Replenish and Repair

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We stopped at one of the fountains to replenish our water tank and do the dishes.

Yesterday, one of the wood piles hit Jeepli and the plastic bumper broke. One step closer to a steel bumper with winch! A. repaired with zip ties.

Frugal Country

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As we drive north, we enter parts of Albania where water seems to be abundant.

Fields are more fertile and farms are bigger than in the southern part of Albania.

Good Morning Gjuras

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We left a tuna can with leftovers to attract bears in the evening. It was thoroughly emptied, but probably not by a bear.

Krastë to Gjuras

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Today was the most exhausting off-road day ever. We drove 74 km pure off-road and the “roads” were challenging.

Total distance: 74079 m
Max elevation: 1469 m
Min elevation: 695 m
Total climbing: 2296 m
Total descent: -2277 m
Total Time: 07:55:36

Another Stuck Branch

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Driving through the woods, we passed by many piles of cut branches waiting to be transported to the valley.

Being lazy, it is easier to drive through the pile and not clear the pathway. But occasionally (actually: quite often), a branch gets stuck.

Chrome Mining at Bulqizë

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Krasta represents one of the largest chromium reserves in Albania and in all Europe, having estimated reserves of 2 million tonnes of ore grading 40% chromium metal. Source; Wikipedia

Devoll River to Krastë

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Total distance: 125183 m
Max elevation: 1539 m
Min elevation: 70 m
Total climbing: 3451 m
Total descent: -2260 m
Total Time: 07:22:58

Lunch with Jim

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Notice the number of beers.Jim invited us for the beers.

He was an immigrant from Greece and showed videos of his wife. When he wanted his daughter to join in a skype call, we made a move.

Kanionet e Osumit to Devoll River

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Total distance: 93196 m
Max elevation: 477 m
Min elevation: 60 m
Total climbing: 1763 m
Total descent: -2058 m
Total Time: 07:12:27

Berat

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One of the nicest towns in Albania.

Standard compared with other countries though.

The monastery in the castle.

1000 windows.

Hair Cut

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He proposed exactly what my budget was: 200 Lekë – 2 Euro.

The deal was done and closed in 5 minutes.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline

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Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is a pipeline project to transport natural gas, starting from Greece via Albania and the Adriatic Sea to Italy and further to Western Europe.

The pipeline would be supplied by natural gas from the second stage of the Shah Deniz (Azerbaijan) gas field development in the Azerbaijani section of Caspian Sea through the South Caucasus Pipeline and the planned Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP). Since it will enhance energy security and diversify gas supplies for several European markets, the TAP project is supported by the European institutions and seen as a “Project of Common Interest” and a part of the Southern Gas Corridor. Source: Wikipedia

Ogdunan to Kanionet e Osumit

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Total distance: 76877 m
Max elevation: 1294 m
Min elevation: 366 m
Total climbing: 2727 m
Total descent: -3063 m
Total Time: 07:55:27
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