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.
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.
It is not always possible to distinguish grave yards from graves – they seem to be scattered around the country.
We left a tuna can with leftovers to attract bears in the evening. It was thoroughly emptied, but probably not by a bear.
Today was the most exhausting off-road day ever. We drove 74 km pure off-road and the “roads” were challenging.
Max elevation: 1469 m
Min elevation: 695 m
Total climbing: 2296 m
Total descent: -2277 m
Total Time: 07:55:36
OSM clearly shows a castle.
Reality is less fascinating.
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.
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
Max elevation: 1539 m
Min elevation: 70 m
Total climbing: 3451 m
Total descent: -2260 m
Total Time: 07:22:58
The last shepard was very friendly, he came directly to us, shook hands and greeted us very cordially.
Driving off-road may lead to unexpected situations. We see forest fires in the distance – judging from the Open Street Maps which we are using, we may have to pass through or nearby.
The fires are not small – they are even in the news – see at 0:45.
It turns out that Krastë is 5.8 km from the place we are staying at tonight.
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.
Max elevation: 477 m
Min elevation: 60 m
Total climbing: 1763 m
Total descent: -2058 m
Total Time: 07:12:27
One of the nicest towns in Albania.
Standard compared with other countries though.
The monastery in the castle.
He proposed exactly what my budget was: 200 Lekë – 2 Euro.
The deal was done and closed in 5 minutes.
What a phallic symbol.
Wasps at the right place.
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
The table lost a screw. We found the exact replacement – for free.
Not more than 10 people on the edge!
6 Euro for 5 pieces of meat, 2 yoghurt and 2 coffee. The shortest paper form we had so far.
Max elevation: 1294 m
Min elevation: 366 m
Total climbing: 2727 m
Total descent: -3063 m
Total Time: 07:55:27
We stopped for pasta lunch.
Two guys preparing a sheep.
Albania had good links with China for some time to avoid links with Russia.