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Thursday, April 18, 2019

14581

Slovenia: With Bikes to Nova Gorica


Cold morning and good weather forecast, just ideal for some cycling. I started cycling early in the morning and at 6:45 Aleš joined me in Lipnica. Together we conquered Jamnik and Dražgoše and descended to Železniki, where Grega, Rok and Vlado joined us. Together we attacked nice section to Petrovo Brdo, where we had a short break. We were soon ready for the quick section towards Most na Soči, where we had our first beer. Last hilly section was in front of us and we had no difficulties with it, so we just continued through Čepovan to Solkan and our destination Nova Gorica, where we had a big lunch. Soon we moved to the railway station and we took the train back to Bled, where we saddled our bikes again and we all went back home.

 
With Aleš we cycled through Kropa

The local church just outside the Jamnik village, dedicated to Saints Primus and Felician

Dražgoše was attested in written sources in 1291 as Drasigos

Towards Petrovo Brdo

Aleš easily beat Grega

Koča na Petrovem Brdu mountain hut, 804 m

5 bikes

Beer at Postaja just before Most na Soči

Rok

  
Finishing the last hard section - Vlado, Grega and Aleš

Monument in Čepovan

 
Road towards the beer

Above our destination

Soča valley

Downhill to Solkan

 
Last mile

Ride to Nova Gorica in 2019 - Garmin Connect

 
Tickets for us and bikes

 
We took the train from Nova Gorica to Bled

Above Lake Bled

After 120 kilometers it still wasn't over - Garmin Connect

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "Siebasiach's Figure Eight Geocoin", TB735HE, "Sanban s1", TB42DJW, "Julia ud Zweeenes 100000 Caches", TB35GHN and "Hippopo Théo", TB5HH08):
- Kaverne in bunkerji 7, GC7X8N5
- Zlomljena krila - Spomenik letalcem, GC81ZRH, where I dropped off trackable item "Hippopo Théo", TB5HH08

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

14579

Slovenia: Ride to work #6

It is the middle of April and despite the cold weather, this was already my 6th bike ride to work.

The late Baroque chapel was erected on the site of the former provincial scaffold, whence the name Blood Shrine. There is still a story circulating in nearby Dragočajna, that at the full moon it is not good to walk here, because the dead are bowling with their heads.

Pater water fountain in Smlednik.

Ride to work #6/2019 with Rok.

GeoCache found:
- Valburga - multi, Multi, GC7TA13, that received a visit by trackable items "Siebasiach's Figure Eight Geocoin", TB735HE, "Sanban s1", TB42DJW, "Julia ud Zweeenes 100000 Caches", TB35GHN and "Hippopo Théo", TB5HH08

Sunday, April 14, 2019

14577

Croatia: 4 Islands MTB Race: Relaxing Day


Mitas 4 Islands MTB stage race (https://4islands.hr/) is inviolable a unique stage race that offers participants to bike on 4 different islands within 5 consecutive days passing by distinctive environments and challenging trails of islands KrkRabCres and Lošinj. Total trails distance is up to 255 km and climbing up to 5.000 meters. Well, this year it was even better, since Nada and me joined the race.

The race was over and for TuNa team, this day was reserved for relaxing on island of Lošinj. Nada rested in the apartment, while I did a short bicycle trip and on the way I picked up some geocaches. Before noon I returned back to our apartment and it was time to go back home. 4 Islands, we will soon be back, on bikes or as regular tourists.

Previous days of our 4 Islands MTB Race: Arrival (14571), Prologue (14572), Stage 1 (14573), Stage 2 (14574), Stage 3 (14575), Stage 4 (14576)

Town of Mali Lošinj was first mentioned in 1398, under the name Malo selo ("small village"). In 1868, it experienced its golden year. There were as many as eleven shipyards, and it became the place with the largest and most developed merchant marine in the Adriatic Sea, even ahead of cities like Rijeka, Trieste and Venice.

