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Say hi to the elephants, and hope the weather improves


An expedition to find Noah's Ark

119 days from June 13, 2012 to October 9, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Expedition touring bikes, 3-6 months, Danube Bike Trail
Locales: Europe, Albania, France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Republic of, Greece, Turkey, Asia, Georgia, Armenia, Bulgaria, San Marino, Switzerland, Romania, Serbia
Year: 2012
Keywords: ararat

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/noah

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Leo Woodland - (contact)

Status: Completed Oct 2012Featured Journal #514
Last update: Saturday February 2, 2013 20:43 (US/Pacific) (edited Thu 20 Feb 2014 20:38 (US/Pacific))
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What we've actually done. Ce que nous avons fait en réalité.


Table of Contents

Where are we now? Où sommes-nous actuellement?
Cockroaches... lane 32, please
Ladies and gentlemen, we shall be landing soon
Say hi to the elephants, and hope the weather improves
First signs of scarlet fever

F

Noah, further mysteries, and shrugging of the shoulders and not caring: Home to Monpazier (Dordogne)
The tale of the hopeful nudists: Monpazier - Labastide-Murat (Lot)
As lazy as we care to be: La Bastide Murat - Lacapelle-Marival
Some days are simply perfect: Lacapelle Marival - Jussau
Bon courage, les amis! Bon courage!: Jussac - Riom-ès-Montagnes
Gee, this is so cool!: Riom-ès-Montagnes - St Saturnin, Puy-de-Dôme
Meeting Kafka and sleeping wild: St-Saturnin - St Dier d'Auvergne
Another day, yet another col: St-Dier - Chalmazel
Alors, vous êtes un melting-pot!: Chalmazel - Violay
The near-dead meet the real dead: Violay - Poncin

CH

The rabbits are largely harmless: Poncin - Geneva (Switzerland)
Geneva, without walls
Ah, the wall is simply different...: Geneva - Lausanne
I take it all back...: Lausanne - Saillon
"Salut, mec, comment vas-tu?": Saillon - Gampel
Hills that go on all day: Gampel - Gletsch
Visiting Switzerland's lighthouse: Gletsch - Disentis-Mustèr
Of Kiwis and men with hairy legs: Disentis-Mustèr - Tiefencastel

I

Taking to the rails: Tiefencastel - Tirano (Italy)
Meeting Mike the Bike: Tirano - Valdisotto
Up, up and endlessly up: Valdisotto - Prata del Stelvio, via the Stelvio pass
A tunnel of rain and a land of apples: Prato del Stelvio - Terrano
Back into Italian Italy: Terrano - Martarello
Greeting Garda: Martarello - Lazise
Shaking off Shakespeare: Lazise - Vicenza
Roads flooded: please advise: Ravenna - Venice
Bobbing about in boats: Venice
Today I shall eat my words: Mestre - Bosco Mesola
Al fresco in Ravenna: Bosco Mesola - Ravenna

RSM

Entering the Serene Republic: Ravenna - Rimini

I

Farewell (almost) to Italy: Rimini - Ancona

HV

I name this town...: Split, Croatia
This island life: Stari Grad - Vrboska
The puzzle of the dry stone walls: Vrboska - Sucaraj
An encounter with a shattered American: Sucaraj - Vira
Venice without the crowds: Vira - Stari Grad
Joining the travellin' people: Stari Grad - Dubrovnik
On your left, still more shrapnel scars: Dubrovnik

MNG

A day at the seaside: Dubrovnik - Lovcen (Montenegro)
Up and up the hairpins: Lovcen - Resna
Drinking coffee and playing cowboys: Resna - Rubezi
Heading for the canyon: Rubezi - Zabljak
Now, what are the chances of that?: Zabljak - Matasero
Great Danes: Matasero - Plav

AL

A journey in hell, part 1: Plav - Mreg (Albania)
A journey in hell, part 2: Mreg - Hani Hotit (Montenegro)

MNG

Return to life: Hani Hotit - Virapazar

AL

Oh what a beautiful morning...: Virpazar - Barbullush (Albania)
Preparing for war: Barbullush - Tirana
A sad tale of George W. Bush: Tirana
Travelling hopefully... without a map: Tirana - Librazhd
Freedom, freedom at last: Librazhd - Ljubanista (Macedonia)

MKN

The less than jovial Jovica: Ljubanista
Back on the road again: Ljubanista - Bitola

GR

The fall of Léo the Lamentable: Bitola - Vevi (Greece)
Holing up for the duration: Vevi - Florina
Signs of recession: Florina
The Wizards of Ooze ride again: Florina - Gianitsa
All quiet on the eastern front: Gianista - Kilkis
What chumps, a small boy thinks: Kiklis - Serres

BG

On a road of stunning beauty: Serres - Sadovo (Bulgaria)
Swiss Miss: Sadovo - Dospat
Devil's Throat, the inside story: Dospat - Tesel
Attack of the black widow: Tesel - Smoljan
Joyful moments at dawn: Zinsifovo - Svilengrad

TR

One morning, three countries: Svilengrad - Edirne (Turkey)
Astonished by Turks: Edirne - Umurci
Conversations among the deaf: Umurci - Sarkoy
Alarming the Turkish army: Sarkoy - Eceabat
Things explained: Eceabat
More things explained: Eceabat - the road to Can
Disturbing the dead: Road to Can - Biga
A shoulder to cry on: Biga - Edinek
Water, water everywhere...: Edinek - Bandirma
Istanbul!
Istanbul and the woman in black
Gunfire in the gloaming: Istanbul - Dagyenice
Lost at sea: Dagyenice - Karacicoy
Love on the highway: Karacicoy - Vize
Big Brother is watching: Vize - Edirne

BG

I make a soldier smile: Edirne - Svilengrad (Bulgaria)
Delivering dust to Radnovo: Svilengrad - Radnovo
Another fine mess...: Radno - Cirpan
Sofia, the capital: Cirpan - Sofia
Finding the bike man: Sofia
Hobble-dee, hobble-dee, and...: Sofia - Ginci
Dawns the morning cold and damp: Ginci - Brusarci
Please feel free to make new friends in the lavatory: Brusarci - Calafat (Romania)

RO

Flying the three colours: Calafat - Drobeta-Turnu-Severin
Bine aţi venit!: Severin - Svinita
Welcome to Serbia, my cyclist friend: Svinita - Bela Crkva (Serbia)

SRB

Eroticism a-gogo: Bel Crikva - Secarij
Meeting Gordan: Secarij - Novi Knevejac

H

Crossing the border by a broken fence: Novi Knevejac - Szeged (Hungary)
If in doubt, don't smile: Szeged - Kecel
Heading for Eurovelo 6: Kecel - Domsod
Making it to Budapest: Domsod - Budapest
The day of the bananas: Budapest
Cyclists, cyclists everywhere: Budapest - Esztergom
Breaking the law: Esztergom - Gyor

A

Riding backwards into Slovakia: Gyor - Eckartsau (Austria)
The night of the river monster: Eckertsau - Tulln
Autumn is here: Tulln - Melk
"They knocked me off my bike": Melk - Mathausen
Brute force über alles: Mathausen - Passau (Germany)

D

Wobbling with the beery people: Passau-Munich

Memories, memories...


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