Travel on two wheels

Sleeping on Top of the World

MY MOST SPECTACULAR camp up to this point. Above Kotor fjord, beneath the stars. It was worth the climb. (16/02/15)

DAY 13: DUBROVNIK – KOTOR

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“It’s already got the mountains in its name”, said my host Petar in Dubrovnik. Today I’m entering a new country: Montenegro. After the border, the landscape immediately changes, rock formations rise into the sky, the sea fills the gaps between and makes for stunning reflections.

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My legs seem to work independently from my mind, which is relaxing; it gives you time to think about stuff.

My body condition has improved over the last two weeks. My legs seem to work independently from my mind, which is relaxing; it gives you time to think about stuff. As long as the body is provided with energy, it works sort of like a machine. And pedalling through the sceneries of Montenegro is truly rewarding.

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To climb or not to climb
The hardest decision of the day is whether to climb up the serpentine road behind Kotor. The other option: Taking the easy way through a tunnel and back to the coast. But I’ve seen a lot of coast the last couple of days. I don’t want to miss out on what makes Montenegro so special: the mountains. So I decide for the challenge, I decide for the climb. Of course not without buying a huge bar of chocolate at a gas station first–as an energy boost for emergencies.

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The single lane mountain road climbs with a steady gradient and provides stunning views from every point. Although the sun is already setting, I manage get a couple of minutes more daylight as I get higher and higher.

After serpentine #26, I decide to call it a day. Cooking parboiled rice out of a plastic bag (delicious!), I pitch my tent in this stunning panorama setting. I leave it open on one side so I can look at the stars while falling asleep.

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