Monthly Archives: July 2016

Touring the Balkans – part 3

Day 8 – Davos to Basel via the Swiss alps – 300 miles
A tour around the Furka, Susten and Grimsel passes, which all link together into a perfect loop of biking heaven. Except, on a summer Staurday there are so many bikes out it becomes a pain. Switzerland is utter crap compared to the pure joy of biking in Kosovo, Montenegro, and the Dalmatian coast.

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I don’t often take selfies, but when I do…

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Furka Pass

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Swiss-style Rosti for lunch

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Basel

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Day 9 – Basel to Sheffield – 700 miles
Obligatory photo-op at the old Reims GP circuit on the way back to Calais.

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Touring the Balkans – part 2

Day 5 – Kotor to Mostar to Split – 225 miles
Great view, great weather, incredible ride from Kotor into Bosnia. Average food. Still a whole day to enjoy the coast road back in Croatia and on to Split.

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Early start leads to stunning views, stunning roads, and not a car in sight

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The new “old” bridge in Mostar

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Full English breakfast, Bosnian style, in the old town alleyways near the bridge

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This was just after entering Bosnia, where the customs officer at the border said, “British? Ha ha! Breexeet! Big mistake ha ha ha! Have nice day”….
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The sensational Croatian coast road heading north towards Dubrovnik and Split – flat-out biking heaven

Day 6 – Split to Lake Bled – 325 miles
Not much of a ride, but an incredible view from the hotel room, and afternoon enjoying the lake, and dinner on the balcony as the sun sets.

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View from hotel room at Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Dinner on the balcony at sunset

Day 7 – Bled to Davos via the Grossglockner and the Stelvio – 400 miles
Can’t beat an early morning ride to get somewhere interesting for breakfast. Such as the Grossglockner pass, currently empty apart from me and some furry little gofers that seem intent on running under my wheels.

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The Grossglockner

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Apfel strudel and coffee for breakfast at the Grossglockner

Sunrise at Lake Bled. Apfelstrudel at the Grossglockner pass. Bratwurst at the Giovo pass. “Warme kuche” at the Stelvio pass. Schnitzel at the Davos Hilton. Got to love Slovenian lakes, Austrian mountains, Italian hairpin bends, German food, Swiss hotels, and of course, German motorcycles.

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The Stelvio Pass