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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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1st gear adventure

Here are some pictures and impressions from todays' ride.

It is 40 Km from the city to this barren and desolate area. There are still a few inhabited houses in some villages but no one spends the winter here. I shudder to think how winter must be (1400m above sea level). It's late autumn now and last of warm and clear sky days for the season. Even with this backdrop isolation of this place is overwhelming. When I pass a village and shut the bike off silence is absolute. Only slight cracking from the exhaust can be heard.
40 Km from the city is actually 40 Km of very twisty road that follows the mountain. As the crow flies is probably half that and life is still so different in these two places.

A more skilled rider could probably manage this road in 2nd gear but for me it was all 1st. Hairpin upon hairpin with almost every peril a rider can find on the road. Stone wall on one side, abyss on the other, gravel in the middle. Boulders that slid from rocky sides here and there. Parts of the road never seen by sun with condensation and puddles. Eye-straining contrast of direct sunlight and deep shadow. Mad men in Golfs charging at you. Cows and horses and small dogs around villages. Hours from medical help and poor mobile phone reception. A very physical ride.
Fun, though.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 02:46 PM
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great pic's Ivan, I would be in 1st gear with you to bro. that looks like a lot of fun
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Beautiful pictures, very nice
I especially like the second last pic
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Yup, beautiful.
Thanks for posting, and making me green with envy .
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Thanks for bringing us along on your trip. Nice land and narrative!
1st. gear does sound a little tedious but the scenery sure is nice!




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Having just rode recently some steep gravel roads, im with Ivan on the first gear approach, my plastic to expensive to replace.
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Ivan,
Were you standing on the 'pegs? If not, try it next time you hit gravel, and you'll probably be able to go 'up' a gear safely.

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Superb pics! Thx for sharing.
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Great pics of your adventure!

I think I missed something though - where is this?
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The place is here:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Bukumi...=p&z=9&iwloc=A

Montenegro, South-East Europe.


Ed,
I know the theory well, but when the very loose gravel/stone sections come along last thing I want to do is stand up on the pegs. I'm working on this as well as loosening up the handlebars. I'm comfortable standing on the pegs on compacted roads but when it's really rough it gets scary.
It would be so much easier to practice these skills if these bikes weren't so fragile. I just cant afford to drop it so sometimes I take the extra safe route just to get trough.



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Thanks for sharing - great landscape and nicely written.

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excellent!

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Wow, very beautiful. It must be very difficult to live in these areas, the soil looks quite thin. Maybe a person could raise goats but crops or even a garden look to be out of the question. The second to last photo looks like pictures one sees of Afganistan. Thanks Ivan.
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Nice pictures.
Thanks for taking us on the ride.

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Wow, awesome. I want to go!
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