As I mentioned in this post a few days ago, I’ll be spending some time in the Brkini Hills of south western Slovenia over the next couple of months to unwind from my recent seven-month overland trip through South America. It’s a beautiful if relatively unknown region of the country, with a fairly light English language web presence. So, through a series of almost-daily bike rides, I’m hoping to change that.
I have roots in the area –my mother was born and grew up in the village of Pregarje, more or less the geographic center of the region, and where I’m staying— so I have watched the region’s evolution, first during occasional visits in my youth and again since moving to Slovenia permanently nearly a decade ago. It’ll be fantastic to finally explore it, at a more deliberate pace, by bike.
According to wiki, the Brkini Hills border “on the north on the Reka River, on the southwest on the Materija Valley (Matarsko podolje), on the northwest on the Karst Plateau (Kras), and on the southeast on the Jelšane Valley (Jelšansko podolje).” I’ll add more specifics about the geography and history in future posts.
This first route descends from Pregarje to Obrov, then just beyond Markovščina, back up through the villages of Slivje and Tatre before turning back to Pregarje. It’s just under thirty kilometers with just enough vertical climb to break a sweat or two. Note: the section between the villages of Obrov and Markovščina, about six kilometers is on highway E61, a busy two-lane that connects the Italian port city of Trieste and Croatia’s Istrian port town of Rijeka, which means lots of truck and trailer traffic. I’ve only been on it a few times by bike and despite its inviting scenery, in each case was eager to get on another road.
Distance: Just under 29 km (18mi)
Cumulative vertical climb: 460m (1509ft)
Total riding time: 1hr 43min
Avg. speed: 17.25 kph (10.71mph)
Max speed: 55.78 kph (34.6mph)
And a few more photos. Any questions? Don’t hesitate!
These snaps are this week’s contribution for Travel Photo Thursday (#TPThursday on twitter) hosted by Nancie on her website, Budget Travelers Sandbox. When you have few minutes to browse, check out Nancie’s photos and those of others who take part. You’ll see some great photos and visit some wonderful places. The direct link for this week’s post is here.