Foca to Kolasin

After a delicious and extensive breakfast on the camp site we set off a little after 9 to leave Bosnia (well, technically Foca is situated in the Republika Srpska) and check out Montenegro. The camp site turned out to be pretty expensive for Bosnian standards, but the warm welcome and absolutely gorgeous food make up for it.

 Bridge @ Foca, Bosnia
Bridge @ Foca, Bosnia

The road out of Bosnia is in pretty bad shape. It is full of potholes and big rips in the tarmac. Kind of reminds us of good ol’ Belgium. But that just makes the crossing into Montenegro all the more pleasant, as the road on the other side of the border is in a lot better shape.

This bridge is somewhere in no man’s land between the 2 border posts.

 Bridge in No Man
Bridge in No Man’s Land between Bosnia and Montenegro

And this is the road on the other side.

 Yay! We
Yay! We’ve made it! Entering Montenegro

 

 Entering Montenegro
Entering Montenegro

First impressions of the country are pretty good. Shortly after the border post we are treated to the magnificent Piva Canyon.

 View on Piva river in Montenegro
View on Piva river in Montenegro

Immediately after the bridge in the above picture we need to make a sharp left turn into a black hole. And you can take that pretty literally. Montenegrins do like their little tunnels, but don’t really bother with setting them up with lights. Moreover, they enjoy the odd hairpin corner inside those black as night tunnels. Keeps it all interesting.

 Ready to enter the black hole near Piva river in Montenegro
Ready to enter the black hole near Piva river in Montenegro

We’ll hear later on that those tunnels sometimes have even more interesting surprises in store. When it gets really warm in summer, the cows come chill out in the tunnels.

We ride out of the canyon and start a nice climb on a pass towards Trsa and across Durmitor national park. The views are nothing short of breathtaking . We just can’t get the pace up above 30km/h because we are constantly looking around, trying to keep are jaws from dropping tool ow. The landscape is totally deserted and pretty rough, the overcast skies make it even more impressive. Hard to do it justice in a photo.

 Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. Landscape near Trsa
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. Landscape near Trsa

 

 Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. Landscape near Trsa
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. Landscape near Trsa

 

 Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. Landscape near Zabljak
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. Landscape near Zabljak

 

 Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. Landscape near Zabljak
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. Landscape near Zabljak

After Zabljak we dive into Tara Canyon towards Kolasin. We don’t realize it at the time but it turns out Tara is the deepest canyon in Europe and the second longest in the world after the grand canyon. It’s a big favorite with the rafting crowd and the water is so clean you can just drink from it while you’re rafting.

 Tara Canyon in Montenegro
Tara Canyon in Montenegro

It’s 1PM by now but the HUBB meeting camp ground isn’t far off anymore so we decide to skip lunch and ride on. The gravel road up the mountain starts a few clicks outside of Kolasin. There’s HUBB meeting signs every few kilometers, just in case you’d wonder whether you were still on track I guess…
The signs even conveniently tell you how far you still have to go. Funilly enough there’s about 4km between the sign for 8km and the one for 6km. And the rest of the signs aren’t entirely exact either. But the road itself is pretty fun. Until suddenly the sign points to nowhere while the road continues along the mountain ridge.

 go left  @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik
go left @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik

But the camp site is just a stone’s throw away from the road.

 We
We’ve made it! @ the Horizons Unlimited Montenegro 2013 Meeting in Kolasin, Montenegro

The location and the views are definitely acceptable.

 going for a walk near Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro
going for a walk near Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro

The eco camp site is located on a small alpine meadow. There are a few wood cabins that serve as kitchen and dining room. And a few smaller ones that can be used to sleep. The entire site is pretty much self-sufficient with solar panels, solar water heaters and a wi-fi hotspot!

Kitchen:

 @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik
@ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik

Dining hall:

 Tonko  @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik
Tonko @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik

Boiler for the shower water:

 hot water tank, the rustic way @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro
hot water tank, the rustic way @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro

Washing facilities:

 washing facilities @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro
washing facilities @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro

 

 washing facilities @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro
washing facilities @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro

Beer stash:

 beer stash @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro
beer stash @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro

Fridge:

 @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik
@ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik

I’ll let you guess where the Wi-Fi hotspot is located:

 connecting with the world...  @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik
connecting with the world… @ Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro. Image courtesy of Ivan Lipičnik

We get a warm welcome from Blazo and Tonko, the meeting organizers and find a spot to put our tent.

 Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro
Eko Katun Vranjak camp site in Kolasin, Montenegro

Today’s route:

 June 27th, 2013 - Jajce to Kolasin
June 27th, 2013 – Jajce to Kolasin
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Keen and curious adventurer who feels just as much at home in IT as in the workshop tinkering on bikes. Loves exploring the world, its people and himself, preferably on 2 wheels behind the handlebars of his beloved bike. Lucky to have found a partner in life and on the road to share this with.