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About Rebellious free spirit
Love living in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I'm passionate about making things possible and being on my wave.

My Favorite Ridges in the Balkans

Vlahinja

There’s  something magical about mountain ridges. Ever since I came to the region I think it’s the steep and sharp karst ridges that have caught my imagination. You can’t get to them immediately and most of the time you have to make a real effort get there. Once there they greet you with endless views and dizzying height from all sides. To me ridge walking naturally lends itself to planning. I Look at them from a distance and my mind automatically starts plotting out a route along the slender knife like edges leading up to a peak or into the distance.

On Mosor, in Croatia lies the first ridge that caught my imagination in the region.  Just behind Split, the dry rocky outcrops of Mosor, provide one of the most stunning and dramatic views of the deep blue Adriatic and the rough Croatian hinterlands. It’s hot and unforgiving but my oh my what sights to soak in.

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Bike my talk

And I'm off

November last year I made myself a promise to walk my talk. To live from my core and follow the roads along the Dinaric Alps and the Via Dinarica route. To bike all the places I’d walked, visited before and always wanted to visit in between Sarajevo and Albania.

Now it’s finally so far. On Sunday I set off for Foča and the Tara the first leg of my journey. I have made no plans other then to start, and it makes very little difference what I do as long as I follow my heart.

Follow me here on Bike the Balkans if you want to see & feel what it is like biking here in Bosnia, Montenegro and Albania.

Sixty+ Tunnels to Pluzine

Sixty+ Tunnels to Pluzine

Better take a strong heavy duty bike battery with you if you decide to bike this part of Montenegro. 60 and many more tunnels varying in length, number of potholes and the fact that none of them have any lights make the beginning of this day a real thrill seeking adventure. One good thing…you won’t find too much traffic on these roads. It’s actually almost empty.

What struck me today was that when I bike I really get to see and interact with my environment so much more than when I drive. The scenery, the dogs which followed me, roadside workers eager to chat, fishermen, pilgrims looking for a way into the monastery and many more people crossed my path.

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Going nowhere slowly

In the past few days all I could think of was what I was going to do and where I was going? Today’s ride changed it all. It took me a good part of the day to really start to enjoy myself.

Scenic route

I decided to take the scenic route. Villager had told me that I only had about 7km of gravel road along the top of the canyon. Sadly or luckily I forgot to ask in what state the road was? I ended up pushing my bike up through rough gravel patches and thinking why am I doing this again? And then my thoughts ended. Here at the edge of Komarnica canyon I started noticing everything around me.

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Bike Chich Bike

Durmitor

Unable to go over the higher passes of Durmitor due to the snow, I was left with the only other option and to follow several canyons leading up to the plateau beneath the impressive peaks of Durmitor and the town of Zabljak.

Can’t help it but by now the emptiness and isolated nature of mountains around Durmitor are becoming one of my recurring themes. The ride was stunning, taking me into Durmitor National Park via a long plateau of highland meadows and old Yugoslav monuments. I’d have stayed a while longer had the clouds not closed in and hurried me along to the town of Zabljak.

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My own rhythm in Montenegro

Over the past week I’ve slowly increased the distances I biked. It felt right Yesterday’s 110km from Ostrog Monastery to Herceg Novi was long, tiering and at the same time exhilarating.

Long stretches with gentle inclines in an empty landscape under the scorching sun, gave me enough time to be with me. I needed to do this trip and take some time to establish my own rhythms and find out what’s really important to me.
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Biking up the Tara

Day two in Herceg  Novi and  I’m stuck on the coast while waiting for a thunder and lightning storm to pass over. Torrential style rains accompanied by a strong  wind make it almost impossible to set off. Or that’s what I keep telling myself ;) There is only one thing left to do, and that is wait and share some of my impressions from my descent from Zabljak to Biogradska Gora.

It’s an interesting stretch up along the Tara canyon. You can see that tourism is picking up here. Scattered along the roadside are various information boards about cultural and natural sights in the region. I’d normally just drive past them, but this time decided to make a few detours. They turned out to be surprisingly fun.
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Everything you wanted to know about the Via Dinarica Trail

alliance-brochure-2017-cover-webWe’ve been busy since 2010 developing and promoting the Via Dinarica long distance trail(8 countries, 2,000km, and 20+ national parks). It’s really this year that the Via Dinarica has started to exponentially take off. More and more travelers, outdoor adventure and media companies are exploring both the Via Dinarica trail and the eight countries in Western Balkans region. The region as a destination has grown up and the Via Dinarica and the Via Dinarica Alliance have played an important part in making this happen.

To highlight our involvement, Green Visions together with an Alliance of regional outdoor adventure companies committed to developing and promoting the Via Dinarica have created a cool looking Via Dinarica Alliance Brochure for 2017 with information about the Via Dinarica trail, trips and partners. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to another exciting season in 2017.

Green Visions in NatGeo Traveler's “ Best of the World ” 2017

National Geographic Travel Best of the World December 2016National Geographic Traveler magazine has recognized the Via Dinarica mega-hiking trail and cultural corridor—an eight-country route that spans the Western Balkans—as one of its “ Best of the World ” destinations for 2017. The NGT story, which includes 21 of the most interesting places on the planet to experience adventure and authenticity, makes the point that trekkers along the Via Dinarica have the chance to “sleep in remote mountain shelters along the Adriatic Sea, atop the region’s highest peaks, and above the continent’s deepest gorge.”

We’re excited for Green Visions to be mentioned in both the online and magazine versions of the “ Best of the World ” destinations for 2017 story. Not only do we feel proud to be part of the Via Dinarica movement, but there is something that touches us deeply since we’re doing it together with Via Dinarica Alliance and many other partners from the entire Western Balkans, including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia.

“What was once a contentious region has become the planet’s most exciting cross-border destination. ‘The Via Dinarica has replaced politics with nature’, and ‘What could be more beautiful?’”

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Green Visions Guide ad 2017

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