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Trans Euro Trail

This looks very interesting: http://transeurotrail.org. Just a Wordpress landing page at the moment but hopefully we will find out more over the coming months.

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Final Stats

Just to finish off here are some final stats:

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That’s all folks

Switzerland was really the last part of the trip, the plan now was to just get back to the UK as soon as possible. So far I had tried to stay off toll roads, but the quickest way back was the Swiss and French autoroutes. It was past midnight when I reached France, and I hadn’t booked anywhere to stay for the night and as I also wanted to get an early start in the morning it didn’t really seem worth it.

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Some People Never Learn

You would think that after losing my CamelBak at the start of thus trip nearly two months earlier I would make sure that all my luggage was secured to the back of the bike. But, oh no. I was riding around Lake Laguna in Switzerland checking the sites and taking pictures, my boots were (or so I thought) wedged in between my luggage on the back. It was a built up area with lots of traffic so I was not going fast.

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Returning through Italy

I returned back to Italy the same as I arrived, via catamaran. Reached Pozzallo early Monday morning after an early start. Last night was spent in a McDonald’s until about 03:00 then hanging around a closed pavement cafe until I could board the ferry at about 05:30. I didn’t want to hang around too long so only planned a couple of stops in Italy. First was at Pompeii, where I booked in at a campsite opposite the ruins.

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Interlude

There will now be a short interlude (cue music). I have arrived in Pozzallo to get the catamaran to Malta. There I will be spending 2 weeks holiday with family. Just sea, sand and beer.

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Pictures from Italy


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Italy 

After checking out of the campus hostel I had some time to kill before meeting up with Marko and friends later that day. They were on the same ferry from Dubrovnik I had arrived on but a day later. After wandering around the harbour in Bari I spent the rest of the afternoon sleeping under a big tree by the sea. The harbour and seafront are the best bit about Bari, so it was a very pleasant and warm way to kill some time.

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Dubrovnik to Bari

I arrived in Dubrovnik late afternoon to discover that the next ferry to Bari, Italy was not until 20:30 the next day. So I needed to find a room for the night. In the end, a room found me as there were plenty of locals touting for rooms at the ferry port. After looking a room over I took one right opposite the ferry port. Dubrovnik was quite interesting, I rode around the old walled city and walked along the harbour.

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Adriatic Coast Highway

Leaving Trieste I was heading for Zadar in Croatia. It was getting very hot as I got further south which reduced the number of miles I could comfortably cover in a day. I overnighted in a hostel in Zadar before taking the Adriatic Coast Highway south to Dubrovnik. The coast highway reminded me a lot of the fiords of Norway. The mountains are not quite so high but the way the road hugs the coast and twists and winds was very similar.

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