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Slovenia

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Roman Bale

Roman Bale is from Slovenia. He is a 39 year old motorcycle enthusiast.

In the past he has been a street bike motorcycle journalist and test rider for one of the biggest Slovenian magazines but it all changed for him when he got his first enduro bike to test for a magazine review. He had to do 10,000 km with it. That was a turning point for him and he soon bought his own enduro bike.

In the last 10 years he evolved his local enduro trips into adventure enduro to the remotest places of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Romania and also Tunisia. Every year he organises a few weeks long enduro trip to the remotest areas of various countries. He tries to find places that are not even on the map, tracking down paths far away from touristy destinations, hotels and restaurants.

Roman is known for traveling and packing light, but he will always find space for something extra in his soft luggage when it’s necessary. Roman does not like to use a tent. On adventures with buddies they prefer to sleep under a tarp, by an open fire in the mountains with a nice view over the landscape.

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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

From May to September.
You'll have the fresh greens of new life in May and the flowers are blooming. The smells of nature are amazing and it will reach you under your helmet.
Summer can be hot, but Slovenia is almost 70% covered with forests, so you can find shade if you need to.
By the end of September you will already find autumnal colours, especially in the woods. Temperatures are still great for adventure riding, but days are shorter and mornings can get quite fresh if you're sleeping outside.
Slovenian
It is prohibited to camp on public areas that are not registered as campsites.

On private land you can camp with the approval of the land owner.

In touristy areas and national parks It is strongly advised against wild camping. There are local patrols organized and for wild camping you can get a fine of 84€.

In remote areas in the southern parts of the country away from roads and villages you can try wild camping in the woods.

There is an unwritten rule - if you can't see a road or a house from where you want to camp then no one will see you camping.
In the countryside riding is limited to the existing road infrastructure of public roads and uncategorized roads which are used for public transport. Forest gravel roads and some carriage ways are also included. It is usually forbidden to ride inside national parks, on single tracks, private roads, closed roads, pathways, hiking trails and off road.

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Slovenia is situated in Central Europe touching the Alps and bordering the Mediterranean.

You will be surrounded by mountains on the northern part of the route. The emerald coloured river Soca will greet you there, so take time for a stop if there is an opportunity. You can camp at one of the many beautiful official campsites by the river.

Later on forests and hills welcome you on white gravel roads winding towards the south. Stop and soak in the great views as they open up. The southwestern part of the route will take you through Slovenia's Karst Plateau (Slovenian: Kras), a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves. Slovenia is a country with many asphalted roads that have already reached most of the small remote villages, so having a decent piece of continuous unsurfaced trail is a real treat. The Slovenian TET section is more than 75% unpaved.

It is a gift to ride here, so try to make the most of it. Take a rest in a random small village, visit the restaurant there and order some local food and wine.

The TET through Slovenia is not too difficult, but some sections are not advised to be ridden with big adventure bikes. Packing and travelling light is the ethos. Most surfaces on TET through Slovenia are gravel. Some sections are soil, which can be a bit muddy in the case of rain. Some short parts of the trail are steep and/or rocky.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Do not miss swimming in the beautiful and clear emerald Soca River in the north or the Kolpa River in the south.

If you have some spare time go and visit the First World War museum in Kobarid. You will be astonished by the huge battles that took place in this region.

Explore the authentic and exquisite cuisine - where it is only a step from the farm to the table. T

ake a rest in a random small village and try some local food and wine in one of those restaurants called ""GOSTILNA"". Slovenian food and wine is top quality and not too expensive.

Slovenia is the land of castles so try to find time to see one. Your best option - and almost on the route - is Predjama Castle near Postojna.

Also don't miss a visit to Postojna Caves - perhaps the best caves you will ever see.

You will need 3 days to ride the suggested trail. Try to take an extra day or two and spend some time on one of the beautiful rivers or get lose yourself in a remote village. This way you'll get much more from Slovenia and it will make your experience more unique.