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Old 23-10-2018, 10:49 AM   #41
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Shkoder -> Theth National Park / Mes bridge (Albania)

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A small group of German riders transporting their DRZ400s in a small bus from near Cologne
had done the Theth-lap the day before....and arrived back in the dark after an early start.
"It's rough, man...that notorious eastern stretch is in bad shape, rocky and loose and dusty".


OK, we'll see how far we get then. No use destroying more bikes or getting injured, there's too
much good stuff lined up ahead.


The SH21 has had a make-over only a couple of years ago and is said to be sealed up to the small pass
now....and it's a pearler of a single-laner!!













....just NEVER get lulled into false dreams!!











OHHH....YUMM YUMM

















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Old 23-10-2018, 10:51 AM   #42
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The 2 girls return down those delicious twisties towards Shkoder again in search of the ancient Ottoman Mes bridge while the rest proceeds towards Theth and the Kombutar National Park in the Albanian Alps....







STUNNING vistas from up here!!










...and plenty of dust!










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Old 23-10-2018, 10:52 AM   #43
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Just....DON'T GOOF UP!





It's soon clear that our Tourance-style hoops are having a hard time hanging on to the mixture of deep dust and loose rock...


























The views are incredible...and the slow and careful descent is like slowly dropping into a parallel world, a place of
stories and myths.....somehow I feel like a 5 year old sitting in bed with a huge, dusty, old picture book on my knees.
AWESOME !!












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Old 23-10-2018, 03:07 PM   #44
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17km...1.25hrs....and a mouth that feels as dry as the innards of the Simpson Desert.
Nice to see all kinds of liquids along the valley floor









...and on it goes




















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Old 23-10-2018, 03:08 PM   #45
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Running out of time and grip...it's better to turn back and start the climb back into the saddle.





























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