Albania 2018 Day 6. A hut somewhere in the Jungle to Colin Petran.
We woke up to a morning of sun again, and yet again defied the weather forecasts predicting thunderstorms. We have not got wet so far with only rain in the evening or overnight. A climb to start the day after a decent breakfast of CHEESE, bread and garlic dip, fried egg and lovely cherry jam. Yesterday we saw cherry picking and punnets for sale at the roadside. The ascent was very pleasant with snow and glaciers to our left across the valley with the road winding around the outcrops and on our maps looking like someone’s small intestine. The road was a bit rough and potholes but manageable.Later we were taken on a 10km descent on a new road with sweeping bends and great scenery. There were small vineyards, fruit tree and crops of barley etc. I was amazed to see a chap coming towards me on a donkey with a big pile of cut grass between himself and the saddle. Unfortunately I was gong too fast to stop to film him going about his ultra efficient farming chores. At the foot of he descent we had
Greece on our left across the river for a while and seeing several planked suspension bridges connecting the two. After coffee the road got a bit rougher yet no less scenic. shortly after we set off it started to rain spots, but luckily never came to anything substantial, which was my downfall as I dropped my bike on a downwards descent. I was going about 15kph and was crossing the centre line not realising how wet it was and not seeing some very fine gravel in the centre and my front wheel washed away with me under the bike. I sustained a minor grazing of the elbow and a bruised and swollen hip, which is ok when cycling but causing a very severe limp when walking. Stupid boy. We reached our accommodation at about midday and had lunch of rice soup, salad, roast vegetables and nettle pie, which was delicious. 4.5km up the road there is the Berimet Termale hot sulphur spring which most of us rode too and enjoyed a swim in the warm water with a thunderstorm going on overhead and rain pelting down on our heads. Naturally we waited until it ended before we got out since
More good roads.
Keeping the hordes of tourists away.
we did not want to get wet. No fools us. The warm pool did not improve the hip pain, damn. Just by the pool is and old Ottoman bridge which dates back at lest 500 years. The later afternoon was dry but overcast for the first time in 6 days. We want our sun back. Upon my return from the pool my leg was worse. I had a shower and laid on the bed for three hours and after this I had difficulty putting any weight on my leg and had to get down stairs by sliding on my backside. After dinner I had Oscar and Ross help me up stairs to my room with difficulty. There was a massive thunderstorm from around midnight for a couple of hours with constant lightening and rain beating down. Let’s hope this clears into a bright day.
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