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Selected photos of my 4 week ride through the Balkans and the Eastern Dolomites

Old 06-06-18, 06:04 PM
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Selected photos of my 4 week ride through the Balkans and the Eastern Dolomites

In April and May, 2018, I spent 4 weeks riding from Venice to Croatia, Slovenia and the Eastern Dolomites. I took over 2300 pictures and I have culled them down to 65 representative photos.

It was a great tour with some truly incredible places.
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Originally Posted by raybo
In April and May, 2018, I spent 4 weeks riding from Venice to Croatia, Slovenia and the Eastern Dolomites. I took over 2300 pictures and I have culled them down to 65 representative photos.

It was a great tour with some truly incredible places.
good stuff. Makes me wanna go. Thanks.
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Very nice. I always admire your work. Looks like a beautiful area.
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Always tough pairing down trip photos! Beautiful pics, I have long wanted to get to the Croatia/Slovenia area. How was the cycling in those countries in general?
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Originally Posted by jefnvk
I have long wanted to get to the Croatia/Slovenia area. How was the cycling in those countries in general?
Slovenia has a good amount of cycling infrastructure, including separated bike paths and marked cycle routes. The drivers are courteous, for the most part. Usually about a 2 foot area to the right of the fog line.

Croatia also has some bike paths, but on the coast the traffic is fast and consists of big trucks followed by a line of cars. The part of the coast road I traveled had a shoulder but it is curvy, lumpy and is not something Id want to ride in the peak times. The bit I rode, maybe 20 miles, had reasonably light traffic but I still stopped to let all the big trucks pass. With constant traffic, it would be scary.

Inland, I found Croatian roads to carry light traffic with the same 2 foot shoulder for the most part.

The bit of the Dolomites I rode either had well marked bike paths or enough of a shoulder to make riding reasonably safe. Note that there are many tunnels in the Dolomites and you need to be prepared for them.

Ljubljana has bike paths everywhere. Reminded me of Copenhagen.

All of these places are hilly. You must be prepared for some serious climbing to ride in the Balkans!
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Great pics, nice composition. Thanks for sharing
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I rode the stretch from Maribor to Trieste on a tour long ago but do not recall such pretty scenery.
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this is going to sound funny odd ray, but seeing a photo of you for the first time, you are not at all like the image I had of you. Kinda like seeing a photo of a radio person youve heard for years, and it doesnt jive with whats in your head.
For some reason, I thought you were older.

no offence meant, just an observation.
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great pics for sure. Looked like a great trip. Thanks for sharing them.
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Originally Posted by djb
this is going to sound funny odd ray, but seeing a photo of you for the first time, you are not at all like the image I had of you. Kinda like seeing a photo of a radio person youve heard for years, and it doesnt jive with whats in your head.
For some reason, I thought you were older.

no offence meant, just an observation.
I just turned 66. How old did you think I was?

My host took 2 photos of me. Here they are:


One I posted


One I didn't

Maybe you were thinking of the second one!
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as another slim biker, I should have known better.....
it kind of goes back to the radio announcer analogy, its funny how we make up a visual for someone and it never matches the reality, which I guess is normal.
A good example of how keeping active and riding is good for us. Glad you enjoyed the trip, yours is not the first report of how neat that area is.
I like riding in mountainous terrain, so this is yet another idea planted of somewhere interesting to explore, thanks for the trip report.
cheers
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