As i got closer to lake Bled,density of vehicles on the road started to increase.I realized it’s weekend and everyone was rushing to do some skinny dipping in the lake Bled or perhaps a visit to the Bled castle.Well i headed straight to the Bled castle as skinny dipping is not my thing,my beer belly and hairy nipples are not good enough to flash among any kind of crowd
Paid 8 euros for the entry fee hoping that it will be worth it.Was slightly disappointed when i realized that i paid it just to see the Medieval walls,towers and refurbished chambers.The only thing worth spending time and dime was the view of Lake Bled from the top.Also the printing house and wine cellar was interesting to visit.
After a brief coffee break inside the Bled castle,i started towards Vrsic Pass.Some landscapes on the way.
Real fun begins as you take the turn from Kranjska Gora towards Vrsic pass,lot of twists and turns to scrape your knees and rear footpeg.
In between,noticed a small but beautiful looking church.It was actually a poignant monument to the many of hundreds of Russian prisoners of war who died building the Russian Road over the Vrisic Pass. Certainly worth stopping and visiting.Met couple of German and Italian bikers,i guess from now on i will be seeing a lot of motorcyclists on the road.
I made it to Vrsic pass.Not so pretty from here,there was some trek involved to go to near by view points which i volunteered to skip.
For the night i ended up in Log Pod Mangartom at a hostel called “Joe’s Place”.It turns out that the owner himself is a motorcyclist and rides a KTM 990,he has done rides around the world and have so many stories to tell from the time when this world used to be a much better place.I get some discounts on stay being a fellow motorcyclist and KTM fanboy 🙂
At Log Pod Mangartom
Joe’s place was quite amazing that i decided to stay for one more day and the other reason was the weather being quite bad and it was raining heavily most of the day.I lost my riding boots in Macedonia and i was riding with my sport shoes ON,these were not waterproof and it could get messy and cold in rain type of situation in Alps.I requested Joe to help me out and he advised me that,on Austrian side there is a shop called Louis Mega shop in Villach town.There i can find lot of options.I went to the Louis shop in the evening when i got some break from the heavy rains,well i can be a pussy sometimes when it comes to riding in rains.Plus my rain gear was not good enough,i was carrying the Quechua rain gear which can tackle mild rains.From the Louis shop,I got these Probiker touring boots for 75 euros.These have been my trusted partner from that time till today.Not that i am being paid for advertising them here,but they were quite comfortable while riding/walking,waterproof but not so sweaty in the hot weather,easy to put on and take off,Can’t say how they perform in case of a crash as i mostly ride slow.I still use them and i am a very happy customer,i am going to buy them again if they are ready to ship it here 🙂
Returned back after quick shopping in Villach,weather still seems to be mad at me.But,i decided whatever maybe the case i leave for Italy tomorrow.The mountain peak you see on the left (close to middle) is Mangart ,Second highest mountain in Slovenia.