ITALY, SLOVENIA & CROATIA via PARENZANA TRAIL (f-that)

Numerous people have told me about the Parenzana trail from Trieste Italy through Slovenia to Porec Croatia, on the beach.  It’s a old railroad right of way, so I thought how hard can it be?

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ONCE ON THE TRAIL IN ITALY, IT CAN BE QUITE NICE.

    Grabbed the bus from Ljubljana to Trieste, saving 2 days of riding.  Riding out of Trieste was tough, met another cyclist who guided me closer to the start of the “trail”.  Once on the trail, it was super nice, paved, signed and the first figs of the year were just ripening.  Only biked an hour or so in Italy until I crossed into Slovenia.

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WHICH IS IT? BIKE PATH OR NO BIKES ALLOWED?

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I ATE QUITE A FEW FIGS

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SLOVENIAN BORDER AT THE BLUE SIGN

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ITALY                                      BIKE PATH BORDER                                    SLOVENIA

It’s super hot out, I called a friend, Uros who owns a hostel in Izola-sorry full.  So I pinched the last spot in a campground that is packed with tents.  Rode into Izola in the morning for a chocolate croissant with Uros.  Then to Piran on the Parenzana trail, set up the tent and went swimming in the ocean.  The water was too warm (climate change), actually not that refreshing.  Gotta keep moving if I want to ride the whole route.

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IN CROATIA THE TRAIL STARTS OUT AWESOME

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VIEW FROM CROATIA TOWARDS PIRAN, SLOVENIA & SALT PONDS

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“THE ROUTE OF HEALTH & FRIENDSHIP”? IS KILLING ME

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NO BATHROOM REST AREA, SO HERE YOU GO

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THE TRAIL IS GETTING TOO ROUGH FOR ME & MY TOURING BIKE

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CROATIAN CULTURE BBQ

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PIG & GOAT

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 HAD ENOUGH OF THIS “TRAIL”

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I START RIDING THE PAVED ROAD, SO MUCH NICER! WITH FEW CARS

The only camping nearby is EKO-GECKO MINI AUTOKAMP.  I walk up a gravel trail for  1 km, it’s super hot, but a good move.  I set my tent up and it starts raining-hard.  I wait under the camp shelter for 1/2 hour for it to stop, check tent-dry.  Talking with Michael of Eko-Gecko, he says the trail gets worse.  I’m done with the Parenzana trail.  All the people who “recommended” the trail I don’t think have actually ridden it.  I walked around the town and saw several flowering Clerodendron trees.  That was my Grandma’s favorite tree, it reminded me of her.  I had one planted in my yard back in America.
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SMELLS OF GRANDMA

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INVASIVE ENGLISH IVY WAS EVERYWHERE

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TRADITIONAL CROATIAN STONE ROOFS

I checked the map, skipped the coast destination and headed out on the paved road.  After riding awhile I think I found some new “favorite” bike routes.  Only saw a few cars and those drivers shared the road enough to make me feel safe.

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VALLEY VIEW WITH OLIVE TREES

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WHEN I THINK OF THE MEDITERRANEAN I DON’T ENVISION PINE FOREST, BUT HERE THEY ARE.

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LOVE THE STONE ROOFS

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THIS HOUSE WAS WAY OUT IN THE COUNTRY

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VIRTUALLY CARFEE

I spot a sign that says “Slovenia” it’s super hot and I’m kinda done.  Coming into Croatia the  border crossing from Slovenia had 50 cars in line.   Leaving Croatia I came to an isolated border crossing with just a few cars in line, kinda like the road I was riding.

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WELCOME BACK TO SLOVENIA

I can check the Parenzana trail off my list of bike tours I need to do.  If I had a full suspension Mt. Bike or for that matter an E-Bike, I might consider doing it again.   I still feel safe and incontrol riding the backroads of nearly any country.
Enjoy,
Jeff
NEXT:  Kamfest by Bike


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