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5 th DAY

cycling from Žabljak to Nikšič

sunny 28 °C

5th DAY 14.7.2009

Because of staying out late last night, I slept only 4 hour and was able to start cycling at 11:00. Didnt feel to good, but I knew, that I will get better after few hours sweeting on my bicycle. My goal for today was town called Nikšič in direction south. I have choosed secondary road which leads over the Durmitor mountains trough pass Sedlo (1907m). When I was driving here in 2007, road was still "macadam" made, but they have renewed it in 2008 so the road now is almost new and in really good condition.It is something hard to describe. Pure nature surrounded with beautyfull mountains.
First I had to pedal upphill 30 km to pass Sedlo on 1907 m. Sun was very strong and I forgott to put sun protector on my skin, this costs me sunburn and some pains later in the evening. I was drinking a lot of water and run out of it somewhere on half way to pass Sedlo. I had luck, because there was a nature water spring few meters ahead where I was able to refill my bottles with pure extra cold Durmitor mountain water.
When I finally reached the pass after 2,5 hours, I took a small break. Was really hungry, but I felt already as new after drinking night at Žabljak. I ordered local dish lamb soup and few slices of bread. This gaved me new energy for cycling. At this point I have noticed, that I have broken the display on my digital camera. Because I wasnt able to see what I am taking photo off, I decided reather to use my mobile phone camera from now on. That is the reason why this photos are little less quality, but I am still happy that I had at least some camera on me.
After pass Sedlo I had second downhill since begin of my journey.It was almost 10 kilometers long, but after this downhill there was 20 km uphill waiting for me. It took me another hour and the half to cross the whole mountains and ride downhill to Pivsko jezero near Bosnian border. Whole the time, the surroundings is amazing. No any traffic, I was cycling surrounded by green meadow and beautyfull mountains. Something special is also downhill ride to village called Plužine. There is a fantastic view on Pivsko jezero and at least 10 turns with tunnels till you reach the lake.
After Plužine I still had 55km infront of me. I asked few locals on the way if there are many uphills on the road from Plužine to Nikšič. All of them answered, that there is no any uphills (because they all drive only cars). I have calculated, that I need arround 2 hours for 55 km on straight terrain with my bike. Later i found out, that terain is mostly uphill and it took me 4 hours to get to Nikšič. Last half hour I had to pedal in the dark. Local cyclist that I met on the way was so kindly that he escort me to the city directly to a low price hotel. I buyed him a beer to say thanks. After beer I went to take a long awaited shower. Laer I went to a walk in town and eat some local fast food. I was totally exhausted. Was on the bike for 7:30 and made 117 kilometers (average speed 15km/h). My knee still hurts, but I am still able to pedal.

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Posted by Mitja 01:01 Archived in Montenegro Tagged bicycle

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