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Split (Croatia) – Shkodra (Albania)

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To avoid the beautiful yet dangerous and – especially in summer – busy coast road of Croatia and Monte Negro, I created an inland route. It leads you through hardly populated and very beautiful areas. You can hop over to the coast and islands on several occasions. for this you need to cross the Velebit mountain range, except from Ploče, which is at sea level.

Roughly it follows the old main road from Venice to Dubrovnik, made ‘by’ Napoleon. The new motor way follows the same course, but it doesn’t bother much in terms of sound. I’ve made a GPS-track of it.

UPDATE 2015: I did the section Omiš – Split in high season and it was quite busy :-(. My advice (from experience) is that the more inland you travel, the less busy the traffic is, as a rule of thumbs.

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    first visiting friends in Zagreb

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    then the legendary ice cream from Vincek Ice Cream Pastry Shop in Ilica street....

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    bike in the bus to Split

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    lots of rain that spring

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    Plaque about the route that Napoleon had made here.

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    the new highway

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    low lands in the south of Croatia

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    rosemary

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    Cycling on a section of the highway.

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    kinda Dutch

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    After Metković I cycled into Bosia.

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    I met one car on these 40 KM.

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    the village of Hum

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    first night in Monte Negro

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    windy Sunday morning in Nikšić, 800 meters altitude

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    At the right is the new main road to Podgorica, the capital, at the left the old road, a cycle paradise.

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    Lake of Shkodra, in between Monte Negro and Albania.

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    For many years I wanted to cycle along the hilly Monte Negro side.

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    Shkodra in the distance

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    Shkodra

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    cycle town

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    Chinese import

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