It ain't Easter if you are at home (Covid edition)

by Kostadin Mutafchiev

2691km in 37 days · 68 views

Day 1, Friday, April 30

246km in 4h · 43km/h
  • Traveled 115km in 1h 43min
  • 13:07 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 123m in 27s
  • 13:12 11min A smooth crossing into Macedonia
  • Traveled 16km in 18min
  • 13:43 24min A quick coffee & gas stop right after the Macedonian border
  • Traveled 83km in 1h 30min
  • 15:38 16min It was getting a bit hot, so a hydration stop was a must already
  • Traveled 31km in 32min
  • 16:27 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 110m in 56s
  • 16:32 1d 19h Matka Canyon

Day 2, Saturday, May 1

Day 3, Sunday, May 2

196km in 3h · 52km/h
  • Traveled 89km in 1h 15min
  • 13:23 1h 08min A walk around the flooded church in Mavrovo lake and a quick coffee before going to Ohrid
  • Traveled 34km in 30min
  • 15:02 Stop for 8min
  • Traveled 73km in 1h 07min
  • 16:18 Stop for 13min
  • Traveled 58m in 32s
  • 16:32 19h 14min Ohrid sightseeing

Day 4, Monday, May 3

169km in 3h · 49km/h
  • Traveled 8km in 13min
  • 12:00 27min Bay of bones (unfortunately, the museum was closed)
  • Traveled 17km in 20min
  • 12:49 15min A viewing spot in the Galichica mountain overseeing the Ohrid lake
  • Traveled 6km in 8min
  • 13:13 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 67km in 1h 17min
  • 14:34 1h 33min Resen wouldn't have a restaurant that appeals to us, so we went for a late lunch to Bitola
  • Traveled 70km in 1h 03min
  • 17:12 17h 30min Some more sightseeing around Ohrid and preparing for Albania

Day 5, Tuesday, May 4

268km in 5h · 45km/h
  • Traveled 31km in 32min
  • 11:15 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 542m in 57s
  • 11:19 Stop for 8min
  • Traveled 50km in 50min
  • 12:19 15min Complete fill-up set: gas and coffee
  • Traveled 51km in 58min
  • 13:32 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 25km in 34min
  • 14:14 12min Some stunning view on the way
  • Traveled 43km in 53min
  • 15:20 1h 02min Lunch in a small Albanian village, before reaching Gjirokaster
  • Traveled 67km in 1h 04min
  • 17:27 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 397m in 3min
  • 17:36 17h 19min A hike (a walk is an understatement) around the old town of Gjirokaster

Day 6, Wednesday, May 5

170km in 4h · 42km/h
  • Traveled 37km in 46min
  • 11:43 26min The Blue Eye karst spring
  • Traveled 45km in 1h 04min
  • 13:13 11min The Albanian riviera starting to deliver
  • Traveled 19km in 22min
  • 13:48 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 44km in 52min
  • 14:47 33min An improvised lunch and some mighty beatiful views from the top of the Llogara pass
  • Traveled 25km in 29min
  • 15:49 11min Found the hotel, now let's park
  • Traveled 30m in 8s
  • 16:01 19h 43min At the seaside before the season can pose bigger language barrier than expected

Day 7, Thursday, May 6

181km in 3h · 56km/h
  • Traveled 2km in 3min
  • 11:48 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 59km in 53min
  • 12:45 1h 45min An archeological park with some Roman buildings and artefacts
  • Traveled 121km in 1h 39min
  • 16:10 1d 19h Let's discover Tirana.

Day 8, Friday, May 7

Day 9, Saturday, May 8

112km in 2h · 26km/h
  • Traveled 4km in 19min
  • 12:24 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 13m in 3s
  • 12:28 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 45km in 1h 00min
  • 13:31 1h 34min Jumping off the "highway" as it was getting annoying already. Very nice seafood restaurant on the lagoon.
  • Traveled 2km in 4min
  • 15:10 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 61km in 1h 04min
  • 16:21 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 59m in 12s
  • 16:29 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 3m in 1s
  • 16:31 Stop for 1d 18h

