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Old 17-10-2018, 12:19 PM   #26
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The Drin Gorge before it flows into the lake...





Confluence of Buna and Drin just before the gorge...






Towers of the millennia...

The old mosque at the castle and today's comm-towers at Mt. Štegvaš (which is actually just across the border in Montenegro).

















Time to say goodbyes and ease the bikes down that steep and slippery cobblestone drive to the main road and into town.

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Old 17-10-2018, 12:19 PM   #27
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The old Rruga Kolė Idromeno is the historical heart of Shkoder and THE road and place where traders and rulers met and brokered deals of all sorts.
There's a Grand Mosque, an Orthodox church and a Catholic church in close proximity to each other, showing that they can all co-exist happily (as long as there's enough money + power around to fill every pocket).























More hard choices







Lil' black moggy still up the tree








Lake Shkodra Resort https://goo.gl/W71Tde
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Old 19-10-2018, 12:50 PM   #28
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Not only were the food prices very, very low, but the portions were BIG and the food tasted delicious!
I ate the local tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Haven't tasted tomatoes like that since my childhood.
This alone would tempt me to go back in a hurry (although, there are many other reasons as well...)
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Old 19-10-2018, 01:16 PM   #29
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Proving the point that a 250km day is a solid days' riding in the Balkans, the next day started with an EARLY get-up, leaving our base at the lake shore at 7am for what was thought as a "tootle' of a day.

Oh boy...just on 350km in the end, making the 60odd km to the ferry by 3 minutes and a bee's dick within what I thought was a VERY generous safety-margin.
Peeled the gloves off just as the ferry left the dock..... we also barely scraped back in under daylight.

But man....WHAT A DAY!!!
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Old 19-10-2018, 04:30 PM   #30
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Lake Shkodra-> Shkoder -> Komani Lake Ferry -> (Albania)


Shkoder to Komani Ferry https://goo.gl/yPkztJ




Maps and links come in 2 parts for this day, there's just too much of it to try and wrap it into one.
(aside from Gmaps not accepting any route involving the Lake Komani/ Berisha ferry.





As mentioned above, an early start to make SURE we'll be at the ferry by 9am.


The early Pink turning into another cracker of a morning....





Emailed them and booked last night, they know we're coming... should things get tight.
It's all good until "Pete's GPS" screws up and instead of shortcutting our way through the early-morning Shkoder via the SH5, I'm getting cold feet at the sight of the dilapidated Shkoder outskirts and luckily find a local in a minivan to guide us back onto some main road that rattles the memory into "base-navigation-mode" of North-South-Sun-etc.

5 mins later we're back on known tracks, having lost at least 15-20mins....something to nearly bite us on the arse lateron.

Juicy twisties just short of the SH25 turn-off....




....the road that follows the lake-shore for around 35km of kidney-bleeding potholes and whoopsies.

While the scenery is mind-blowing....so is the "road".
Farkinell...SH25 (State Highway25!!) is as BRUTAL! as the stretch from Peshkopi to Rreschen a couple of days ago...
The Bimmers are bouncing and crashing their way through with an ever-increasing urgency....







Wouldn't mind a roll on the mud myself right now...





...a prayer wouldn't go astray, either







Nearly an hour later the pain ends with a supersmooth piece of tar up a mountainside....but not before an open boomgate with a couple of uniformed guys and some shonky Shifty with a Komani-Ferry T-shirt and official manners and paraphernalia trying to flog ferry tickets at "discount prices"....exactly what the website had warned against.






Still, the surprise slows me down... the prior warning raises the middle-finger and 3. gear makes the little BM scream up the hill at 9000rpm.
6 minutes to 9am!! I just hope they run on the same clock we do!








Popping out of the tunnel... go too fast and you're in the drink.


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