A lot of pictures, little text. Am in Corovode after finishing the planned hiking trip. Revisited the Pirogoshi Cave, this time with lamp.
Walked from Elbasan to Gjinar, had beautiful views both before and behind me.
Not much news today - am still in civilisated parts of Albania. :)
There is a bed&breakfast, a good restaurant (the food was better better than yesterday at Kriva Resort) and some more, shops, fuel stations and obviously an internet cafe.
Made it to Elbasan today thanks to an early start, a mule ride and a trip in a 26-seater mini bus. I still cannot confirm that Albanian drivers are supposed to be reckless. As long as we were in the mountains we didn’t exceed 40 km/h. Especially at the landslides the driver was very careful. On the big main road we didn’t go faster than 60 km/h and all 45-50 passengers reached safe and sound their destinations.
Below some pictures I saw between Peshkopi and Elbasan; some of the reports are to show on my blog (I hope).
Entrance of Cave Val here
After landing in Vienna illuminated by a lot of lightning the rest of the journey to Tirana was not too spectacular. On 4th of August I went by bus near near Mashterkore and started hiking - straight uphill.
Some km before Gryke Orosh I was overtaken by an Italian car which I later overtook since its coupling was broken.
Still far away from Nenshejt I camped since I was tired enough. I had walked some km in Tirana already.
Next morning a family in a Jeep was so kind to take me to the next spring since I was out of water.
Crossing the highland and descending to Krej Lure gave some nice views, but during the latter a heavy thunderstorm started. One lightning and thunder did startle even me, else it was just a nuisance (and the shoes got soaked completely).
Asking for Hotel Tourizmi in Fushe Lure resulted in an invitation to a private house - very nice and interesting experience.
Next day I climbed Lura mountain after visiting five of the lakes - I was told afterwards that I most probably have missed two. I descended to Kroi Bardhe and was able to find Kroi Zi, too.
The hospitable Albanian and retired economist Nikolla showed me around, invited me to lunch and breakfast and next morning he drove me to Krej Lure - again.
Though I had planned a route which would have been 19 km across the mountains I preferred to walk 17 more easy km on the roads.
There were demanding enough - especially the descent in Gure Lure.
On the next day I failed to find the remains of an old castle of Skanderbeg being much to optimistic.
But I could gather some informations for the next days walk. This went along the famous, though maybe mostly unknown channel from Gure Lure to Cidhen and was not as bad as some people had promised. :)
I also found Shpelle and Burim Sopanikes (which is not too hard if you know the spring is supposed to shed 150 l/second).
(addendum) The location is here - on the Bing Imagery you see clearly the water flowing north.
Then I met a helpful farmer which (of course) invited me for a coffee, offered some food, too, and then his son showed me the right way to Peshkopi.
Luckily another helpful man gave me a lift for 8 km, else I’d have a hard time - today I walked altogether about 30 km plus exploring the cave.
Sehr verehrtes Publikum, ;)
endlich habe ich es geschafft, meinen Reisebericht zu Wanderung des letzten Jahres inklusive Karten, Höhenmetern und Bildern fertig- und ins Internet zu stellen.
Mein Weg führte unter anderem durch etwas abgelegenere Regionen, den Lengariça-Canyon und über die Berge Dhëmbel, Nemërçka und Lunxhërisë.
Zur Lektüre geht es hier entlang.
Einige weitere Bilder sind bei Wikimedia Commons zu finden.
Viel Vergnügen beim Lesen und Betrachten!