Taking to the Hills – Brkini Bike Route I

Facing east – village of Zajelšje, Slovenia

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.

Tatre, Slovenia
Early afternoon in Tatre, Slovenia

 

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.

brkini-001

 

The numbers:
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!

Village of Slivje, Slovenia
Slivje, Slovenia
Village of Orehek, Slovenia
Village of Orehek, Slovenia
Local church, Tatre, Slovenia
Local church, Tatre, Slovenia
From Obrov, pick a port: The Croatian port at Rijeka, Slovenia's primary hub at Koper, or Italy's northeast port at Trieste
From Obrov, pick a port: The Croatian port at Rijeka, Slovenia’s primary hub at Koper, or Italy’s northeast port at Trieste
Local church, Obrov, Slovenia
Local church, Obrov, Slovenia
Common in the Slovenian karst - sink holes
Common in the karst – sink holes

 

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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.

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  1. InsideJourneys says

    Wow, Bob, it’s been 7 months already!
    Brkini is beautiful.

    1. BobR says

      Yup, the year’s just blown by. All good! 🙂

  2. noelmorata says

    I don’t know about this area, looking forward to more of your posts since I will be visiting Slovenia in October.

    1. BobR says

      Glad to hear – feel free to get in touch with any questions, etc.

  3. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} says

    I don’t know much about this region at all, so I’m looking forward to learning more from you. I like what I see so far.

  4. Mary {The World Is A Book} says

    I have a friend who is from Slovenia and all the pictures I’ve seen from her are amazing. Lookign forward to virtually biking with you. Glad you made it through your South America trip safe and sound.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks, Mary – it’s good to be back, but still feeling a bit off balance. I’m not sure if that will ever pass. 🙂

  5. Brittany Ruth says

    Thanks for the blog comment Bob! By the way, what’s good to see in Slovenia?

    1. BobR says

      Hi Brittany – Quite a bit, wrapped up in a very small package. Depends on what you’re into. Ljubljana the capital, is a great city –relatively small but very manageable with lots going on. The Alps stretch into Slovenia, there’s a bit of a coastline, and the wine is great. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by – any questions, feel free to get in touch.

  6. Nancie says

    What a gorgeous part of the world! Happy writing, and I look forward to reading about your adventures. Thanks for linking to Travel Photo Thursday!

    1. BobR says

      Thank YOU for the opportunity!

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