Crossing Durmitor N.P., ドゥルミトル国立公園越え
It was full of sun shine on the date I crossed Durmitor. I felt extra power from my body since unexpected strong sun light on me in the morning.

I found this bicycle route on the national park map. There were always signs at intersections so it was pretty easy to find the way.

There were couple of routes to cross mountains by bicycle. The south route had been closed due to snow, so I picked the north route. It got also high pass, 2000m. However, this road had been oped because some small villages were along this road.

より大きな地図で Cycling Europe 2 を表示

The view on my way was absolutely perfect. This paved road goes till a village called Crna Gora.
景色はもちろん二重丸、最高でした。幅3mくらいの舗装路がCrna Goraの村まで続いてます。

Tara Canyon, I could see the deepest part of it from the top of the pass. The deepest part is about 1300m so people cannot reach to this part without boats.

After crossing the pass, a beautiful canyon called Susicko Canyon has been appeared on my way.
峠を越えて国立公園内側に入ると目の前に現れた渓谷。Susicko Canyon

There was an off road part from the village, Crna Gora to the bottom of the canyon and from the bottom to other side of canyon. Very rough gravel road, 6km down and up.
Crna Gora村からSusicko Canyonへの下りと上りはオフロード。15センチ大の岩がゴロゴロ転がっていたが、なんとか時間をかけて谷越。

The lake on the canyon.
谷底にある湖Susicko Lake。

This lake was really beautiful. There was a hat on the shore, and a ranger was running this place. He didn't understand any English, so there are completely silent in this place.

Pushing my bike up for 6km from bottom to the other side of canyon. I found a cafe and had a bottle of coca-cola. Nice!!
Susicko Canyonを6キロ手押しで登りきった場所にあったカフェ。コーラが美味い。

Should have taken before drink.

This bicycle route goes all the way to the Bosnia border. There were almost no traffic and all the way down, very easy ride.
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Mountain part of Montenegro, モンテネグロの山岳地帯
Many of tourist places are located along the coast in this country, so most of tourist tend to stay there. However, I found more interest in inland mountain part of this country, so I decided to come Montenegro to see this part instead of going to Greece which was my original plan.


The region of where Bosnia and Serbia borders are especially more mountainous. There are the national park called Durmitor in this part of region. It is one of world heritage sight in this country.

The second biggest canyon in the world, Tara canyon. 世界第二のタラ渓谷

As you come from Kosovo and go towered Bosnia, you will hit the Tara river. The canyon created by this river is the second biggest canyon; next to Grand Canyon. During summer season, you can enjoy rafting.

There were beautiful beech forest in this canyon so water comes out everywhere.

I met many cyclist in this route.

It reminded me cycling in central Asia where I met many cyclists.

I pitched my tent one night at a restaurant in Tara canyon. At that night, people treated me a dinner again. Montenegrin's hospitality was over my expectation.

The bridge crossed Tara canyon. If you go other direction, Serbia border is not far.

After cycling up from the bottom of Tara canyon, Durmitor N.P. was appeared.

The small town, Zabljak, is the head quarter of N.P. access. There were some camp grounds, €3, in this area. I decided to stay some nights in a private camp ground instead of camping out somewhere for free because I liked the atmosphere of this area and wanted to take shower. There were not such as N.P. Entrance. I was told me that just need to pay whenever a ranger found you and asked to pay for €3 for entrance fee.

Many snow still left so couldn't go up to the top of mountain. However, there were plenty of hike-able hills around.

My camp ground. The wife of owner was very nice. Every time she saw me, she gave me coffee and snacks. They had also camper kitchen and shower as well. For me, this place was very comfortable. The view is guaranteed.

It's still a lot of cloud but got much better now. From here, I will cross this mountain by bicycle.
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To Montenegro, モンテネグロ入りしました
Since I crossed the border of Kosovo, it's been unpleasant weather. This might be the Europe's rain season. It was raining as well when I passed a pass where Montenegro border was. I felt the humidity was nearly 100%. it didn't matter if I wore rain jacket or not. I was soaked by my sweat. I wished I could cycle without any clothes.


On the way to the border, I saw this signs.

I've never seen a sign for tanks. Of cause there were no tanks running on the road. However, I've seen military jeeps from Italy, Germany and Turkey some times.

To the top of the pass, it was 25km climbing. Kosovo side border check was located about 15km up point. Then from there, I needed to climb up another 10km to the Montenegro side.

The border, そして国境

My concerning, I didnt have a departure stamp of Albania, was not problem at all. I crossed the border as usual, departure stamp of Kosovo and arrival stamp of Montenegro.

For my impression of Montenegro, people are nice and helpful. They looked more relax and gentle. Their youngster was a bit more shy but always gave a smile and said hello to me. At the first night, I camped out at a farm. In that night, neighbor gave me coffee and a lot of food. Now, I started feeling relax. I had been feeling a bit stress in Albania and Kosovo because I felt people were a bit rough. From today, my route became more mountains. It will be fun.
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