  15. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Day Four
    Novalja to Nin (Croatia)


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    We headed to Nin along the scenic route :D

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    We arrived at Nin in good time

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    We found a zimmer close to the smallest Cathedral in the world

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    Then a look around St Cross Church

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    As it was the smallest Cathedral in the world, it was soon time for food :augie

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    It's a much slower pace down this way :D

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    We spent the afternoon at the beach, I tried my hand at kite surfing :huh

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    We had lots of great food on the trip, but this was the best (Nicky had the salad)

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    Took a couple of pictures on the stagger back to the zimmer

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    Video of Day Four - Novalja to Nin

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  16. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Day Five
    Nin to Knin (Croatia)


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    We headed inland to Strmica, where we planned to cross into Bosnia. As always looking for the most interesting way :D

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    This was a great road :thumb (one of two on the trip that I'd done before)

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    We were getting close to the border, it was starting to get congested :augie

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    This road followed the railway track for a few miles

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    After this road we got a little lost, they were all small gravel roads that either dead ended or stopped in someones garden (we did have some funny looks, turning round in thier garden :huh ). We finally found the way through with the help of some locals. We didn't see this as a bad thing it just added to the adventure.

    As time was getting on we decided to cross into Bosnia the next day and headed down to Knin. Didn't find much accomodation in Knin but we found this great hotel just outside on the road to Bosnia

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    The bikes were tucked up for the night :beer

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    Video of Day Five - Nin to Knin

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  17. STOP

    STOP Been here awhile

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    Very nice choice of roads :clap
    Very nice everything :D

    :drums music fits that last video :norton
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  18. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Thank you and all that have reply we had a Great Time

    I'm sure we will be back soon :clap :clap :clap

    Louis
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  19. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Day Six
    Knin, Croatia to Bihac (Bosnia)


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    The map was out, we thought we'd head for the lake at Sator mountain in Bosnia, just because it looked like a nice road.....and it was :thumb

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    It was a boring straight road before we turned off to the mountain :augie

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    Which way now :dunno

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    The only way is up :lol3

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    It was a great ride to the lake

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    I had to refuse when Nicky pleaded to carry on up the track :eek1

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    We had to back track about a mile, then came down the other side of the mountain and rode some scenic roads, where I thought I'd take a shortcut through the forest :wink:

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    But what is that sign that Nicky's spotted :eek1

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    This is where I suggested Nicky went first :evil

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    After a few dead ends in the forest I could tell we were heading in the wrong direction :doh (I used my track log & compass to confirm it was the wrong way)
    As the tracks weren't well used and remembering the mines we returned to the gravel road and found another way, it was great riding.

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    We were getting hungry and headed for the next town, Bosanski Petrovac where we enjoyed a pizza

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    Onto Bihac for the night

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    Video of Day Six - Knin to Bihac

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    Day Seven
    Bihac, Bosnia to Plivice Lake, Croatia


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    Plitvice Lakes National Park

    We planned to visit these lakes we just didn't know when or via which route.

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    Here is a slide show of the lakes.

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  20. NickiGS

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    Lovely pics :clap :clap Glad to see you both having a great time :))
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