Western Balkans

Date: September 2015 Duration: 3 Weeks Countries visited: Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia During our first trip to the Balkans in 2012, we found ourselves heading south from Montenegro through Kosovo and then on to Macedonia. When I was stood looking out over lake Ohrid from the Roman Amphitheater

Željava abandoned Airbase

Date: September 2015 Located literally on the border between Croatia and Bosnia is Željava Airbase. It used to be one of the largest airbases in eastern Europe outside of Russia. Since the wars of the 1990s it lies abandoned. Unmarked minefields surround the airbase. Carved into the mountain beside the runways are massive underground aircraft

Albania

Date: September 2015 Duration: 6 Days The road (E022/SH4) out of Greece towards Albania is large, deserted and unsignposted. Neither Albania nor any of the major cities that are reached along the main road are sign-posted. Thankfully we were using the Satnav. Successfully across the border after the usual inspection of passports, registration documents and

Albania: SH74 – Berat to Këlcyrë

Date: September 2015 Albania features two cities which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, Gjirokastër and Berat. Both are located in southern Albania and it would be highly recommended to include them in any tour of the country. The most direct route between these two cities would bring you onto the road that is

Albania: SH20 highway

Date: September 2015 Distance: 60km (30km unpaved) Time taken: 2½ hours Development warning: there was a lot of construction traffic around, it would seem that SH20 is rapidly becoming a fully paved road. Albania, previously closed off and still very different to the rest of Europe. It’s one of the poorest countries in Europe, depending

Physical Condition

The bikes are both at the garage being serviced and having new tyres fitted. We left instructions with the garage that they both need to be good for five thousand maintenance free kilometres, on some of the lowest quality roads in Europe west of the Caucasus. Our own physical state is pretty critical too. Spending

Summer Holiday 2015

Itinerary: Ride to Italy, take boat to Greece then ride back to South Germany via Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. When: September 2015 We’re doing another Balkan trip. This time we’re doing a different route and visiting a few new countries. Using our experience from previous trips, we’re making a few changes