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Old 06-02-2014, 03:03 PM   #346
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I've replied to Your quest, yell if there is more I can help with anything in Sarajevo or region
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:28 AM   #347
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:50 PM   #348
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Urgent kosovo insurance

Hi,
PHIN is in the Balkans on AT,and trying to find out how much insurance is to buy at border with kosovo.
I dont know exactly where he is crossing from cos i,m in bed in UK.lol
Any ideas guys.
Hope GYOA going well guys.
Cheers Jim

apperntly he is sitting in a field in montanegro with an 18 year old cow girl............lets hope he is behaving himself....
Any info would be great. thanks guys

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Old 06-05-2014, 01:38 AM   #349
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:43 AM   #350
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Thanks for your help mate info sent to my friend.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:28 AM   #351
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Hi,
PHIN is in the Balkans on AT,and trying to find out how much insurance is to buy at border with kosovo.
I dont know exactly where he is crossing from cos i,m in bed in UK.lol
Any ideas guys.
Hope GYOA going well guys.
Cheers Jim

apperntly he is sitting in a field in montanegro with an 18 year old cow girl............lets hope he is behaving himself....
Any info would be great. thanks guys
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:04 AM   #352
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What happens when your motorbike breaks in Montenegro....

All,
As you will have realised, Theti was the last time I saw you all. I was really disappointed not to have made it further, especially as Sarajevo was what I was most looking forward to, but feel lucky to still have made it that far and done all of Albania including wild camp and hiking to Grunas Waterfall.
Thanks to each and every one of you for making the trip so memorable, with special thanks obviously to Rose for managing to co-ordinate such a great trip/group of people!

I arrived back in home in England Friday at 9am, but I thought I'd share with you what happened after I last saw you all on Sunday morning....

Sun am- Ride through pouring rain into Montenegro. Marvel at how petrol stations have women employees and biscuits which arent stale! :)
Sun pm- riding along the road and Janice goes BANG with some temporary rear wheel locking. Windy and his bike Mike bravely tow us to the campsite which was luckily only a few kms away in Biogradska Gora (for those who didnt make it, this was in the middle of a national park with no nearby towns). We then went into the restaurant and mulled a few ideas over with Timpo and the others. Suspect cam chain snapped on Janice. As my car had no green card to drive that far and my trailer bearings were on their way out, driving to collect Janice wasn't an option. My breakdown cover doesnt include the Balkans, so the option left was to get it to Greece, Slovenia or Italy where I could get picked up. I text my mum to look for ferries on the internet and she came back with a Dubrovnik (Croatia) to Bari (Italy) ferry at 10pm the following day. The waiter who spoke no english managed to understand our predicament and within 10 mins had something arranged for 12pm the following day to take us 5 hours to Dubrovnik for 250 euro.

Mon- I call ticket line first thing in morning to be told there are no spaces till Thurs. Text mum again to get me the Croatian telephone number and call them praying they speak english. Manage to speak to an english speaker and book onto a ferry at 10pm that evening- phew!
At 11, two dodgy looking montenegrin men wheel janice away- i follow and to my relief a suitable VW transporter van awaits. They spend ages trying to secure her then we jump in. I got the front 2 passenger seats, old guy drove and young guy sat in the back with Janice and her hand guard right up in his face-poor guy! Escorted by Toby and Windy we set off for Dubrovnik. Neither of them speak English unfortunately so we communicate in sign language and mime! Smells of bad cologne and stale cigarettes. Get to Croatia border and old guy jumps out- turns out he has no passport so young guy takes over. After a few miles we stop and he gets out of the car to give Windy his phone to talk to 'my sister'. Turns out he has no idea where Dubrovnik is so wants to follow Windy!!! Get there and I push Janice onto ferry (699 kuna/ 93 euro) and settle in for 10hours and another 'sleep' in a chair. Toby and Windy go off to camp. Its too far south for them to come with me- Bari is level with South Albania and they would never be back to Venice in time (we cross to France fri 1am- Toby has a flight from London to catch!)

Tue- Get off ferry and call breakdown- picked up within 2 hrs. Old guy who speaks zero english collects me takes me to 'mangare', or eat breakfast to me and you. He wont let me pay!Im grateful as the ferry was pretty rubbish, not like Anek Lines! I spend the rest of the day lying in the shade of my broken bike reading a triathlon book and making friends with a huge rottweiler guard dog and the other garage workers. They keep giving me water and take me out for lunch and to the beach. Insurance wont repatriate Janice because of the value but will fly me home and back again once it's fixed (what good is that?! Its over 2000km from home and I have no holidays to take from work until April 2015!). My original plan had been to leave them to take the bike home and I'd get a train to Venice to stay with family and wait for Toby and Windy. I have a brain wave and suggest to insurance that if they hire me a van I will drive it to the car/ trailer in Venice and take the bike home myself. After about 20 phone calls, eventually at 615 pm, they tell me they have found a van 60km south of where I am but they close at 7pm. The old guy from the garage drives me there at about 100mph and we collect the van, I follow him back, him and the other guys lift Janice into the van and at about 830pm I leave Bari heading fro Venice. Toby and WIndy have made good time and are camping somewhere near Rijeka so I know I have a lot of time to make up.

