VLORA TO SARANDA PART III (the final chapter)

I didn´t want to leave Dhermi, after a big climb up to the “highway” (minus the cars). The scenery turns spectacular again.

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I´VE TAKEN MORE PHOTOS HERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE.

20131030-124021.jpgALL THE VILLAGES I PASS THROUGH ARE AMAZING, THEY ARE JUST CLINGING FROM THE MANY HILLSIDES.

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20131030-124304.jpgALBANIA HAS SOME OF THE MOST DRAMATIC AND SAFEST BIKING I´VE EXPERIENCED ON THIS WHOLE TRIP.

20131030-124527.jpgALBANIA HAD SO MANY ISOLATED BEACH RESORTS.
It´s getting late and I need to find accommodation.

20131030-125113.jpgI PHOTOGRAPHED THIS FROM THE NEW BRIDGE.

20131030-125228.jpgTHIS LOOKS LIKE MY NEW TOWN
I check a local hotel (free wifi on the sign), they want $40. No. I ride to the beach and there´s some grass shacks on the beach and a olive orchard. I pick the olive orchard. I started to set uo camp and I heard this snorting sound, I look over and see 3 pigs running by. I´m thinking their wild boars (they attack).

20131030-125631.jpgSO I SET 2 PILES OF ROCKS NEXT TO WHERE I SLEEP, JUST IN CASE!

20131030-130011.jpgSO THEY NEXT MORNING I´M VISITED BY MOMMA PIG, 300LBS, 150KG HUGE!
As I lay there, a local farmer is herding his 20 sheep by me. Then the cows are eating there way by me too. I was visited by pigs, sheep and cows, I´m feel like I´m doing a home farm stay.

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BIG MOUNTAINS AND SANDY BEACHES (doesn´t get any better)
The google map shows that if I follow the beach road there´s a road up to the highway at the end. I find a cafe and plug in my phone, just as the power goes out. It goes out everyday, nobody knows when it will come back on. I got a coffee just in time. I find out the road doesn´t go through.

20131030-131517.jpgWHILE ENJOYING MY SEASIDE COFFEE, IN ALBANIA, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
I grab my phone and head back to get up on the highway.

20131030-131902.jpgIT TOOK ALMOST 2 HOURS TO GET BACK TO MY “SHORT CUT” SPOT ON THE HIGHWAY.

20131030-132051.jpgNICE POWER POLE

20131030-132146.jpgTHOSE DARK DISKS ON THE TABLE ARE FIGS, I BOUGHT MY SECOND ONE HERE. THE AMERICAN FLAG IS EVERYWHERE IN ALBANIA.

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I stop for lunch, since there´s virtually no cars eating on the road is a good option for simplicity.

20131030-133159.jpgIN ALBANIA, ANYONE OR ANYTHING CAN WALK BY,
They are so causal about using the “carfree” highway.

20131030-133424.jpgYOU CAN SEE THEY TAKE THE WHOLE ROAD ON A CURVE, NO PROBLEM!
The biking on this route has been great, but Saranda is getting closer and I´m glad. That road from Vlora to Saranda was tough.
The last 10km was pretty flat.

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Traveling in the off season has so many advantages, the weather, no crowds, and

20131030-140059.jpgI GOT THE HOTEL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PHOTO FOR $20.
Food is so inexpensive here, I´ve been carry food for a month, it was cheaper to eat out than cook.
ALL THE ALBANIAN  PHOTOS CAN BE SEEN HERE
THANKS FOR READING, AND GO RIDE YOUR BIKE BECAUSE IT´S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
JEFF
NEXT: KASMIL AND FINAL THOUGHTS ON ALBANIA

6 thoughts on “VLORA TO SARANDA PART III (the final chapter)

  1. Mark Bernards

    Just keeps getting better. I like the dining out is cheaper than cooking for yourself. Imagine that. Keep on bikin’ Jeff.

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  2. anusa Mihelic

    Dear Jeff, I saw, that you enjoy travelling throught the Albania. I wish you nice wheather. We have nice autumn. Thank you for postcard, we got it yesterday. When you,ll back to Slovenia, contact us.
    Anusa & Matjaz

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  3. Phil

    So funny, we experienced the same ups and downs in Southern Albania. It is just amazing. You even took some of the same pictures as we did. Greetings from Turkey and keep riding 🙂

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  4. Klaus

    Hi Jeff, we got a nice foto of you with us on the pass above Saranda/Albania. Was great to meet you there. Whish you the power for the rest of the mountains. Greetings from Germany Imme and Klaus

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  5. paulvanpeenen

    Jeff, what a great trip! We are a couple of weeks behind you in Croatia. We have no planned route going forward to Istanbul but you’ve inspired us to spend some time in Albania. It looks fantastic. Keep riding and keep writing! Paul and Jan

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