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Old 06-27-2007, 10:34 AM   #1
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Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia…

Trip lasted for five days, we visited Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia. Crew consisted of dr.chala (member here) and his wife Xenia on V Strom and I on GS 1200. Dr.chala and Xenia visited area two years ago so they had pretty clear picture what areas are worth visiting. Xenia also took majority of pictures in this report.

Zoltan (SixDays02 on AdvRider) joined us for first day.

Report can be also called “Extreme heat report” because temperature rarely dropped under 30 degrees Celsius.

Day One, Zagreb – Sarajevo

Friday and Monday (22. and 26.06) are holidays in Croatia, so we skipped last few hours of work on Thursday and hit the road around half past two. Border was crossed at Hrvatska Kostajnica. Border policeman asked Zoltan: “Are you Zoltan from Croatian motorcycle forum?” Cool.



First stop was near Banja Luka, it was terribly hot, northern part of Bosnia is flat, so we didn’t enjoy riding at all. It will soon change, as we entered Vrbas river canyon.













Next pictures show power plant near city of Jajce, turbines and other machinery are placed into tunnels inside mountain, and water comes from nearby Plivsko lake trough 5700 meters long tunnel with diameter of 5,40 meters.









Following Vrbas we arrived in Jajce (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jajce), small city on the confluence of the rivers Pliva and Vrbas. Jajce has very rich history, but it gained prominence during the Second World War because it hosted the second convention of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia (AVNOJ) on November 29, 1943, a meeting that set the foundation for the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia after WWII.











We also visited Pliva Lake, near the city.





Trip continued trough Central Bosnia. We passed through very dense cloud of bugs, at first I thought it was raining. Picture was taken next day.



We reached Sarajevo around ten o’clock and settled in BM hotel (http://www.bracamujic.com/). Zoltan’s friend Ivo was waiting for us in Sarajevo. We will part our ways tomorrow morning, as they had different travel plan than rest of us.

It was time for some local food and walk trough city centre.







To be continued…
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:11 AM   #2
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Waiting patiently for more Great stuff again from Damir,Chala and Zoltan of course
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:45 PM   #3
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What a beautiful ride, keep the pic's coming!!!!
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:51 PM   #4
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:19 PM   #5
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Old 06-27-2007, 01:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for the visual tour!!

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Old 06-27-2007, 02:22 PM   #7
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Hi Damir,
beautiful tour

The road sign down is very pretty .. bends like this are the dream for the folding man

Also of Automan (old serial TV if someone remember)

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Old 06-27-2007, 03:24 PM   #8
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Old 06-27-2007, 03:46 PM   #9
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Nice report and beautiful pictures!!!

Ill be heading down to Istanbul via Croatia-Albania-Serbia on friday!
I have heard from many that Albania is unsafe for travellers. What is your opinioin. Should I avoid it?
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:40 PM   #10
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Nice report and beautiful pictures!!!

Ill be heading down to Istanbul via Croatia-Albania-Serbia on friday!
I have heard from many that Albania is unsafe for travellers. What is your opinioin. Should I avoid it?
I was in Albania three years ago and had no problems at all! The roads have been terrible but the people are very, very nice and friendly.

If you plan to do an overnight stay, the coastal region southern of Tirana might be nice as i've seen a lot of small hotels and B&Bs.
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:55 PM   #11
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Old 06-28-2007, 12:16 AM   #12
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Thank you all!

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We haven't got any problems in Albania.

We entered country near Ulcinj (Montenegro), and then headed for Tirana, Elbasan and exit in Macedonia near Ohrid.

I have to pay 10 Euro for entering the country, and 2 Euro for exit. On exit Albanian border officials tried to invent some non existing problem, and probably earn some extra money, but we were not in mood to give them anything. It lasted for 10-20 minutes, and then they let us go.

Road in this direction is OK, part from Montenegro to Tirana is very good, straight, wide road, drivers are little crazy, but this is how it goes in this part of the world.

Road from Tirana to Elbasan passes trough mountains, it is bumpy and narrow, but nothing really hard.

There are lots of petrol stations in Albania and they are all selling unleaded petrol, so no problem with fuel.

We haven’t spent night there, so I have no info about finding accommodation and prices. You can enter Albania in the morning and exit in afternoon if you are uncomfortable to stay there after dark. It took us around six hours to pass trough, we stopped for refreshments twice, and did some sightseeing in Tirana.

I am currently working, I will send you my GPS track as soon as I come home, around 17 o'clock local time, hope it is not too late.

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Old 06-28-2007, 01:32 AM   #13
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:40 AM   #14
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Hey Damir, Thank you for sharing of your fantastic trip photos. Lets see others !
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Old 06-28-2007, 04:49 AM   #15
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Nice report! Keep it coming

I'll be in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia first week of this August. Would be nice to meet for a drink?
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