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    Eastern Europe & the Balkans

    I should have posted these photos up some time ago but better late than never. Consider it ideas material for spring/summer 2010.

    Having sailed from Ancona in Italy we arrived to find a very wet and grey Croatia

    We were looking forward to the legendary Dalmatian coast but all we could see was mist and clouds. Nevertheless we pressed on along the D8 and after a while the clouds and mist began to lift

    It was not long before we were rewarded with those stunning views.

    On this coastal route you pass through Bosnia for a short stretch. It is 26km long and is part of the map redrawing exercise after the last Balkan war. This ensures that Bosnia is not landlocked. No insurance was required to pass through this strip of land.

    we stopped in Dubrovnik for lunch but had no time to sight see.

    Our goal for the day was to reach Budva in Montenegro and wait for Marcin Safranov who is one of the famous 4 from . He would be joining us for the Balkan leg of the trip.

    There was a small insurance fee of €10 to be paid once entering Montenegro. After this we were on our way towards the Gulf of Kotor. Europe's most southerly Fjord. Despite it being early April the temperature was in the high 20's.

    A lot of motorists choose whether intentionally or mistakenly the ferry that cuts across the mouth of the Gulf and miss out on the road that runs around the perimeter. This is good for us motorcyclists as the road is quiet and the views just got better.

    Kotor itself has had a lot of Russian investment flow in and as a consequence there were some very large yachts and gin palaces in the harbour

    by late afternoon we had failed to find a campsite that was open and opted for the Hotel Kangaroo.

    It was not long before we heard the familiar tones of a KTM single and our group of two was now 3

    Walter's bike had mysterious visitors in the night.

    The next day we move inland with the intention of over-nighting in Albania

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    leaving Budva - Montenegro

    The next morning the three of us fueled up in Budva

    and made our way down the Adriatic coast. Steadily we rose out of the mist and were rewarded with stunning views and some great mountain twisties

    from Jonathan Fox on Vimeo.

    As we moved inland we caught sight of Lake Shkoder and the snow capped mountains of Albania. Lake Shkoder is an amazing sight. It had the appearance of an inland sea with many small islands dotted around.

    Strange mythical orange beasts were spotted

    It was getting hot down here despite it being only early April. It was 28c

    Marcin Safranow of fame

    The following photos are courtesy of Marcin Safronow

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