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Old 25-11-2018, 04:04 PM   #118
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Default Re: Balkans_2018...You Only Live Once!

Originally Posted by asphalt View Post
Thank You for show us one of the biggest bike rides through the most interesting part of east european countries.
Due to the longtime isolation and closed borders from Albania, ....the balkan war in the last century, there was not
really easy to visit such beautyful countries like Montenegro, the Kosovo and parts of Kroatia or the new born nation
of Republic "New Mazedonia" ( before a district of Serbia) wich renamed offical, one month before!
I love these yarns and would to know more impressions and experience of riders from all over the world.
I wish You happy ridings in the new season

Not really knowing what to expect (and with a good amount of trepidation), it certainly turned into one of the most memorable trips we've ever had.

And while the many border-crossings turned out pretty smooth, if often drawn out, it's amazing that the former enemies can deal with eachother in such a way.
I bet, that nothing has really changed underneath, though...nobody throws away centuries of historical friction just like that.
What I didn't count on was the natural beauty of the places, skilifts right on top of the first line of coastal mountains overlooking the Dalmatian islands and coast, the National Parks and Alpine landscapes and Australian-style bare, somewhat desolate and deserted High Plains, towered by massive peaks in the background.

Or those deep-green rivers, the huge amount of water cutting through the bare-rock and scraggly vegetation in deep, steep gorges.
It sure is one hell of a place!

And then there's the people, the food, the historic buildings and infrastructure, the whole feel of the place.
And just a border-crossing and 2 hours later it's all different again.

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