Day 10, Sunday, May 9

Day 11, Monday, May 10

179km in 4h · 39km/h
  • Traveled 2km in 4min
  • 11:25 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 13km in 14min
  • 11:43 11min Crossing to Montenegro
  • Traveled 59km in 1h 02min
  • 12:57 15min Following the new-to-me signs for "Panoramic roads", we ended up at a monument overseeing the bay of Bar
  • Traveled 7km in 9min
  • 13:22 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 16km in 23min
  • 13:51 1h 24min So, we're now on the other side of the Shkoder lake, right?
  • Traveled 4km in 8min
  • 15:24 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 55km in 1h 09min
  • 16:37 Stop for 8min
  • Traveled 3km in 4min
  • 16:50 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 20km in 32min
  • 17:28 Stop for 16min
  • Traveled 6m in 2s
  • 17:44 18h 07min The old city of Kotor

Day 12, Tuesday, May 11

203km in 4h · 58km/h
  • Traveled 26km in 28min
  • 12:20 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 19km in 26min
  • 12:51 55min On the other side of the Kotor bay, time for a refreshment
  • Traveled 17km in 27min
  • 14:14 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 26km in 1h 02min
  • 15:21 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 17km in 11min
  • 15:36 1h 20min A well-deserved break for everybody after a surprising 20-ish kilometer stone road section.
  • Traveled 24km in 16min
  • 17:13 10min Fined for illegal passing of a semi
  • Traveled 6km in 4min
  • 17:28 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 55km in 50min
  • 18:23 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 14km in 17min
  • 18:46 17h 14min A chill place, off the main road, still in the mountains.

Day 13, Wednesday, May 12

194km in 3h · 48km/h
  • Traveled 36km in 44min
  • 12:45 2h 39min (This should be in Kolashin) Rain caught up, time for regrouping and planning.
  • Traveled 57km in 53min
  • 16:17 1h 15min Lunch and postcard time, before going back to Albania 🇦🇱
  • Traveled 36km in 34min
  • 18:07 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 151m in 1min
  • 18:14 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 66km in 1h 07min
  • 19:24 15h 50min Another hotel in pre-season mode, the resort is more like a ghost town

Day 14, Thursday, May 13

279km in 4h · 67km/h
  • Traveled 74km in 1h 03min
  • 12:17 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 102km in 1h 31min
  • 13:52 1h 12min After another transit through Tirana. Rain is after us.
  • Traveled 103km in 1h 35min
  • 16:40 19h 24min Around Korca for the afternoon. Rain is still imminent.

Day 15, Friday, May 14

212km in 4h · 41km/h
  • Traveled 47km in 51min
  • 12:55 14min The road winds around the Prespa lake. Not bad at all.
  • Traveled 21km in 19min
  • 13:29 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 171m in 31s
  • 13:33 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 51km in 53min
  • 14:31 20min Trying to find a lab to get me a Covid test for entry in Bulgaria. Mission failed.
  • Traveled 2km in 8min
  • 15:00 1h 33min Another go at the same restaurant in Bitola like last week.
  • Traveled 3km in 8min
  • 16:42 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 87km in 1h 10min
  • 17:57 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 66m in 16s
  • 18:00 17h 01min Last stop before home

Day 16, Saturday, May 15

282km in 4h · 42km/h
  • Traveled 151km in 2h 08min
  • 13:11 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 171m in 26s
  • 13:21 11min A hilarious border crossing in thee pouring rain
  • Traveled 127km in 1h 43min
  • 15:15 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 1km in 3min
  • 15:24 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 2km in 4min
  • 15:35 10min Ok, now I got my test.

Day 17, Sunday, May 16

Day 18, Monday, May 17

Day 19, Tuesday, May 18

Day 20, Wednesday, May 19

Day 21, Thursday, May 20

Day 22, Friday, May 21

Day 23, Saturday, May 22

Day 24, Sunday, May 23

Day 25, Monday, May 24

Day 26, Tuesday, May 25

Day 27, Wednesday, May 26

Day 28, Thursday, May 27

Day 29, Friday, May 28

Day 30, Saturday, May 29

Day 31, Sunday, May 30

Day 32, Monday, May 31

Day 33, Tuesday, June 1

Day 34, Wednesday, June 2

Day 35, Thursday, June 3

Day 36, Friday, June 4

Day 37, Saturday, June 5

Legend

  • Hotel 9
  • Restaurant 8
  • Generic stop 6
  • Tourist sight 4
  • Beautiful sight 4
  • Border 3
  • Natural sight 3
  • Coffee 3
  • Gas station 2
  • Police 1
  • Something special 1