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Old 11-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #61
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Found my Picture. Looks like you stoped a few yards up the road... And got a better Picture then me :)




BTW that big metall bridge is a military Bailey bridge.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey_bridge
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:58 PM   #62
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Cool ride report and great pictures, the balkans is on my list of places to ride
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #63
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Day 6 - Kukes to Djakovica (Kosovo)

Our planned route was to ride out of Kukes, taking a gravel road following the lake, turning left just before the border



View looking aback at Kukes





Berin & myself enjoying a great track



The closer we got to the border we came across bunkers and watch-towers





Here you can see Kosovo in the background



The track is still looking well used



But as we carried on it started to look less well used



Went to recci the track, you can tell by my look in this picture that it was not good news



The track ended in steps up to someone’s home



A quick check of the map confirmed that we would need to retrace our steps



This was the route we ended up riding, to me checking out tracks that may or may not work out is all part of the fun



The local security were keeping a close eye on us



This beast was seriously checking out the HP2



We enjoyed the track in the opposite direction



Just as Nicky stopped to take this picture, a chap came along speaking good English and said he saw us ride by and knew we’d be returning and that they didn’t see many bikes that way



It was a busy track, but not with the kind of traffic we’re used to





We were back on the main road, a mixture of good graded gravel and tarmac. We pulled into a petrol station and were talking about getting food and were greeted by a ‘Cockney’ Albanian, living in London back home to visit his family



This was the feast he arranged for us, this was a real luxury for us as it had been bread & Laughing Cow most days, as it had been so remote.



We passed a disused factory, I commented that if we got stuck we could always spend the night here, but Jane told us this was the kind of place the zombies hang out at



Again, as we got close to the border there were more signs of defence.



The Kosovo border has to be the friendliest border crossing we’ve ever experienced







I had way-marked the hotel Carshia Jupave , it was good that the borderguards & police had also recommended this, I think it was a mixture of GPS freezing, user error & road works that resulted in us taking an indirect route to the hotel



A few heads were turned when we ended up having to ride down this cobbled alley to the underground parking





We went for a wander before dinner



We saw the usual sights you’d expect from a town with a history





But we couldn’t work out if this was the ‘in-place’ to buy wedding attire …





Being in the building trade, it’s been a few years since I’ve seen electrical work like this



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Old 11-17-2013, 03:09 PM   #64
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Being in the building trade, it’s been a few years since I’ve seen electrical work like this



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I thought that was Martin's GPS wiring?

Keep it coming, still waiting on more video's from Jane though......
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:31 PM   #65
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Thank you, ver good RR, keep them coming
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:28 PM   #66
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Terrific report and pics!!, Cheers from Paraguay!
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:12 PM   #67
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Day 7 - Djakovica (Kosovo) to Valbone (Albania)

We would have liked to explore Kosovo more as we had only just popped in for the night and heading back to Albania. I’m sure we’ll be back to see more of Kosovo on another trip.

We could have headed to Kasaj where we were going to cross into Albania on a perfectly good tarmac road but where’s the fun it that! So we found an old unpaved road/track that brought us right out by the border crossing.

But we did get feet!



Martin seeing if the were any fish in his boots



We crossed back into Albania with no problems and headed to do a loop in the hills before heading to Fierze to check out the ferry





More signs that we will close to the border again



The track became less used. As it was only a loop we were doing it wasn't a problem to ride the track back to the road and ride down the Fierze.





As we rounded a corner on the track we came across a group of men mining chromium it was a very small mine ( sorry no pictures they weren’t happy about pictures being taken I think Jane may have some video footage) They told us the track ended in about 1k because of a land slide, not sure if this was the truth, but we turned round as they were very insistent that they didn’t want us to carry on but you know how it is when there’s no common language things can get a bit confusing.

This picture is for anyone who’s seen the film “Taken”, don’t always believe Hollywood as we found only friendly people!!!



We wanted to head to Valbone for the night but first we wanted to check out the Fierze to Komani ferry as it was a option for the next days route.

This was the ferry in use before the road was built it, was the fastest way to travel North



We had heard the ferry they were using now was on the small size so we agreed to think about it and weigh up the options that night



We rode up a main tarmac road to Bajram Curri before heading to Valbone on a mix of graded gravel and new tarmac





We stopped for a late lunch on the side of the road with great views.



Then followed the road up the mountain to find somewhere to stay for the night









The first place we stopped at had no room as this was a popular area for trekking and climbing we carried on almost to the end of the road and spotted a sign for a hotel along a gravel track.

This is the great hotel we found



Bikes parked out on the patio



We showered, changed and met at the bar for a drink ,the hotel owner became very excited and called us outside, the sun was setting and was lighting the mountain, a truly amazing sight





This was the coldest we had been all trip so we were really glad of the fire and the extra blankets they brought us.



We had a great meal snuggled next to the fire.



This was todays route

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Old 11-26-2013, 03:02 PM   #68
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Keep it coming Louis! I'm planning time for video editing over Xmas, when I finally have a life outside work!!
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:42 PM   #69
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hohohoh guys you really impressed me, i'm an Albanian and i never drove over that really "hard" off roads ! for sure you have been in "thethi" village ? next time that somebody will visit Albania please let me know to present to you our beautiful country !!

here are some photos of "Thethi" place :






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Old 11-28-2013, 09:14 AM   #70
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I'm planning time for video editing over Xmas, when I finally have a life outside work!!
Cool I know its going to take a lot of time & skilful editing to make me look like a "Riding God" so more than happy to wait



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hohohoh guys you really impressed me, i'm an Albanian and i never drove over that really "hard" off roads ! for sure you have been in "thethi" village ? next time that somebody will visit Albania please let me know to present to you our beautiful country !!
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Yep the Thethi village area is great you do have a beautiful country would be good to meet up next time we are down that way

On the way to Thethi (more pictures to come later in the report)



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Old 12-09-2013, 03:22 PM   #71
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Way to go! This is why the Balkans are so bautyful.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #73
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Been through Albania twice, I have mixed feelings about the place, first it's one of the most beautiful place I've been, on the other hand it is probably also one of the places where I've seen the most rubbish at the side of the roads, or next to rivers, hummmmm

It's also the only place in Europe where kids have thrown rocks after me....

Still some of the views I've seen are stunning....

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Old 12-16-2013, 01:43 PM   #74
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Been through Albania twice, I have mixed feelings about the place, first it's one of the most beautiful place I've been, on the other hand it is probably also one of the places where I've seen the most rubbish at the side of the roads, or next to rivers, hummmmm
Yep I know what you're saying but most of Europe has to many rules about riding your motor bike on unsealed roads

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It's also the only place in Europe where kids have thrown rocks after me....
Never had this in Albania but did stop and hand out our stickers to the kids we meet but had this a lot in Morocco


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Old 12-23-2013, 10:10 AM   #75
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On the way to Thethi (more pictures to come later in the report)



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