Monthly Archives: September 2011

Hard

Ohrid, Macedonia:   I made it through Albania but it was hard going as I cycled eastward from Tirana through the Balkans, climbing more than 1,500 meters yesterday against a hard headwind for most of the way. When I left … Continue reading

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Accosted by the Police

Tirana, Albania:   I have discovered that most Albanians are off-the-charts friendly. It’s been an incredible day of meeting so many warm, hospitable, generous and welcoming people.   In all my cycling around the world, I have never received such a … Continue reading

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If It’s Monday It Must Be Albania

Shkoder, Albania:   It’s beginning to feel like I am on one of those European bus tours with a-country-a-day schedule.   In the past four days I have cycled through parts of four countries and covered much ground.   Consider … Continue reading

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Almost Lucky on a Saturday Night

Kotor, Montenegro:  Just as I was dozing off into slumberland last night, in that wonderfully bliss state of scant consciousness, my bedroom door suddenly opened at the Apartmenti — Croatia’s version of a B&B — I was staying.  In barges … Continue reading

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Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia:  For a quarter of a century I have maintained a fascination with the walled medieval city of Dubrovnik.    In 1986, when the cold war was frosty, I spent a college semester “studying” in Europe and for some obscure … Continue reading

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“The Dead Line”

Neum, Bosnia and Hercegovina:  Today didn’t unfold the way I visualized. I planned to  take a side trip by bus to visit Mostar, a city that dates to the 16th century and one recently made famous during the Bosnian war.  … Continue reading

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Balkan Mojo

Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina:   I found my mojo in the Balkans.  My momentum is back.  Today I entered the 11th country on this tour, Bosnia and Herzegovina.   I surpassed the 30,000 meter threshold in cumulative climbing.  And I … Continue reading

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