Soon the road I was on veered left towards Zirovnica, and beyond here the mountains, while to my right snaked the motorway from Austria. With almost 8000 metres of tunnel behind it, this less than busy stretch of highway was heading towards the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.
Once you leave the valley floor there is only way you can go: up! The road towards Tržič was my first serious climb for the day, though not as steep, nor as long as I expected it to be; nevertheless, steep enough to provide me with a swift and smooth descent into town.
This time it was a young lady, who in her own words spoke “Just a leetle English”. Faster than a telephone exchange employee, she put her mouth to her mobile and within seconds a rather hefty young led came bounding along the footpath. Most likely her son, his impeccable English soon had me on the exact road I needed.
Following a very steep climb towards Apno, made all the more difficult by the lingering heat, I eventually reached the medieval town of Kamnik, where the route finally became much easier to follow. From here it was just another 10 kilometres to our accommodation at House Berdnik, in Kamniška Bistrica.
The road, which gradually travels uphill towards the snow capped peaks of the Kamniška Savinjske Alps, is a popular destination for local cyclists, as testified by the numbers I passed travelling each way. While the road is eventually encased by a semi-circle of mountains, many walks continue further up ont its steep slopes above.
That evening, now entrenched in the mountains, we gorged ourselves on a magnificently procured meal of local trout, grilled cheese and vegetables, salad and bread. Slovenian hospitality continued back at our accommodation, when our very affable host, Frank, offered us his home-made limoncello. Needless to say, it was an evening to remember!
Books by Mark Krieger:
‘High Spain Drifter’ is available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble, Booktopia and other online bookstores.
‘Lycra, Lattes and the Long Way Round’ is available on Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books
Both books are also available at local bookshops on the Mornington Peninsula: @ Rosebud Bookbarn and @ La Brocante
“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise fishing is stupid and boring”.