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


Date: September 2012 Duration: 3 days Crossing over one of Europe’s great rivers, the Danube, we enter into Romania just south of Bucharest. The Danube runs along the border between Bulgaria and Romania, and we will revisit this river further upstream when we return to Budapest. Soon we are on to a dual carridgeway headed


Date: September 2012 Duration: 5 days Crossing over from Macedonia at 1,500m altitude, we return to the European Union and into Bulgaria one of the newest members. Our initial research indicated that even motorbikes require vignettes to use any major road, however the customs officials just wave us through. We have crossed a timezone and


Date: September 2012 Duration: 3 days Over the border from Kosovo and its our first chance to use our green cards, saving us a reported €50 each. Ohrid (Охрид) in the south-west corner of the country, is our destination. The roads are the best since we left Hungary and traffic is reasonably light. Macedonia managing


Date: September 2012 Duration: ~24 hours Ten kilometers after exiting Montenegro we arrive at the border crossing into Kosovo. There is a vacant gunner tower opposite the insurance office, likely due to recent violence at nearby crossing points. When we’re there the crossing is quiet and a pack of puppies are on hand to greet