TOURING WITH 2 WHEELED TROUBLE

My last weekend in Skofji Loka was booked solid; antique and crafts markets, biking, shopping, washing windows, dinner. I started with the antique market at 8am.

20130913-154716.jpgTHIS IS MY SECOND HELMET FITTING THIS TRIP

20130913-154820.jpgI THOUGHT THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT PIECE OF “ART” ($200)
We finally head out on our one hour bike tour

20130913-155102.jpgIT´S ALSO A RELIGIOUS PILGRIMAGE ROUTE, LITTLE TRIBUTES TO JESUS ALL ALONG THE WAY.
We visit this large church and decide to just lay there in the tall grass and listen to the wind. I feel so lucky to have found my freedom and someone that is willing to share it with me.

20130913-155549.jpgTHATS THE OLD WELL IN FRONT THERE.
Most of the farmers use hay balls instead of the old hay racks. But they have found a new use for the abandoned hay racks:

20130913-155846.jpgOLD HAY RACKS USED AS WEATHERPROOF BILLBOARDS
We find this picnic bench and table along the river, secluded.

20130913-160221.jpgTHIS LITTLE RABBIT WAS SITTING ON THE TABLE, FRONT ROW SEAT!
We stop at the store and buy supplies for Grandmas birthday. We spend an hour trying to save $1. I explain that I would rather spend the euro and have more time together; message received. Our 1 hour bike tour is now on hour 4, I´m starving. We head to the crafts market (again), this time for some vegetarian sandwiches.

20130913-161102.jpgHOTTEST COLD SANDWICHES IN SLOVENIA!
I´m cooking blueberry pancakes (go figure), bacon and “birds in a nest” for Grandpa (doesn´t like sweets for breakfast) (bird in a nest is bread with a hole for the egg, salsa, tomatoes, cheese)

20130913-161609.jpgNICE SMILE SARA :()
Natasa and I agree this is the BEST weekend ever. I tell her I want to go on the walk that we did the first day I arrived. I want to go to her favorite spot, where the 2 rivers meet.

20130913-164508.jpgIT´S TRULY AWESOME AND A NICE SPOT
Walking always reveals a towns hidden gems, like this bee box in a yard.

20130913-164849.jpgTHEY WERE HAVING A BBQ AND SAID IT WAS OK TO TAKE A PICTURE.

20130913-165030.jpgYARD ART
Carolyn and Tyler of TWO WHEEL TRAVEL BLOGcalled and said they were heading to Croatia, me too. So I suggested they come to Skofji Loka and we leave from here, OK. That makes several people happy, I´m staying one more day!

20130913-165516.jpg ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY
I play the victim and agree to whatever route they decide, just tell me where to turn. The route that Carolyn worked out was awesome.

20130913-173540.jpgIT´S BEEN RAINING ALL WEEK AND THE RIVERS ARE FLOWING REAL GOOD.

20130913-173717.jpgROADSIDE LUNCH STOP

20130913-173824.jpgTHE GRAVEL ROADS ARE QUIET AND VIRTUALLY CAR-FREE.
We pass Natasa´s work and stop by for one more kiss.

20130913-174405.jpg WHERE´S THE BROOM CLOSET? I GOT HIT!

20130913-175057.jpgA GOOD PLACE FOR SOME MINOR BIKE WORK
Were riding, again Carolyn´s routing is great, no rain until we reach the campground, 80 km. I´m dead, I haven´t ridden in a month. It´s thunder and hard rain, ALL night. The next day is the most serious rain I´ve ever ridden in.

20130913-181516.jpgI THINK I´M READY I’M READY FOR THE RAIN, BUT NO!
It´s raining hard we hide under a shelter for a few minutes.There´s talk of taking the train. We decide to keep riding. They ride faster than me, I pull up and their in a bus shelter making coffee.

20130913-181904.jpgWERE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE I CAN´T FIGURE WHO USES THE BUS STOP?

20130913-182103.jpgIT´S POURING HARD!
Tyler and Carolyn are great tourer´s, I haven´t ridden with anyone in 5 months, so this was a new thing for me. They insist the extra 7km toHOSTAL ALIETI IZOLA is worth it. I stop and take this photo while riding along the shoreline bike path.

20130913-183159.jpgONLY 75KM TODAY, I´M DEAD (again).
The Hostal is great we get our own room and use every inch to hang our wet clothes. The next day we do some day rides. The views are great

20130913-185007.jpg

20130913-185144.jpgSAME PHOTO WITH PEOPLE
The next night we go for dinner. They´re vegetarian and I want some seafood. So I scope out a $8 pasta and squid dinner, too late. They just closed as we walked up, because of no customers. WTF? So Carolyn remembers the name of a highly recommended seafood place.

20130913-185253.jpgTHIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN BEFORE THEY GOT THE BILL, HAPPIER TIMES
The bill comes to $125 for 3, were all in sticker shock, All I I’wanted was my $8 pasta, what happened?
I did take this funny photo of a lemonade stand today too.

20130913-185724.jpgTHIS IS TINA AND NAJA WORKING THE LEMONS!
After dinner the sky is beautiful.

20130913-190738.jpg Then it´s back to the hostel for another exciting night of disco

20130913-191005.jpgTHE MAP READER NEEDS HER REST AND SHE DESERVES IT. THANKS CAROLYN!

20130913-191123.jpgTYLER IS JUST KICKING IT
Carolyn and Tyler want to leave in the morning, I´ve got so much to do, blog, treat clothes, dry my tent and misc. stuff. I tell them I´ll catch up.
I call Natasa and suggest she come visit, score, that was easy. We get a dorm room for 6, to ourselves.
NEXT? Where did on sleep last night? the real story and all the Slovenian photos.
Your comments always welcome
remember to ride your bike!
Jeff

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