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Old 19-10-2018, 05:30 PM   #31
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EVERYONE has to load arse-about....





Made it by a poofteenth!!






Lake Komani....a 3hr. cruise up the Drin river and Drin gorge to Fierze at the other end.


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Sad!!! An all too common sight all over Northern Albania....rubbish and junk spoiling the most pristine environments!!

Tourism is the main cause... it's also the trigger for getting things cleaned up and shaking the environmental awareness.
"Clean up your house, or we'll move elsewhere".

Australia could learn a lesson from that as well!!













Life along the lake-shore...via zoom-lens.










Drifting towards the Gorge....and back-country.










Boof-head-Rock?



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Old 19-10-2018, 06:55 PM   #32
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I'm glad I listened to Hans and checked this out long before the start of the trip...this certainbly is a highlight.
And we haven't even seen the roads back to Shkoder yet!!










One of nature's little surprises...












Some impressive road-building towards Fierze...


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Old 19-10-2018, 07:05 PM   #33
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Back on the road....and it's onto part two of the day.

First north to Bayram Curri for fuel and lunch....via some weirdo-roundabout which might/ might not be such....and Pete sailing straight through the middle across all markings.
TWICE!!
Well, screw that, if they can't make up their mind....

It's a neat and clean little town barely 10 mins south of the Kosovo border, in which there seems to be a strict line between Cafe's (serving drinks only) and restaurants
(serving food and drink, but no coffee)


The little town is surprisingly clean and well-kept, quite different to most other places we came through so far
The road from Fierze along the river seems a quick and sweepy affair....beware the odd, very crude whoopsie, though!!
The kind that wants to take the bike for a 4ft jump across the road while trying to ram your bum-cheeks between your ears....and all at once.


In the wings.....one hell of an afternoon!!

Komani Ferry/ Fierze -> Bajram Curri -> Shkoder https://goo.gl/kMsqJo














Immediately south of the new-ish dam and Hydro-Power station the SH22 single-laner climbs spectacularly
up the hillside and awaits with some surprisingly good asphalt.

Staying weary and alert for sure...but none of that constantly-on-edge
riding where even a micro-second lapse almost guarantees disaster.

Still, without any roadmarkings, posts, signs or armco and a 1000ft drop into a sea of rocks immediately beyond the edge
it certainly pays to not get sloppy.

The Belgian lady on her 700GS seems to be mortally intimidated, slowly wobbling across all of the road...all of the time.


SHOWTIME!!



















Yumm, yumm !!! NOTE: NO TRAFFIC!!












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Old 20-10-2018, 11:17 AM   #34
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Live by your wits....decapitation by local wire-installers are always a possibility.
Andrew signalling Goodie with a warning....















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Old 20-10-2018, 11:23 AM   #35
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Famous Rog having a ball...






...and who wouldn't at the sight of THAT?















...STUNNED!!...This is simply too beautiful to just keep riding PAST.















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