In one evening we wandered around Katamonu, went out for dinner and were introduced to Behiç's wonderful, kind and hospitable friends, Can, Guzin, Omer, and Pinar.
Roll on the best-foolish decision I ever made. I purchased the bike on my credit card (naughty!) I paid it off with my student loan and within the summer the bike paid for itself. Before owning my bike I was lazy, I drove everywhere so fuel costs alone paid for the bike, now I cycled...everywhere!
In Albania we rubbed shoulders with people who have migrated to England: some legal, and others illegal. Someone we met had even been deported! Everyone - and I mean everyone was helpful and kind.
As the sun dropped behind the mountains we pitched our tent. We sleep until 05:40 then we will bike the remaining 15 miles to the ferry in Lake Komani. We thought we had it in the bag. The next day we wake, pack away the tent and get onto our bikes. 15 miles, 2 hours, easy cycling, right?
It might be a bold statement…and I may have said it before about a different place, BUT I think Mali Losinj, Croatia was our favourite place of the trip so far.
If you’ve been following us on social media you will already know that we have LOVED Slovenia. What a treat. We didn’t have any expectations of Slovenia at all. We rolled into Slovenia at around 5pm on 13th May. We found a warmshowers.org host for the night and when we found out that we had been accepted to stay with Marko, we actually cheered! A person! Yes, Yes, Yes!!
I've dreamed about visiting Venice! I never imagined for one moment that my mode of transport to Venice would be a bicycle!
Crossing into Italy was a really exciting milestone for the trip! Italy offered some spectacular views and we need to go back! We've been told that the best parts are Northern Italy, the Alps and south - Pisa, Tuscany, Florence - Italy is on the list for another tour, another day.
When you ride a bike for 6+ hours a day you have a lot of time to think. Here are some of my thoughts about travelling and meeting people and why we should do more of it at home.