Villach to Postojna

Breakfast on the train is ok, but not great. Definitely better than some others I’ve had. A couple of factory produced mushy buns, small single portions of jam, liver paste, a chocolate chip brioche, some orange juice and a big cup of tea or coffee. It is served pretty early, so there’s ample time to enjoy the views.

One of the nice things about a sleep train is that you suddenly wake up to a landscape that is profoundly different from what it looked like when you went to sleep.

 a view to wake up to
a view to wake up to

It’s 7h30 AM when we roll into Villach train station. It still takes some time before we can get the bikes off, as the cars are disembarked first. Keeping our heads down while riding the bikes off the train still applies though.

Only half an hour later, at 8AM sharp, we’re ready to set off.

Villach is right on the border between Austria and Slovenia. The main obstacle seperating them is the Würzen pass, which is a nice starter to wake up with. The pass takes us right into Kransjka Gora where temps are already very much on the up. We decide to have a drink first in a nice little cafe before riding on.

 9 O
9 O’Clock… feeling hot hot hot

After that, it’s on to Vršič pass. 51 hair pins and a lot of history, but more on that later. Right now we just want to enjoy the twisties and the accompanying views.

 Vrsic pass
Vrsic pass

There’s still quite a lot of snow around for this time of year.

 still snow on Vrsic!
still snow on Vrsic!

Back down in the valley it’s time to stock up on some food supplies. Kobarid has a nice little super market that has everything we need. After that it’s on to the first stretch of gravel on this trip, into the forest and over the hills. Most of it can only be described as ‘gravel highway’: wide, smooth and fast. Only higher up in the hills does it narrow down a bit. But it stays a well maintained road.

 Lunch on the first gravel of the holiday, somewhere between Stopnik and Idrija.
Lunch on the first gravel of the holiday, somewhere between Stopnik and Idrija.

Nice place for a pick nick as well.

 Lunch on the first gravel of the holiday, somewhere between Stopnik and Idrija.
Lunch on the first gravel of the holiday, somewhere between Stopnik and Idrija.

When we get out of the trees the views get even more impressive. The gravel roads are still a dream to ride. Better condition than many paved roads back in little ol’ Belgium.

 View on the valley near Idrija.
View on the valley near Idrija.

 

 View on the valley near Idrija.
View on the valley near Idrija.

Temperatures are still on the rise and after a couple of hours riding it is time for a little break. We come across this nice little church and hang around a bit. It is nice and cool inside.

 small break in Crni Vrh.
small break in Crni Vrh.

We’re not yet done riding for today though. There’s some touristy stuff we didn’t have a chance to do last year when we were in Slovenia. We arrive at Predjama castle via some small back roads and are greeted immediately with busy parking lots and big buses.

There’s no lack of tourists obviously.

 @ Predjama Castle
@ Predjama Castle

The castle, and particularly the location, is pretty impressive though.

 @ Predjama Castle
@ Predjama Castle

We decide not to go inside, but instead grab an ice cream and a drink at the little tourist shop filled with all kinds of paraphernalia.

By the time we get back to our bikes we decide to start looking for a place to camp. Postojna isn’t too far off and we remember a German friend telling us he stayed at Pivka Jama camp site there a few times. So we decide to go look for it as well. It turns out to be a little bit out of town, but there’s a restaurant and showers and toilets are nice and clean. We’re sold.

 Campsite Pivska Jama near Postojna.
Campsite Pivska Jama near Postojna.

After setting up the tent it’s time for and my local favorite: Ćevapčići.

Today’s route:

 Villach-Postojna
Villach-Postojna

Elevations:

 Villach-Postojna
Villach-Postojna
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Roamer, wanderer, nomad, vagabond.



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.