  
Bunker system of the former Yugoslavian army was used for storage of ammunition and torpedoes.

With Black Mamba on Vela Straža, 64 meters above sea level

Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Back in Mali Lošinj

Smelling the sea

Relaxation ride on LošinjGarmin Connect

View to Mali Lošinj from lookout point Providenca

 
Panorama from Sv. Ivan viewpoint

Sv. Ivan church and Tuši at 251 m

Enjoying the last day on the seaside

 
Goodbye Lošinj

St. Francis monastery on island Cres

Ferry took us back to island Krk

Interesting geocache on Island of Krk, where we had to visit northernmost, southernmost, easternmost and westernmost points of the island to calculate the final location of this cache. We secured it with a bear.

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "Siebasiach's Figure Eight Geocoin", TB735HE, "Julia ud Zweeenes 100000 Caches", TB35GHN, "Sanban s1", TB42DJW, "Bruno",  TB61JZ4 and "Hippopo Théo", TB5HH08):
- Lost Place - Navy Bunker, Multi, GC3KQXT
- View to Susak, GC32Z7K
- Church near Cikat Bay, GC1CKJH
- Monumentum to sunken army vessel NB-11, GC4J6MC
- Losinj's first Wherigo - Reverse Cache, Whereigo, GC7KKQ1
- Das Auge von Veli, GCY6T0
- Fratri, GC5AHG1
- Krk - NSWE, Mystery, GC7MJBH, where I dropped off trakable item "Bruno",  TB61JZ4

Saturday, April 13, 2019

14576

Croatia: 4 Islands MTB Race - Stage 4: Lošinj


Mitas 4 Islands MTB stage race (https://4islands.hr/) is inviolable a unique stage race that offers participants to bike on 4 different islands within 5 consecutive days passing by distinctive environments and challenging trails of islands KrkRabCres and Lošinj. Total trails distance is up to 255 km and climbing up to 5.000 meters. Well, this year it was even better, since Nada and me joined the race.

Although simple on the paper, the last stage named "push your limits" still required full attention and a lot of strength, but since TuNa team had a good recovery timing, we managed to reach the finish line in designated time. When we crossed it, The Queen played a song "We Are the Champions" just for us, while David continued with a song "Heroes". We immediately started with our regeneration beer, while Tina sang TuNa is "Simply the Best". Cheers!

Previous days of our 4 Islands MTB Race: Arrival (14571), Prologue (14572), Stage 1 (14573), Stage 2 (14574), Stage 3 (14575)

Route Reveal 2019 Mitas 4 Islands Stage 4

 
Preparing for the last stage near the sea

 
And here we are, crossing the start line

 
Nada in action

 
Spectators were on our side

 
Easy section

Sea was always nearby

Black Mamba taking a break

"push your limits" is another name for the Stage 4

Half of the stage was quickly behind us

Rocky trail

The steepest part is behind us

 
Trail for testing the bike and the rider


Finally a stage without the rain

Team 362 passing the photo stage

 
Through Veli Lošinj

Elevators were not operating, so we had to take the stairs

 
Perfect day for cycling

Organizers really chose awesome and demanding trails

No, we are not on vacation

Last curves of the last stage

The crowd went crazy, when they saw us on the finishing straight

And TuNa team finished the stage on Lošinj

TuNa's Stage 4 Ride - Garmin Connect

 
 One for the album. Well, two.

Nada and Tuši - Finishers of 2019 4 Islands MTB race

 
Doping time

 
After dinner we decided to use our free drink coupons at the finishing party

Stage 4 highlights

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "Siebasiach's Figure Eight Geocoin", TB735HE, "Julia ud Zweeenes 100000 Caches", TB35GHN, "Sanban s1", TB42DJW, "Bruno",  TB61JZ4 and "Hippopo Théo", TB5HH08):
- Kula, GC6KNTF
- Suncana Uvala, GC7XQ4A