It`s the peak of the summer tourist season here and the campgrounds are FULL. Slovenia is Europe’s playground and it`s a rocking. I`ve ridden all bike lanes or backroads to get to BLED LAKE. It`s packed with tourist and there`s a reason, it`s beautiful and historical.
THIS PHOTO IS TAKEN FROM THE CASTLE
This is so amazing, I`m not the only who thinks so, CAMPING BLEDis booked solid for 2 weeks. I`ve got a spot (in the sun) but a spot.
To ride your bike around the lake takes maybe a 1/2 hour. It took me 8 hours to finally get back to camp. I spent 3 hours just at the CASTLE. I watched every video on the computer, history, rowing olympics training, geology, earthquakes that required the castle to be rebuilt several times.
I stopped by a local crafts market, I talked to the jeweler, he had jaspers from Oregon, pretty cool. We talked rocks for a little while. Then someone said the Olympic Bronze medal rowing champion owned a Mexican restaurant, called Chilies. I looked and looked and couldn`t find it.
I want Mexican so bad, I look the next day and finally ask this local. He tells me in Lesce, the town next door is the best Mexican. I left my bike at camp and its on the other side of the lake, so I take the bus. I order some chips and salsa
THAT IS THE CENTER PEICE AT THE CHURCH
Some more photos of the church are HERE There are 99 steps up to the chuirch, if you get married there, your suppose to carry your wife to the top. (Make sure she`s light)
Bled is a magical place, but I`m not the only one who thinks so, the walking/bike path around the lake is packed. I`ve been a good tourist, but it`s time to go but not before this traditional show.
PARK ENTRANCE AND A RELIGIOUS STATUE
TRIGLAV PARK contains Slovenias highest mountain.
Someone warned me about the huge climb taking this route, I`m thinking how bad can it be?
THIS POSTER WAS IN HIS COFFEE SHOP (notice the marihuana photo in corner)
I have to stop and cool off my brakes and rims, it`s super steep. This photo of a women, who rode her bike up to sickle the grass, is awesome!
I FINALLY MAKE IT TO BOHINJ LAKE, 24 HOURS LATER, YEP 23 MILES IN 24 HOURS!
SOMEMORE PHOTOS OFTHE LAKE ARE HERE
ANOTHER SELL OUT
CAMP BOHINJ sits right on the lake, it is so beautiful here.
I hike to the waterfall one day
I TOOK THIS PICTURE THE DAY I WAS LEAVING
I will miss this little part of heaven, ALL the people at the campground were super awesome. The restaurant at the campground had super regional food and pizza. I was told about the pizza from someone in Bled. It was HUGE, but yes I ate the whole thing.
I`ve got to hit the road.
There are more photos, but I am not able to post them till I reach Croatia, sorry. I hope you understand?
NEXT? I stay with a local family, can hardly wait, but have to ride first.