Day 44 – 45: A Mental Breakdown, First Steps Into Montenegro, And A Crazy Balkan Gypsy

The stars are fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many shooting stars. Every time I wake during the night I look up and see multiple streaks across the sky. The only down side to our cowboy camping is that everything is soaked in the morning. Our sleeping bags and everything else are completely … Continue reading Day 44 – 45: A Mental Breakdown, First Steps Into Montenegro, And A Crazy Balkan Gypsy

Days 42- 43: Into The Wild Zelengora

It’s still pitch black out when I hear Express pack up and leave camp. It’s 4 am. She’s walking the 13 miles into the next town, Kalinovik, as quickly as possible so she can get a ride to Jablanica to pick up her replacement shoes that are being held at the post office. I had … Continue reading Days 42- 43: Into The Wild Zelengora

Days 36 – 41: Zeros In Mostar, A Medieval Village, And The Knife’s Edge

We take three full days off in Mostar. The first day I feel terrible and weak and achy all over so I sleep all day. I think I just needed rest because the next day I still feel weak, but so much better. We have a great Air BnB right in old town and the … Continue reading Days 36 – 41: Zeros In Mostar, A Medieval Village, And The Knife’s Edge

Days 34 – 35: Prenj Mountain Is A Wicked Beauty

I’m nervous about this next stage. It sounds beautiful but the trail is described as “unbelievably steep.” I thought most of the trail has already been steep, how is it possible that it gets worse? I look at the elevation profile on my map and see a nearly vertical line. It looks like we’ll be … Continue reading Days 34 – 35: Prenj Mountain Is A Wicked Beauty

Day 33: Čvrsnica Mountain

It’s another day starting with a climb up a mountain, I guess this will be the trend here in Bosnia. This climb is pretty mellow and when I get to the top I’m giddy to see a nice trail and beautiful green meadows surrounded by jagged peaks. It’s so nice to feel like we’re in … Continue reading Day 33: Čvrsnica Mountain

Day 32: Connecting the Dots and Climbing Mountains

Today we get to summit a series of mountains. There’s an initial steep uphill but once I’m on top it’s another game of connect the dots as I follow the spine of the mountain range. Once again there’s no official trail, just the dots to guide you, but it’s really easy to see where I … Continue reading Day 32: Connecting the Dots and Climbing Mountains

Days 29 – 31: First Days In Bosnia

We take a trail zero (a day off on trail without going into town) at Busko Lake. It storms on us for most of the day but I’m happy for an excuse to lay in my tent and read and write and nap. In the afternoon there’s a break in the storm for a few … Continue reading Days 29 – 31: First Days In Bosnia