SH 20 Albania

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Well it’s hard to write this as it seems hyperbolic every tine something gets posted, but today rocked. We rode SH20 from Montenegro across northern Albania back into Montenegro. It is highlighted in Dangerousroads.org as follows:

“This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice.”

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After passing an excavator in the 2 foot rocky gap between its side and an 800 foot drop to river below, and getting stuck on a pile of loose rocks and mud too close to the edge, the push from the machine operator was not only welcome but it confirmed the words posted on Dangerousroads.com. And I think all three of us had some challenges today.

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Incredible challenge and equally huge rewards. As we enjoy our beers in Montenegro I feel sadness parting from these great riding partners tomorrow. I need to get back to Italy in time to get the bike ready for Mike who very generously loaned it to me. He will be picking up the bike a few days after I leave; unfortunately our paths won’t cross. I’ll make it up next time we meet.

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As we sit here enjoying the rest, our stories and the food, the sounds of the Balkan music – vaguely Russian /eastern sounding- emphasize the feeling of solidarity amongst riding mates and friends. Especially with fine Montenegran wine to accompany it…

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