It has been an interesting couple of days. There is lots to see and do in a big city but we will be happy to have Budapest in our rear view mirror tomorrow. Nothing wrong with Budapest, we just find ourselves more at ease in smaller places.
Here we are on the east bank of the Danube, deep in the Pest district of Budapest. It was an easy ride here from Veszprem but was it ever cold! I had my Gerbing heated jacket on for the first time in weeks. Brrr.
Ten thousand a night! Call me Mr One Percent! Fortunately for me and my banker, the exchange rate is 221 Forint to the Dollar. Our room here has a bathroom larger than our room at the hostel in Ljubljana! How often do you get to carry around 10,000 bills?
Today was about the riding and the scenery and lunch. And about getting fixed on a destination rather than the ride.
From Kranjska Gora to Bled to Ljubljana. It’s only 100km if you count the detour into Bled.
It is amazing how far you can get in a couple of days when you put your mind to it. Two nights ago we were on the coast of Greece. Tonight we are in the heart of the Slovenian Alps. Kranjska Gora is center of winter sports for Slovenia. It is pretty darn nice for summer motorcycling, too. We saw lots of bikes today. Lots.
Somewhere in the Ionian Sea between Albania and the boot of Italy.
Here we are on the west coast waiting for our boat. It is scheduled to sail at 0700 tomorrow. We have to get up early. Not our routine, lately.
Yup, same place as before. The locals spell it with an a.
We had an interesting ride from Athens. The first half was toll-road, but pretty along the coast, up and down the hills. The second half was “the plains”, and we could have been in the Yakima Lower Valley rather than halfway round the world. Lots of flat fields with mountains on all sides.
Yesterday we played tourist here in Athens. We rode two-up to the nearest Metro Station, paid E1,40 for our tickets and hopped off near the Acropolis. I can’t imagine trying to negotiate Athens on my bike while watching the traffic and my gps.
That is the spelling the young lady used at our hotel this evening. We are a couple of hours southwest of Athens on the coast in a little town.
We had an uneventful ride today from Patras to Korinthos to here. Even without the stupid gps.
Today was full of adventure. Some of them we will remember our whole lives, some were acts of extraordinary kindness, some were just a pain.
Today was all about adventures in riding on Albanian roads. For short periods of time this morning both of us were having just a little more adventure than we wanted.
There is an area of low pressure sitting over the Balkans. It swirls around but has been stationary for several days. The weather models say it will be here for another week. Sarajevo was 41 degrees this morning with sleet. So we made a decision to head south, where if it does rain, it might be warmer. We are aiming for Greece tomorrow and plan to stay on the west coast, weather permitting. When we entered Montenegro we had to buy insurance for the bikes. The policies are good for 15 days so we need to be back through there by the 24th. Assuming we come back that way.
Lets go riding! Switchbacks, mountain passes, the Montenegro version of Mulholland Drive, girls in swimsuits, flat tracking the Wee two-up, and free pizza. We had it all. Today, I needed a GoPro.
The roads we were on today were a delight. The first 15 minutes out of Dubrovnik are right on the side of the hill and offer some fantastic views of the city and the islands just offshore. They need more turn-offs but they would have to spend millions to build them on that hillside.
What a lovely town! Forty thousand folks all hanging on to the hillsides above the sea. Very modern, very clean, and everyone speaks English. Of course, the place is full of folks from England. A lot of this town was damaged heavily in 1991, so a lot of it is new. Money is buyer’s choice here; Kuna or Euro both work everywhere.
This last 24 hours has been about the food. Perfectly good food, very nice food, and really excellent food. And some nice roads, too.
On this side of the harbor are mostly working boats. On the far side are the toys. In between, a little bit of everything. Mark Alpen could find work here instantly. At 6PM as I write this it seems to be clouding up a bit. It is cooler now than when we arrived at 3:30.
We played serious tourist today. A lot less walking and a lot more riding the boats. We certainly got our money’s worth. It can’t be overstressed; buy a long-term ferry ticket as soon as you arrive. Everywhere you want to go you can take a boat and then walk around to your heart’s content.