Weds- I drive overnight and arrive in Venice about 10am to wait for Toby. We then load up, drop van off at an unmarked Hertz office (fun to find..... not!) and leave Padua about 3pm. We call in at my best friends near Lake Garda for a shower and dinner (my first shower in days felt SOOOOOOOOOO good!). Leave hers at 9pm and drive overnight up through Switzerland. Gotthard tunnel close till 530am so at 3am we stop at the services just before it for a nap. Dont do this unless you want to freeze to death- its so high up and was surrounded by snow!

Thurs- 530am resume driving and arrive in Calais at 8pm (early so we book onto a ferry an hour earlier than intended). Cross to UK.

Fri- 1am arrive in UK. Drop Toby at London airport and I finally get home at 9am. Unload bikes, gear and SLEEP.

I'm now in an argument with insurance. They only want to pay for van hire, not fuel or tolls.... we will see about that!!! But either way, me and Janice are home! Called my local garage and they cant fit her in for fixing until at least July so looks like it might be a while before she's up and running again :( :(

Anyway, I hope everyone elses journeys home were far less eventful. I'm looking forward to reading about everyones adventures and seeing photos.

Take care, Danielle x
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:08 AM   #353
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hi Danielle,

Heard of your woe!

I left the last campsite at 0900 on fri morn and was back in basel at 2000, out for beers in the town at 2030.
900kms in 11 hrs inc fuel stops, I passed the same van about 5 times, they started to wave

I developed a leaky front sprocket seal on the last day of trail riding but at least it kept the chain oiled for the trip back.

some random images.....

leaving Venice.. bikes sandwiched between the trucks

Timpo demonstrating his wing chun bong sau skills

Typical lunch time.... meat, more meat, chips, salad and cheese
Sarajevo

Strange Bosnian drinks

Don't wander too far from the path

Pre flight inspection performed satis

evening beer scenery


when I have gone thru all the pics I will put up a dropbox link for everyone from the trip

regards Fritzl.

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Old 06-07-2014, 02:07 PM   #354
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Hi Danielle,
I am sorry to hear the WYOA had to end this way with Janice.
Hopefully your bike can be repaired soon.

Here a typical WYOA picture after a hard working day....
Everybody is smiling...
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:47 PM   #355
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High Danielle--sounds like a bit of an epic but you, Janice, trailer and Toby made it--and before me--just got back this evening (Sat).

When I left you on Monday it was all still a bit uncertain for you--and I didn't even have a phone signal so goodness knows how you managed to sort it all. My poor front tyre choice (soft Goldentyre FIM enduro) meant that it was chopping and wearing so badly that it wouldn't have made it back to Padua--lesson learned (however, the rear Michelin enduro was fine and only half worn at the end)

I back tracked the 80 kms to the capital, Podgorica--and found the KTM dealer located by dirty Pete for his starter clutch and bits--a great guy ran it ,called Fetah I think. He rustled up a Metzeler Tourance from somewhere and between us we soon had it fitted--and he even found a horn for me to replace the one that fatigued off on that long rocky trail in Albania--remember the rattle I couldn't find! He only charged me 40 Euros so a decent tip was added.(you need a horn in these foreign parts!). By the time I got going again with a "road "tyre there was no real option but to sort out my own route as I didn't have the road speed to get back or tyre to continue on the track. I also found a good campsite just south of Dubrovnik. On Tuesday I headed up the old coast road past Split and beyond--what a great road and great scenery--just endless , even bends with a good surface--and another good campsite with a restaurant etc--20 yds from the waters edge under a pine tree--and no mosquitoes!. On wednesday I had to give in and find a hotel just past Trieste (Italians don't seem to camp). Thursday saw me arrive in Padua in the morning, load the van and head north, camping near Garmisch (best facilities I've ever seen, including most hotels!), and then Nancy (municipal site on the outskirts of town) to finally catch the ferry today (Sat) and home--and boy we must have had some rain--everything has grown so much in a couple of weeks. I hope that you get Janice fixed at minimal cost--and you are home safe with a tale to tell!
Thought that I should say thankyou to the smallest bike on the trip for a faultless performance (ignoring the tyre wear!)--and ridden by the oldest person I think !!


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Old 06-08-2014, 04:14 AM   #356
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Anyway, I hope everyone elses journeys home were far less eventful. I'm looking forward to reading about everyones adventures and seeing photos.

Take care, Danielle x
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:59 AM   #357
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:16 PM   #360
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I think you two might have already found some :)

As you have read D&J's report above you will know I left the traveling circus a few days early to help the rest of the team get home. After leaving Toby to head West to the car and trailer I headed home arriving back Friday afternoon.
A 4500 mile (7250 km to you lot) round trip and the mighty CCM is still going strong! looking forward to the next one already

Thanks to Rose for all the organization, Danielle And Toby for letting me drag them around Albania and everyone else for a great time! see you all again I hope

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