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Alps - Day 13 : Slovenia

In the morning it was nice to wake up. Everything had stayed dry inside in the hotel. The floor was also dry so we didn't have to put our shoes on right away. During the night it hadn't been freezing when we needed to go to the bathroom.

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The windows where still wet, but the sun was out
 

We had a nice breakfast, with ham, cheese, and jam. After breakfast we went to pay. The diner and breakfast had been only 37,50. In total we needed to pay 107,50. The Italian helping us crossed it out and wrote down 100 euros, so we even got a discount. 

 

The man helped us get our bikes. Before we left I first needed to adjust my brakes. The man asked us some questions and eventually said "Craaazy but beauuuuutifull".

 

The first ten kilometers went all downhill. Yesterday we couldn't see much through the fog, now we noticed the landscape was indeed pretty nice.

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Nice view around Sauris di Sopra.

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We hadn't been able to see this yesterday
 

The tunnels we went through today were the only nice ones of the entire vacation. They were carved out of bare rock and there were boulders on the ground.

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The tunnel

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The Slovenian border
 

Next we finally arrived in Slovenia but still weren't sure where exactly we were. We just followed the road we were on. A few villages later we asked someone for directions. The Slovenian woman didn't speak German or English but made it clear she wanted us to follow her. She lived across the road and called her daughter. It was a pretty girl that was shy because her English wasn't great.

 

Apparently we were on a road that wasn't on the map. The nearest road that was indicated was next to a river. The girl explained how we could get there. The Slovenian town names where hard to remember. At Gonjace we needed to take a left turn. Despite the language barrier and the unusual names we didn't get lost. On a map beside the road we learned we were right in the middle of a maze of small villages.

 

It was very nice there, with a lot of vine yards. The villages were small with only about 10 houses each. There were also houses in between all the vineyards. Unfortunately we didn't take a photo because we were too busy staying ahead of some thunderstorms. Here is someone else's picture to get an impression.

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What the area looked like
 

When we found the river it started to rain. We now would at least be able to navigate using the map. In one village we saw another guy on cycling vacation. After an hour we wanted to stop to eat. There was only a gas station to buy food. At the gas station were also two drenched motor cyclists from Germany. The man told us that they still had another 40 km to go  and that they were also cold when it rained. On a bike you are at least exercising to stay warm. The cyclist we had seen an hour before also arrived. He only spoke Italian and was also drenched. He had cycled 120 km through the rain yesterday. After eating some cheap breads we continued. According to our list there would be a campsite nearby. In the tankstation we asked for directions. It was 10 kilometers in the wrong direction, so we just continued and hoped for the best.

It was already 6 o'clock. We needed to ask for directions again because there were some errors in our map. During the next 20 km we were unsure if we were on the right road. It had been raining for about 3 hours now. Around 20:00 it became clear that the rain wouldn't end today. There also wouldn't be a campsite. That meant we needed to find a place to camp in the wild, preferably with some cover. In a few villages we had seen some barns, maybe we could ask if we could sleep in those.

 

After checking out a few sheds I noticed a wooden one in a field we passed. The door was open so we had a look inside, there was a huge mess. There were blankets, chairs, boots, tools, and a lot of dust. On the table where bottles of rat poison. The roof wasn't leaking and it was large enough to lay down with two people.

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The shed
 

First we needed to make it a bit livable. The bench needed to be moved so we could lay down. We knocked most of the dust out of the blanket so we could sleep on that instead of the concrete floor. We thought about how to reduce the chance of getting into trouble if we would be discovered. We placed our bikes outside the shed, so they would be clearly visible to anyone approaching. The door of the shed was open so we kept it that way and we moved as little as possible inside. We also wouldn't use our bivy bags, because of their camo print.

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What a mess

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Almost as good as the hotel
 

We hung our wet clothes on a nail to dry. Then we went to bed, that is.. until we got woken up at night by the sound of  rats or mice running around.

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View to the outside
 

Distance cycled : 169 km