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@ 5 July 2015- Bosnia and Herzegovina / Serbia

Bosnian roads were generally smaller roads with a less developed network
Bosnian roads were generally smaller roads with a less developed network
A typical view as we road.
A typical view as we road.

Today we said goodbye to Dubrovnik and rode towards Turkey. Jo took a bus to Montenegro and then will fly into Istanbul to meet up with us and Kathy (David’s wife) will be arriving.

It was only a short ride to the Bosnian border which then took approximately 45mins to get through as there was a cue (common thing). Once through we started to notice the difference between the two countries, with Bosnia appearing less developed and not quite as tidy as previous countries we had been through.

We would have to say Bosnia still had many magnificent views whether we were travelling through a vallies or over a range, the granite mountains with sparsely vegitated coverage.

We only stopped for food breaks in Bosnia and then hit the Serbian border later in the afternoon which we we’re impressed with as both the Bosnian and Serbian control points went very smoothly, including the odd joke thrown in by the boarder staff.

We road approximately 650km’s today and made our stop for the night in Nis (Serbia) arriving at an “interesting” truck stop/motel at around 10:00pm. The room was all very new and would have made Borat proud with leopard skin covers etc.

Serbia was a pleasant surprise with clearly more investment than Bosnia and facilities along the way.

@ 1July 2015- Croatia (David)

 

A selection of home cured meats. Kulen is the best!
A selection of home cured meats. Kulen is the best!

Today was the day I had to leave the “In Laws” and ride to meet back up with Steve and his wife Jo in Pitvica Lakes (they had made their way there from Venice). It is always sad to say good by to the Croatian family as they treat you so special and life is so relaxed. I decided to take the back roads via Bosnia to Plitvica thinking it would be scenic.

Bosnia was a pretty sad sight most of the way, with rubbish and part stripped cars not an uncommon view. The interesting thing was the huge number of abandoned half built properties (residential and commercial) everywhere I went. It was as though things were going well for the country and suddenly someone cut the funding overnight.

I will say the North West corner heading towards Plitvica was much nicer with fast running crystal clear water and properties that were better looked after. Oh, I came across many speed camera’s as well!

I arrived at approx 6:00pm to meet up with Steve and Jo and I must say it was good to have the Mad Ride Team back together. Tomorrow we walk the lakes.