2017-PROJECT CARPATHIAN BALKAN-Day 09

“NORTHWARDS”

Only two riding days are left until this trip – “The Project Carpathian Balkan” – is over. Two days earlier than planned. Memo to me: Next time ride and hurry less! But I know myself and I don’t think that I will take a slower pace in the future. That’s not related to my being, which wants to use the given time properly.
So my exhausting riding style, with a high amount of mileage each day will likely stay with me. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Overall I really like to see the landscape passing by, sitting on the back of my trusty black beauty. The time is flying away …

Day 9: On this day Чернотa and I rode from our shelter in the back lands of Croatia’s coast northwards until we reached the little village Smiljan, where a very popular scientist was born. After that we went on back to the coast of Croatia and further to Slovenia. Slovenia was passed through its woods and mountains. Back in Austria we found a shelter near the village Schildbach. Total Distance this day: 630km or 390mi ​

Hello and good morning you beauty of a day! After doing the morning toilet and … ​

packing the pony a last shot of this beautiful plain was taken, where we spent the last night. North was the direction which we have been going to. On our way we have seen loads of construction sites ruins of civil houses, which have never been finished. I asked a local about it, and he told me that this region was hard embattled during the Yugoslavian war in the 90tys. Many people have been killed and the houses where silent remnants of this people. Short after that talk … ​

Чернотa and I passed this improvised war vehicle. “Kresimir” did its duty on behalf of a Croatian Army as an improvised armoured personnel carrier. ​

Getting a closer look … ​

showed that these vehicles based-platform is a lorry … ​

or maybe a bus. I wasn’t sure about that. Just a few kilometres further we arrived in the village Smiljan. There … ​

Nicola Tesla was born. A real genius in reasons of electricity which was in the ways of his thinking far ahead of his time. Without him many inventions, which make our presence so comfortable wouldn’t have been possible. Have a look at the Wikipedia article about him. For me it was a real interesting read. In this … ​

little house he was born. According to a legend Nicola Tesla’s birth happened during a heavy thunderstorm which was accompanied by plenty of lightning. What a coincidence! ^_^ ​

We followed Croatia’s … ​

forests til we came back …

​ to the shoreline. Around the time …

of midday, we had a short rest …

in the shadow of a tree near the city of Rijeka. It was so hot! ​

Now Чернотa and I rode on to Slovenia. The Landscape there instantly got significant greener and really looked alike the southern parts of my homeland country Austria. Along …

some nice bends we did as we always do while being on a ride: We …

always were trying to avoid the motorway.

After refueling the water bottles here at this lovely spring …

we rode further on in direction Austria. In the distance the …

Karawanks, the chalk mountain massif which is dividing Austria and Slovenia, slowly arose.

We followed it’s valleys and …

climbed higher to a little …

plateau near the pass height of the well known Seebergsattel. Up there …

I had an expensive snack at this little cosy looking inn. (1 cheese/ham sandwich and a small coke : 9 Euro -_- )

Back in Austria Чернотa and I followed the Austrian/Slovenian …

borderline eastwards. After a nice ride over the famous motorcycling pass street …

“Soboth” we looked for a wild camping spot in eastern Styria. This wasn’t easy, and we looked for a long time to find an adequate spot due to Austria is quite dense populated. But …

finally, we found this isolated spot. After everything was built up I celebrated this last wild camping night …

with two neat nuggets of meat, some pepper and …

a can of my favored Austrian beer! Mhhhmm! >:-p

Pleased and with a full belly I crawled into my sleeping bag. Sad fully only a few km are left over for the next day, after which we would reach our home. Good night … .

Total distance this day: 630km or 390mi.

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