Balkans 2016 – Day 37 : Tirana to Shkoder, Albania

A big and ambitious day today. Since I missed Bunkart yesterday, I decided to go there today before heading to Shkoder. It’s already around 95 KM to Shkoder but with the detour to Bunkart total ride distance would be at least 115 KM. Good thing the terrain is expected to be flat.

Anyway Bunkart was fascinating. The underground bunker is huge and elaborate. It was built by the dictator Hoxha who was paranoid about being attacked by enemies. He also planned to build around 200,000 small bunkers all over Albania but only 160,000 plus was finally built. I have seen many while cycling in Albania.

After Bunkart, I pushed off towards Shkoder. At some point I joined a dual carriage highway and was not too keen about it. I started looking for exit to country roads. I found one about 20km out and followed that till I reached Shkoder.

Broke for a quick lunch before continuing. I arrived Shkoder eventually after sunset at around 6pm.  I immediately started looking for the hostel I planned to stay.

The hostel was a bit way out of town but eventually I found it. After checking in and showering,  I was invited to join the other guest for dinner which consisted of home cooked vegetarian Albanian food. The food was mainly vegetables from the host’s garden and it was fresh and deliciously prepared. The host also brought out his home made red wine. We had to pay for the dinner but wine was free. So you can imagine how many glasses we had before calling it the night.  A lot.

Lions Project : RM 172.60

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Entrance to the bunkers.

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Tunnel that leads to the bunkers

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Yay it’s open today
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Look at how thick the concrete doors are

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Hello from inside the bunker

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Lunch time.

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Can you see me ?

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A couple of recumbents

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Dinner

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Dinner

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Florian the host and his huge bottle of homemade wine. Free flow !

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Ok I think I have enough wine already.

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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