The tunnel talk has gone on for forty years. So the EU stepped up by giving Slovenia 35 million euro of the eventual 53 million euro total cost. The route was confirmed in 1991, the year Slovenia broke away from Yugoslavia. The financial details were resolved in 2006 and construction started in 2013, the year I got here.
Natasa and I made a bike ride we call the “Super 8”, it’s 8 km from Skofja Loka. For 2 years we rode on the new “highway”, before it opened. It was really interesting watching the tunnel and new road take shape. I took photos all during the construction up to and including the opening ceremony.
Slovenia is mountainous, so there are lots of tunnels, it must be quicker in the long run to bore through the mountain, than build a road over the mountain. I walked and rode my bike through several times, days before the official opening.
THESE ARE PICTURES A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE OFFICIAL OPENING
in the middle of the tunnel it echoes and is noisy, but they wrapped 10 meters at each end of the tunnel in soundproofing material. It’s amazing how quiet it is, probably to help the neighbors sleep at night. The day of the opening I was riding to Ljubljana, so I stopped by for a last look. A worker stopped me, I explained (In English), I wanted to just ride through, then he waved me through. I know it was the English that got me through. , he obviously didn’t speak any.
We were out of town when they had a celebration for reclaming of the old town. The big trucks and lines of cars waiting to get between the buildings, it was time for a tunnel. The tunnel seems to be mostly good except for one thing.
Natasa talked with the people who live on the ‘old” road. They said big trucks were still using the old road and felt the new road wasn’t on truckers GPS yet, who knows.
I’ve been super busy, hence not much blogging, but rest assured we’ve got lots of adventures to share, that’s why we’ve been busy. There’s a balance between living the adventures here in Slovenia and writing about them.
I came across this article on BBC about Slovenia:: THE LAKE AT THE END OF THE WORLD
I’m going to England for the Climate Change March on Nov. 29, then Bristol to see Courtney Barnett, then to Paris where the World Climate Change Summit is taking place.. First I plan to volunteer for the protest and in between be a tourist for a couple days.
If your in London on Nov. 28 or Paris Dec. 12, email me and we’ll meet up at the Protest.
and whoever you are out there, thanks for reading our blog.
NEXT: MUSHROOM PICKING IN SLOVENIA
TILL NEXT TIME
I PLAN TO SEE THE “THEE OH SEES” IN LONDON