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Old 08-19-2014, 06:32 AM   #1
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Laugh ALBANIA - Broke Bike Mountain

Here are some intro pictures from our Albania Overland Adventure....



























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Old 08-19-2014, 07:32 AM   #2
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nice !
how in the hell did the bike fall into the oil change pit ?
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:44 AM   #3
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nice !
how in the hell did the bike fall into the oil change pit ?
Great question.........was wondering the same thing.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:41 PM   #4
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Ok, lets start from the beggining.
Our plan was to ride remotest parts of Albanian mountains.
We prefer less touristic destinations anyway.

I planned route scanning Google Earth, combining City navigator 2014.4 and made routes to my Zumo.

We took ferry from Italy (Trieste) to Igoumenitsa (Greece) and from that point plan was to ride two weeks towards north (Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia to our home country Slovenia).

We took ferry to save off road tires on our bikes and start offroading Albanian mountains with good grip on tires.

We already started off road towards Italy to the ferry.


Following train tracks...



Following highway maintenance backroads


Through the mud puddles and forests


To the ferry...By this point we already had first flat tire on a BMW 650, but we decided to fix it after we leave the ferry.


We made it just in time to find a good spot with a view for the next 36 hours of ferry ride





The Grand Enduro Slovenia Team:



We came prepared with warious goods for the time on the ferry


Yeah, mine homegrown hot chilly really is hot this year. Face mimics show there are some flames :P




Next morning we got bored already



So went to have some fun and explore this big ship













After 36 hours we were really ready to leave the ferry and finally start with some real enduro riding!



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Old 08-20-2014, 01:59 PM   #5
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:33 PM   #6
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I am sorry for late update, but this days I work all day long, and internet connection is bad.

Lets continue with the story...

Ferry arrived to Igoumenitsa (Greece) in the middle of a day, and sun was hot like in oven.
So we put our gear on in shade and went on asphalt road towards the Albanian border.



Police woman on Albanian border was kind enough, to let us bikers over the line, and in to the shade, while fixing border papers.

After the border we had about 100 km asphalt before reaching to the mountains, where gravel roads starts...
Scenery was great!




But not so fast...
At this point, it was my turn for flat tire.
It ripped walve off the rear tube, which I still dont understand, since I was using rim lock on that heavy duty tube!?




Since we did not had spare 18" tube with us, we had to use 19". We ran out of rear spares already on first day, and before even reaching gravel roads!




We soon fixed it, and went further to the Gjirokaster, to buy some spare tire tubes.

We reached beautifull scenery on the way...












Finally we got rid of asphalt...and we came on terrain for fast enduro riding...







Ground surface was fun to drive on!


South Albania is really fascinating





We continued towards Corovode over the mountain via Sevran i Madh. It was late afternoon when we found this beautiful lake. And imediately me and Matic got an idea, this might be a good camping spot! So we went down to check it a bit closer.




It was great spot. There was wood for fire and water, so we stayed for the night at the lake in the mountain, away from civilisation.
We soon made camp fire and some barbecue.




Next morning....



When sun got up, we woke up with this view.


Water was clear and warm, perfect for swimming.

Full of energy we packed our gear and were eager for new adventures.
We were curious where this mountain path will take us this day, and what will happen on the road today...

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Old 08-24-2014, 03:45 PM   #7
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Great start. Can't wait to see what happens next. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:19 PM   #8
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Thanks to your post, a ride through the western Adriatic countries is on my bucket list.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:30 PM   #9
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:57 PM   #10
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For this day, we had big plans, and some weird terrains to pass.

We had to get down of the mountain first...


We passed this funny hills, and Mitja could not resist to climb on one




Of course, than we had to help him get the bike down
Everything for some fun.




Curves were great!



We continued to descend..




In the middle of nowhere we met these folks...they had light shoes, and had to walk at least 10 km, and at least 10 km forward, there is no village...
Notice, how they are making shadow with branches...
I guess around here they walk a lot...



After some time, we found this place. Looks like, they are cutting big blocks of nice stones/marbles, and this are leftovers.



Great place to get new kind of enduro picture.



We finally reached the valley with this canyon.







We followed the valley until we came to Gjerbes. We wanted to go towards
Gramsh, but there are only two ways to get there.
One is going around the mountain on gravel road. That would be around 90 kilometres.
Other way is to take this wide riverbed for 16 kilometres. Its should be passable in this dry summer.




We choose to take the riverbed and try to save us time.
After all, it might be more interesting.
Seems wide and dry enough


Well it was not that dry on some parts...




We had to use rope to get it out.



Mostly there was rocky riverbed and on places some water.



Off course it did not go with some flat tires...But we had the tools needed to fix it.





After time, we came out of the river bed, and heading towards Gramsh.
Plan is to try going over another mountain Its east of Gramsh.
It should have some minor roads, but there is few kilometers around the summit, that are only goat paths... we might not make it, if its gonna be too steep, big rocks, or too many high ledges...

We will see, said the blind man.

We again started to climb uphill





There were some fast sections...


Nice views



Streams.



Lakes...



We passed by Kurata village under this rock formation



At one point Matic was not behind us...
We went back, and found him on the ground. Did not look promising.

Rear shock fell apart, rear end collapsed, rear wheel got under the fender, blocked the wheel and Matic was catapulted off the bike.
He had luck not to injured himself.

After he found all the bolts and nuts, we tried to assemble it together...


There is always someone, that pulls out from somewhere of the bike some last tool, that helps to fix our problem, and helps us continue our way.
We were lucky this time.


Meanwhile Aleš on his BMW 650 GS noticed his frame is falling apart.
Bad roads and high travel speeds are taking toll on our bikes already.
We are loosing bolts, and we have to check them more often.
By this time we almos ran out of spare bolts and nuts, and its only second day of offroading.


His bike also started to have some electrical issues...
Bike wont start, so we have to push him to start the bike.

Even with issues, we manage to climb further the mountain.
We met shepherd and we checked map together...


He told us we are the first foreigners this year on that mountain.
Rarely they see any other folks than locals.
From this point there is four hours drive to nearest hospital, he said.

He could not understand we are going through Albania just for fun and adventure.


(Hope you folks like it so far! I ll try to upload some video, when I get better connection )




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We followed the valley until we came to Gjerbes. We wanted to go towards
Gramsh, but there are only two ways to get there.
One is going around the mountain on gravel road. That would be around 90 kilometres.
Other way is to take this wide riverbed for 16 kilometres. Its should be passable in this dry summer.




We choose to take the riverbed and try to save us time.
After all, it might be more interesting.
Seems wide and dry enough


Well it was not that dry on some parts...




(Hope you folks like it so far! I ll try to upload some video, when I get better connection )




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With this kind of decision making, how could we not enjoy it?

Thanks for sharing this adventure with us.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:27 PM   #12
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:55 PM   #13
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With this kind of decision making, how could we not enjoy it?

Thanks for sharing this adventure with us
hehe agree! Can't wait for the video. Great report OP
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:37 AM   #14
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Flat Tyres in Albania is a Tradition

Great Trip, We pretty did the same tour last summer.

The Flat Tyres in Albania is a real issue, they throw on the road a lot of garbage (not albanian fault, they don't have the harvest of that shit). But is good that you can find almost everywhere "gomisteri" ready to repair your tube if you run out of!

in the link on my signature you can find the edit of our Albania Offroad Trip.

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Old 08-26-2014, 01:53 PM   #15
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Mariscos great stuff you got. Look like we like the same stuff. We should do something together. :P

I have one movie for now...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYhA...ature=youtu.be



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