2 meals, 2 drinks for 10.50 Euro. Montenegro looks like an affordable country. They have the Euro.
Too much, too healthy, (almost) too cheap!
The second half is shorter off-road plus paved road from the pass back to Shkodra.
Max elevation: 1731 m
Min elevation: 47 m
Total climbing: 2392 m
Total descent: -3473 m
Total Time: 07:49:19
Electric box at work.
Why the hell is there a hangman’s noose?
New huts being built. For dogs and owners! How nice.
Don’t try meat or vegetables. They are cooked to death.
192 km, 9.900 m altitude.
Two chinese generators produce 400V electricity.
The electric control devices were Italian and from a newer date.
The rocks actually are a river bed.
The place has one restaurant, one bar and a decayed house which serves as a garbage collector.
We had dinner at the restaurant. Instead of a menu, the waiter/ cook opened the freezer and we chose some meat. Preparing meant that he locked the restaurant, ran to the village and came back with bread.
The bar was run by a one-legged guy who sold us a Jack Daniel’s bottle full of home made Raki and later joined us at the fire.
When we arrived, a group of 8 young boys with their leader greeted us with “Hey Berlin”. They were “Wandervogel” and left to search a place to sleep in the woods.
Als Wandervogel wird eine 1896 in Steglitz (heute Berlin) entstandene Bewegung hauptsächlich von Schülern und Studenten bürgerlicher Herkunft bezeichnet, die in einer Phase fortschreitender Industrialisierung der Städte und angeregt durch Ideale der Romantik sich von den engen Vorgaben des schulischen und gesellschaftlichen Umfelds lösten, um in freier Natur eine eigene Lebensart zu entwickeln. Damit stellte der Wandervogel den Beginn der Jugendbewegung dar, die auch für Reformpädagogik, Freikörperkultur und Lebensreformbewegung im ersten Drittel des 20. Jahrhunderts wichtige Impulse setzte. Source: Wikipedia
Shortly after, two French arrived walking. We had passed them earlier, they were exhausted from 25 km walk and we invited them for a beer. The second-from-right-side guy is the genius waiter/ cook.
Later, a Czech family arrived and we sat at the fire with them having raki. It turns out he is the Czech distributor for a couple of off-road equipment brands.
The first part of the famous Theth route which is a must for every off-roader. We drove it in reverse direction than most guidebooks recommend. Our first day was challenging and quite long.
Max elevation: 1258 m
Min elevation: 43 m
Total climbing: 3703 m
Total descent: -2796 m
Total Time: 07:45:59
We met 2 Polish groups of 10 and 12 cars.
1 lead car. 1 trailing repair car. 8-10 guest cars. All driving in a chain. How boring!
The locals do it with a 2WD Mercedes bus. No frills.
We took Marta and Igor. Unfortunately, they had to share one seat, but they managed well.
Both are currently finishing their studies. Marta is a neurological surgery doctor and Igor is a vet.
Some years ago, another ferry sunk. Not sure why they keep it.
The DJ served a good mix of Albanian and Greek pop.
Nice chats with a couple from the UK. He was a head teacher and she was a social worker.
Chaos at Lake Komani arrival point.
Max elevation: 861 m
Min elevation: 214 m
Total climbing: 2030 m
Total descent: -2228 m
Total Time: 03:32:13
We invited the guys to raki. The security guy refused and had coffee instead.
The guy lives in a camper across the street. He had worked in the mine, which is not operational anymore for 17 years.
He explains that these 2 pieces have 5% of Chromium.
While chromium metal and Cr(III) ions are not considered toxic, hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) is toxic and carcinogenic. Abandoned chromium production sites often require environmental cleanup. Source: Wikipedia.
Max elevation: 1258 m
Min elevation: 347 m
Total climbing: 1962 m
Total descent: -2810 m
Total Time: 08:18:13
Tomorrow is Working Thursday, so we stay in a hotel to wash hair and bodies.
The hotel has a famous and completely useless fountain with foam.
Some roads are closed and people stroll in Kukës.
Finished: The gate, the entrance door, the ground floor windows, the roof.
Unfinished: All other.
What a lovely place in the middle of nowhere!