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Old 10-18-2010, 06:24 AM   #1
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The late summer Balkan trip

Hi all,
I’ve been on the road for a 3 week trip through the Balkans. I had made other plans beforehand, but due to the fact that my father died 3 days before my planned day of departure everything changed. At first I didn’t want to leave at all, but I realized that staying home wasn’t going to bring him back. So, 2 weeks later I went off to “get some fresh air in my head”.
I started somewhere mid sept and the first day was just cruising the highway in Germany to get me to the border of Austria. From there on I left the highway and took the smaller roads through the countryside. There are mountains, nice asphalt & the sun is shining… so, that’s all I need to get me started.





austria

It took me 1 day of fun riding to get me through Austria and from Slovenia on I again took the highway to get me further South. (as I had allready been several times in Slovenia & Croatia before).
Croatian highway was booooooooooooooring as hell... but, it get's you somewhere in a short time.



somewhere on the road in Croatia. Close to the border with Serbia
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Old 10-20-2010, 01:22 AM   #2
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after the boring highway I was glad to arrive in Serbia. From there on I took some minor roads. And was realy surprised by the beauthy of Serbia. After a (rather rough) ride through the countryside I arrived in Belgrado in the evening.
I squized my bike in between thousands of cars and busses and even managed to get into the city center. Don't ask me how...
Found an affordable room and jumpt into the city that evening.
Belgrado is nice ! Yummie food, yummie beer and.. yummie beautiful girls
The city was a nice surprise.
But on the other hand it was strange to see the most recent cars and motorbike's here, while on the country side I only saw poor villages, lada's & zastava's, some tractors,... what a difference !















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Old 10-20-2010, 03:33 AM   #3
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:04 AM   #4
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Beautiful pictures.
Looking forward to more.

There are some great roads in Croatia if you have time though.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:55 AM   #5
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I was in Croatia several times before. And, yes I totaly aggree, there are some magnificent roads over there. I just wanted to explore some places where I hadn't been before, that's why I "rushed" through the country.
It's a pitty... I know, but you have to make choices when time is limited.

After doing some sightseeing in Belgrado I tried to get out of the city again. Which wasn't that easy. For one or other reason I found it difficult to orientate myself in this city. But, I managed to get out and even found the road to Nis. Which is just a small ride of approx. 100kms from Belgrado.
Nis is so nice ! It's a lot smaller and cosier than Belgrado. People are very relaxed and there was a great atmosphere. Yep, I love this city !

I ended up at the covered market in Nis.










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Old 10-20-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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and some more pictures from the market in Nis.













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Old 10-20-2010, 01:28 PM   #7
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What a great pics of market
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Old 10-20-2010, 01:35 PM   #8
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Time......

Time.
If only it was unlimited......
I understand your situation all to well.

You have a great eye for the camera.
Well done

Also sorry about your loss.
It's been four years for me.
Time does heal.......
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Old 10-20-2010, 01:50 PM   #9
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Time.
If only it was unlimited......
I understand your situation all to well.

You have a great eye for the camera.
Well done

Also sorry about your loss.
It's been four years for me.
Time does heel.......
Thanks for the compliments on my pics.

and thanks for the sorry ! My dad meant a lot for me...
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:55 AM   #10
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Leaving Nis on a cloudy morning. Cruisin' on the Serbian roads towards Bulgaria. On the nice twisty roads I'm getting passed by a big truck with trailer while his companion is riding a few meters behind me. I'm getting the feeling like in the "duel" movie... .
On one of the next bends the truck before me is passing another car and of course there is car coming from the other direction. He can make some place and with a nice speed of approx. 100km/h the truck squizes through the 2 cars... Hmm.. nice racepilots here..

The border between Serbia and Bulgaria is super relax. I'm the only one who is passing the border. The Bulgarian guys at the customs who are sitting outside in the shade just have a look at my passport andI can enter Bulgaria. Another country on my trip.





















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Old 10-21-2010, 12:36 PM   #11
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I toured in Bulgaria and went to Doug's place (whom you all know).
I'd promised him before that I would bring a jar of Belgian Speculoospasta for Poly. So, I did and delivered it safely at the Motocamp.
It was a nice morning and it was great to meet Doug & Poly ! It was such a warm welcome !









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Old 10-22-2010, 05:10 AM   #12
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After my visit at Doug & Poly I hit the road and took some minor small roads to the Buzludja monument.
grey sky, a cold wind,... perfect scenery for a ride to this beautiful monument.





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Old 10-22-2010, 01:23 PM   #13
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That is really beautyful. I am so interested in visiting Serbia, Bosnia, Romania
and Bulgaria .. but i guess Memsahib has a few concerns about safety and
stuff. Same with Slovenia and Croatia, till we were there, now she loves it
there.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:42 AM   #14
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I'm proceeding my way through Bulgaria.
And I'm facing some very rough roads... I don't think a kawasaki Z750 is the ultimate travelbike. The average speed is going down to 30 km/h for several kilometers. But, the weather is nice, the scenery is great,... so just relax !

Next destination is Edirne in Turkey.
A very relaxing bordercrossing and super smooth asfalt in Turkey !

Edirne is a great place. I very much liked the atmosphere and visited the beautiful mosque's in the city. I was several times before in Turkey with the motorbike... and it's always a very pleasant experience to be there.









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Old 10-25-2010, 02:17 AM   #15
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