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Some of the nicest things about travelling like this are the surprises you find on the way. This also works in the reverse of course and one of the disapointments was we never made it to Turkey for Anzac day. Unfortunately the roads are just not conducive to long distance travel over a short time. A three hour journey according to TomTom (lying bugger) can easily take eight hours so the decision had to be made to give Gallipolli a miss. We may make it yet, but flying instead of driving.
After a pretty lazy week or so in Dubrovnik we had to move on otherwise it would have been 2 months there. A beautiful spot called Mlini was the camp but Greece was calling so the run through Montenegro and Albania was next. We chose to forget about sightseeing and to do the drive over an easy 2 days by following the main motorway through both countries. Montenegro’s roads steadily got worse as we motored south, however the coast line similar to Croatia in parts without any of the tourism. Most of the real hard work came when we entered Albania. Albania is a very poor country and although there is construction everywhere there seems to be a lot of people out of work. The re-building of this country will be a long one. An odd site is the thousands of concrete bunkers that litter the countryside like little igloos. Apparently the previous regime instructed the people to build these to protect them from the ugly hordes coming over the hills to get them. The country is covered with them. The main highway through the country is not more than a winding, twisting dangerous goat track that can see anything from a fifty wheeled truck to a donkey pulling a cart. We split the drive over two days and we just about needed most of the hours to cover the six hundred odd kilometres. It was very difficult driving and very hard on the poor old van. We’d all just about had enough when we finally made a campsite. Quick dinner and into bed. The Albanian countryside can be spectacular at times especially in the southern parts but unfortunately you don’t get a chance to really see it trying to hold the van from falling off the road. We are now in Greece for the next few weeks.

Posted by mike1967 09:34 Archived in Greece

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Pity you miss Gallipoli, fellas. Still, we envy the beautiful and interesting countries you're visiting. "Wish you were here" indeed. Looking forward to meeting up in Dublin. Take care and stay safe. Love. Mum and Stan.

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