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Bosnia & Herzegovina

Your Linesman

Dario Winkler

I was born and live in a small town in the very flat eastern part of Croatia – so that’s the reason I mostly ride in the mountainous areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. My passion is off-road adventure, riding far from my busy life and the city crowds. For the last few years I’ve become very involved in finding, recording and distributing tracks with other off-road enthusiasts.

Several times per year I organise (or just participate) 4-5 day adventure trips with friends from all parts of Balkans. Next up for me is to explore Romania and Bulgaria. I’m married, the father of three sons, work as a Project Manager and ride a KTM 950 Adventure.

Can’t wait to see you somewhere in the mountains !!!

DOWNLOAD THE GPX TRACK

The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

  1.  Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid
  2. If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group
  3. Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble
  4. Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines
  5. Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse
  6. On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them
  7. Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone
  8. Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

Late spring, summer, early autumn. Heavy snowfall in the mountains means closed roads in the highest areas until May. Sometimes snow can fall in the mountains in June, so be prepared!
Bosnian (same as Croatian or Serbian). The majority of the populations speak English and many speak German too
Bosnian Mark (BAM)
It's illegal to wild camp, but in reality you can wild camp if you're not bothering neighbours or using private land. As always is the case in remote wilderness there are bears and wolves around, so storing food away from the camp is wise.
Trail riding using white roads or mountain paths is allowed. Riding on designated public walking paths/trekking paths is forbidden. Respect the signs in the protected areas of National and Nature Parks which forbid riding.

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mountainous country offering a vast variety of terrain to ride. Mountain peaks will offer amazing views. There are also the open plains that you will experience entering Bosnia from Croatia at Bosansko Grahovo. The TET will take you towards Livno riding along Buško Lake and then towards Ramsko Lake. Visiting these beautiful glacial lakes spread through the Bosnian mountains will create amazing riding opportunites. Riding towards Mostar and then Montenegro where you will be greeted by the famous Durmitor mountain range and Žabljak area where the HUBB has its annual event.

WARNING: Wherever you see the "MINE" sign on the side of the road, it is STRICTLY forbidden (not to say very, very foolish) to venture from the road.

Bosnia and Herzegovina was unfortunately part of the wars of the 90’s. MINE signs along the white roads, in the woods, open fields, wood clearings etc NEED to be taken very seriously.
There have been reports of people riding in fields where there are known to be mines and we, as a part of the TET project, advise strongly against such risky and stupid behaviour.
Any unnecessary riding in danger areas puts the individual, his/her friends and the emergency services in mortal danger. It also puts in jeopardy the TET routes, possibly leading to their temporary closure and even permanently finishing defined trail use in these areas.
We have provided a link to the map of MINE infected areas that is updated whenever part of the infected area is declared clear of mines.
Local people may know a safe path, but because the mines move with the soil you cannot trust or rely on their verbal advice.
Please follow the rules and the designated TET route, so we can all safely enjoy the amazing vistas of the Bosnia and Herzegovina.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Ćevapčići: minced meet rolls, served with ajvar, onion, and lepinja flat bread
Baklava, tufahija, hurmašice cakes
Trout
Obitelj: mountain men breakfast of scrambled eggs, flat corn bead, eggs mixed with cow cheese
All kinds of dolma: šarena, sogan etc (savoury dishes)
Drink turkish coffee with rahat lokum
Visit Sarajevo, the Jerusalem of Europe
Listen to sevdah traditional singing
Talk to raja (groups of friends) in Sarajevo