Balkans 2016 – Day 30 : Germenj to Permet, Albania

The locals told me to that it would rain last night and it did. I think the rain started around 4am and then stopped around 630am. Just in time for me to decamp and get ready for my ride. Had a quick expensive coffee and I started my journey today at around 830 am. The uphill continued for some time before I was rewarded by a great downhill only to be slowed down by the bad condition of the road. After awhile it began to drizzle. I stopped for awhile to have a snack before continuing.

It was a day of excruciating climbs but spectacular views. Traffic was minimal , I think perhaps 1 vehicle per 45 minutes. The road conditions was bad most of the time till Leskovik. However the stunning view made up for it.

I stopped at Leskovik for coffee and rest before continuing to Carshove. It was generally downhill from here but not easy going as the roads are in bad condition.  Took another coffee break at Carshove before moving on. As I reach the first peak of the climb I bumped into another cycle tourist from Germany going the other way. Her name was Katrina and she is heading for Greece. We chatted awhile and thereafter went our ways.

The distance to Permet was 28 KM but the first 15 Km involves lots of climbing and beautiful vistas. After that I descended along the river Viosa and continue downstream towards Permet. Downstream generally means downhill but on a few corners I had to negotiate a few hill climbs.

About 2 km from Permet I stopped by a coffee shop to have beer and I was eventually offered a shot of Raki which is like Grappa. After that I headed to Permet and managed to find a reasonable hotel for 7 Euros with breakfast. I prefer to stay at a hotel as all my battery backup is flat and I need a place for recharging.

Went for a quick tour of the town before heading back to the hotel to have a snack and a couple of cups of wine before showering. Looking forward for a great sleep tonight. Tomorrow I will probably have to wild camp as there are no big towns between Permet and Berat. Berat is around 95km away which I think is too far to ride in a day. 

Lions Project : RM 137.90

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Hello Again. Lets go!
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Many of these bunkers usually outskirts of the village or town
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Ok here is the pine forest.
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Incredible scenic approach to Leskovik.
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Leskovik center of town.
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Many sections up and downhill are like this and sometimes worse.
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My bike also likes a pose.
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Yahoo and it keeps getting better.
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Incredible views.
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up again.
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Very rugged terrain.
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What can I say. Wow!
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In the valley.
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More view from the valley. The whole day has been up verge mountains and down to the valley.
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Bumped into Katrina from Getmany. She is on her way to Greece.
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One pose for the road. Too bad she is as others going the other way. most tourers at this time is cycling away from Winter but I am the only crazy one heading full on towards Winter.
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Incredible view of the river Viosa.
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Start to climb again.
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And again.
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What a view.
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Speechless beauty.
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It’s always fun following the river downstream.
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This is what I am leaving behind.
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My bike’s home for the night.
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Permet town
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My room. 7 Euros with beak fast.
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And a fantastic balcony view
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Sunset at Permet

Author: krankster

I am an avid cyclist that loves mountain biking, bike commuting and most of all bicycle touring. I am a freelance leadership coach and hope to inspire others through my cycling adventures.

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