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  • Not Maribored
    • 14/09/2019
Hungary throws one final thunderstorm at me and a little 10% climb to the border, really as a small warning of what to expect...
The landscape immediately changes! Or maybe the land use changes?
Lots of small, steep valleys, down and up, though the road attempts to stick to the ridges where life is concentrated - every house and farm perches on the edge of the slope with marvellous views over the valleys, which are partially vine yarded, some pastures of cows, and the valley bottom wooded and gloomy.

This makes it impossible to find a hill top campsite, so I've missed the end of a beautiful sunset. Could be worse though!

Maribor, famed for the oldest vine in the world, seems like an appropriate place to do some wine tasting, easily accomodated, and also discover "Most", essentially grape cider.

The historic town centre is coincidentally displaying a history or railways in the town, with a panel describing Darlington's place in history! Nice to see the recognition!

In the hostel met Shane the kiwi tour de France chaser - He has also been travelling for two months, but is covering up to 200km a day on a carbon racing bike, carrying just a 3l backpack. Rapid!
He sneaks on to stages after the gendarmes close the roads but before the race comes through and rides as far as possible before he gets caught.
Completed a stage in the mountains this year which was cut short for the actual race due to a massive hailstorm before the end.


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