When I rode my bike into Saranda, 3 years ago, I was so happy to be here. That was some of the most challenging biking I had ever done. I went to the neighborhood I stayed in last time and found the beautiful Apollon Hotel. I like staying just a 10 minute walk from town, it forces me to get some exercise! Nothing has changed, 1/2 built buildings, gravel roads, garbage, dogs & cats everywhere. I was talking with a realtor, he was telling me how much has changed in the last couple years. I told him nice try, it looks exactly the same to me as it did 3 years ago. Continue reading
I’m going to my little beachside apartment. I really enjoyed staying in Dhermi 3 years ago and really look forward to returning. Shopping in the store last time was humbling to say the least. Only Plain yougurt, meat- was to cut how much sausage you wanted, cheese-cut it off the block. The store has been remodeled and has lost a lot of it’s charm. I bought pasta & sauce since there’s only one restaurant open. I use to have a landscape business, so I asked the owners for some clippers and trimmed the trees and bushes around the apartments. Continue reading
When I biked through the Mediterranean 3 years ago, I picked Albania as my favorite country. Why? Number 1 is always the people, they were so warm, welcoming and generous. The nature was spectacular, the history: (both the Roman & communism) was super interesting. The arts and crafts, especially the rug designs that are very vibrant & colorful. Albania offered the main things that interest me when traveling. On a bike I wasn’t able to buy the souvenirs that I wanted, like a rug. So I had a mission on this trip (mission accomplished).
I have never rented a car when traveling, this will be a first. I wanted to revisit people & places and retrace my bike tour route and also visit the middle of the country. I first drove an hour to Durres, on the coast. I’ve stayed here before, but never really connected with this town. I got a great ocean view hotel for $25, with breakfast.
I try to ride my bike weekly from Skofja Loka to Ljubljana (25km). On one journey home I notice some new Red Bike Signs that directed you to “Kranj.”. I wondered what route it took and why there was no signs to Skofja Loka?
I volunteered to set up an Electric-Bike (E-Bike) testing area., during the European Mobility Week. I love to bicycle, but for transportation the E-Bike can replace your car, in lots of situations. We had 30 people test ride the E-Bike, all came back with huge smiles. One of the other participants also had an E-bike for testing. I talked with him and he said he was from Velenje (where?). He told me there are 60 km of separated bike paths in Velenje & you can get an E-Bike too!, I’m in. Continue reading
I like my Blog to focus on bicycles and the positive contributions bikes can play in our lives. I had already ridden & written about the Kamnik Alps loop bike ride. MAP. I’ve been wanting to re-do the ride because of the nature and people this tour provides. Stanley wanted to visit Slovenia, so this was the perfect ride to show off Slovenia (& a little of Austria too). Continue reading