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Old 05-11-2018, 08:18 AM   #111
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Budeasa (Romania)-> Bucharest (Romania)


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With the bike-drop-off rescheduled to make a little room for a shopping- crawl around Bucharest's bike-and-accessory-shops, the remaining ~130k's
are just a transport run through the industrial flatlands north-west of Bucharest.... we're out of the hills, rivers and lakes.
Having memorized the route through Bucharest works flawlessly, aside from the half-dozen-bikes " being the center-of-obstruction for minute of main-intersection-chaos.
But it all works itself out in the end....

Within an hour of hitting-town we're walking back to the hotel from the Bike-Rental-Depot, ready for an afternoon of cruising the shops and packing up.



Bucharest is giving us a cheery farewell

















No hiccups on the return journey, it all runs like clockwork and 24hrs later
Qatar Air deposits us at a busy Melbourne Tullamarine.


And thus end 3 weeks of The Balkans....which, of course, were about 3 months too short. Cheerio



Villa Tamara...back to Square One



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Old 05-11-2018, 10:27 AM   #112
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I didn't know that Motenegro looks so alpine definitely worth going there by looking at the pics.

It sure is worth a visit..or 3.
As small as the place looks on a map, even a month would barely scratch the surface. LOTS of great roads, and many of them in good condition.
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Old 05-11-2018, 03:29 PM   #113
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Lessons learnt and other random musings...
.... wiser in hindsight.





PLANNING an average 250km/ day throughout the 3 week trip was too much. 170-200 would have been about right.

FALLING over with a 650cc or 300cc bike on top doesn't make a difference to the pain of a busted rib.

ANY repeat ride would be based from a "starfish" location, rather than a peripheral spot like Bucharest, requiring huge commutes.

THE G310GS
is a damn capable bike for its size...but it's way too busy for a tourer. Getting squashed by one, I'd like to try a 130kg stripped version.

NEVER, EVER assume ANY national road designation in Albania counting for a ride-able road...you could well be in for an afternoon at the MX-track.

DON'T
flinch, don't buck...just keep the hammer down and the boots ready to kick when you see packs of strays...they are NOT cuddly!!

DISREGARD
speed-limits to stay alive, nobody gives a shit incl. the rare constabulary. 30-50kmh over is about normal, 10-30kmh in towns. Always go with the fastest local.


ALWAYS creep to the front of the vehicle queue at a border-post, you''ll get processed together with the Lycra-mob and pedestrians.


IF YOU ever see a cop in Bulgaria, stop them at the next cafe and shout 'em whatever they want...they deserve it!

MISS your booked net-discount car-rental pickup by a day and the re-arrangements cost more than an Avis-retail rate.

INDULGE in your overseas riding + driving freedom... coming home to VIC/ AUS is like going back to prison.

JOINING the local riders mandates thongs, shorts and a loud T-shirt....and a Gixxer Thou at full noise with the nose in the sky. Wave to the cops...

ALWAYS check the emergency lane of local freeways for the freshest fruit+ veg bargains.

ANY side road in Albania can explosively spit out hordes of old men on pushbikes at any time of day or night, going in any direction usually across the main road.

DON'T slow down for livestock, pigs, donkeys, geese, goats, whatever....if it's smaller than you, it'll be fine, just prepare for impact...and the farkin mess.

ALWAYS
carry Euros in small denominations, they'll pay for HWY-tolls, flattened chooks/ geese/ducks, coffee and most other incidentals...everywhere!

DO NOT
rely on credit cards across the Balkans...you could be sleeping rough and chew fingernails for dinner.

ENGLISH is the most common 2. language all around...but be fluent in "hand+feet" + practice charades in front of the mirror at home!! Works Magic, that!

STRAP on EVERY BLOODY set of rental panniers with your jox-elastics or whatever you have...or prepare for a week-long search for your prized possessions.

DON'T assume any intelligence by Customs officials...ONE passport, ONE set of vehicle papers, ONE Green Card at a time!! Got that??

DO YOUR
homework on SIM-card providers, our Tellink-Roaming worked damn well right across the Balkan countries visited. A rarity, apparently.





more "wisdom" and bullshit to come...
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:42 PM   #114
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wow, just wow...

I am going to have to read and look at all this again on biggest screen possible, the phone and even laptop do not do it justice
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Old 14-11-2018, 01:56 PM   #115
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Yo, some of those landscape shots really only show their sparkle when on a "big screen".
Even better are the full-res originals on a 60" TV
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