Europe – Part 1: Slovenia, Austria, Germany

Croatia, Slovenia, Austria 430km

Crossed two more borders today making it our 19th country.  Meant to say in my last post that we crossed the border into Bosnia, then 9km later we crossed back out again into Croatia, its just the way the land lies so that Bosnia has access to the coast.

We rode a mix of highway and secondary roads today.

There are so many tunnels here, the longest one was about 8km long.  In one tunnel we entered in sunshine, and on exit we were in fog.  They also have a number of overpasses for wild animals.

Called in to the lovely Lake Bled

The medieval Bled Castle on top of a sheer pinnacle of rock

…there’s a Harley rally on in Austria, we have seen so many Harleys on the road …

…as you can see, we blended right in

There is also a rowing competition on (thought of you Roger) so the place was overrun with people – we didn’t stay too long

Just loving the scenery.

Stayed in a picturesque Austrian village

With, of course – a castle.  There are so many of them through here.


Austria, Germany 402km

Started off with a brisk 17 deg in fact we ended up putting on our down jackets – its been a while since we experienced cold!

The scenery is amazing, steep hills, bright green grass, dotted with houses, couldn’t see the roads connecting them they just seemed to sit there.  They were much higher than the photo above, but didn’t seem to get a good photo of them.

But then we got low cloud over the high mountains, some with a little fresh snow – it was such a shame as I think the scenery would have been absolutely stunning.  The light was a bit too dark to get good photos.

We missed a lot of skies looking like this, but eventually got caught in some rain.   Because of the weather we changed our plan and decided to stay on the highway, and a good call too – we later met some bikers who had tried to ride the smaller country roads but they were so congested they ended up going on the highway too.

There are so many great options for riding in Europe, the riders here are just spoilt for choice.

Oh yes, crossed another border today – Germany.

Stayed in a lovely German town, full of character.



  • Roger Watts

    4,700 Masters rowers at Bled for the World Masters Champs – would love to have been there!

    September 7, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      We met a couple who were competing, from England. 4700 in that small town, plus the Harley rally – it was busy.

      September 8, 2017 at 8:15 am
  • Roger Watts

    I was looking at your track/map and thinking you’re not far off London. off to have a look at Tuffnel Park by any chance?

    September 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Yes we are nearly there. Will be staying with our daughter-in-laws grandad for a few days, so may just revisit some of the old haunts. I’m surprised you remember haha

      September 8, 2017 at 8:14 am

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