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The Perfect Riding Day… Smugglers Pass

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CURRENT LOCATION:  Upper right corner is my SPOT Satellite track provided by SPOTwalla.  When activated, it provides a real time track of my travels.  The tracks are archived back to my arrival in Heidelberg, May 15.
Goodby Arabba … Hello Slovenia (Slovenija)!

May 31, 2013

Location:  Arabba to Bovec, Slovenia

Lodging: Hotel Kanin, Bovec. Slovenija

Money Conversion:  €1 = $1.296 USD or$1 USD = €0.7717

Gas/Fuel in Bovic, Slovakia: €1.479/l or $7.254/gal!

We are loaded and moving on to Slovenia.  If we ride direct it’s a 4 hour ride.  We are taking a long-cut and cross more passes.

The day's first pass.

We rode down Plocken Pass.  Several extreme 180-200 degree switchbacks.  ~20 turns down a mountain face.  The hairpin turns tunneled into the mountain and exited below the road above.

Plocken Pass

Below the Plocken Pass half-way to Slovenia, we pass this WWI memorial.

My riding pal takes us on a very remote pass that drops down to the Slovenia/Italy border.  It is a single lane road with very tight hair-pin 180° switchbacks.  Some of the turns were too tight to complete.  In the middle of the turn the bikes had to stop, roll back then continue forward uphill.  I’m guessing some places the slope was +20% grade!

Smugglers Pass. This was one challenging pass -- Sella Carnizza!

180 degree panorama of both sides of the border.

All the locals say it never rains in May.  Seems like the rain is following us.  Tomorrow might be a break in the weather.
Finally!!!!  A full day of Blue Sky Riding…

Sat, June 1, 2013

Location:                   The Northern Passes Slovenia/Austria

Lodging:                  Hotel Kanin, Bovec. Slovenija

Money Conversion:    €1 = $1.296 USD or $1 USD = €0.7717

Gas/Fuel in Bovic, Slovakia: €1.479/l or $7.254/gal!

Time & Distance:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm, approx. 60 miles

We have a clear days with rain forecasted later in the afternoon.

This is the gate of the fort. The modern road now covers a huge tomb of soldiers.

The Kluze Fortress is a historic site.

Predel Pass

3 bikes and a cannon - men and their toys.

A tribute to Russian prisoners who died building this road.

This pass had cobble stone hair-pin turns! Very interesting riding, slippery as heck.

This will give you and idea of all the switchbacks.

The roads are so treacherous, anything can happen...

You can't do anything in this National Park. Not even collect snails!

We spent the day crossing the alps from Slovenia and Italy and back.

This is a Russian memorial on the way to Passo Vrsic.

A perfect riding day!

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