Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia
Day 6, 7 and 8
On day 6 we drove from lake Ohrid to Tirana in Albania, there we made a stop at the Dutch embassy to say hello to some former colleagues of Leander. There were also happy to trade some things with us for our challenge.
Next up was leaving Tirana in the direction of Skohder and head for Montenegro for the second get together/ party with the other teams. Traffic was slow and the roads not that great, especially the last part to the campsite was, again, a challenging one. Again we arrived in the dark, with a lot of teams already there, and so the ‘frei bier’ was gone as well… 🙁
Nevertheless we enjoyed the food (at that moment) and the party.
The next morning we decided to try and fix the Saab, as one of the rear suspension bars had come loose 2 days ago… Thanks to a helpful taxi driver, his local friend, and a mechanic we managed to get it fixed. We waited longer for someone who could help us than the actual fix lasted, but hey, a €30 fix you won’t find at home 🙂
After that we headed for Bosnia Herzegovina, which gave us some trouble crossing the border with a green card that was not green and therefore not accepted… Eventually we got in after buying an insurance for a week. In Trebinje we decided not to go to Sarajevo as that would take to much time. So heading for the border with Croatia, we had a quick cervapi diner in Bosnia before leaving the country. Late in the afternoon we arrived in Kupari, here we visited the abandoned hotels at the coast which were shot and attacked in the Yugoslavian war. Detour mission done!
We found a campsite past Dubrovnik, and spent the night there.
On day 8 we left the campsite with Leander already being a bit sick and Ewout and Wesley also not feeling very well…
Goal for today was passing Split. Which meant going a through Bosnia again for a short stretch, we looked forward to the border. But to our surprise, no passport or green card checks, just go one… Phew!
Here in Bosnia we decided to set fire to our two Balkan Express timber blocks to gain some extra points!
During a lunch break Wesley’s stomach went bad. We were still on the coastal road, going up and down, turn after turn. Eventually I (Redmer) started to feel sick as well, and so bad we needed to urgent stops to ‘relief’ my stomach… Now all feeling sick, we took a hotel just past Sibenik. Due to our sickness we forgot to take pictures for the road missions.