Days 12 – 15: Fuzine to Senj…”a medal or a jail sentence”

We road walk into Fuzine which turns out to be a cute little tourist town with a decent market and a cafe where we’re able to get a coffee and use the WiFi and power outlets. We stay for a few hours and then head back to the trail. On our way out of town … Continue reading Days 12 – 15: Fuzine to Senj…”a medal or a jail sentence”

Gorski Kotar is my nemesis

Let me start by saying that I now scream “Gorski!!!” when I get really pissed off and frustrated with the trail. Unfortunately this happens often here in northern Croatia. Here’s a little background on Gorski Kotar... Gorski Kotar is a region in northern Croatia known as the “green heart of Croatia.” It’s absolutely beautiful and … Continue reading Gorski Kotar is my nemesis

Days 10 – 12: Into Risnjak National Park and our first trail magic!

We leave Trsce early, successfully avoiding any David encounters. We hike up partial trail/partial forest roads to a church called Sveta Gora. I’d been messaging with a fellow Via Dinarica thru hiker who is a few weeks ahead and he advised to skip the trail leading away from the church as it is overgrown and … Continue reading Days 10 – 12: Into Risnjak National Park and our first trail magic!

Days 8 – 10: Croatia border to Trsce

I feel a million times better after a solid night’s sleep. We hike a few miles down a forest road to the Slovenian border town of Babno Polje and walk into Croatia. The border patrol officers are super friendly and when we tell them we are hiking all the way to Albania they look at … Continue reading Days 8 – 10: Croatia border to Trsce

Day 6 – 7: The end of Stage 1 and the end of Slovenia

My body is feeling beat up! This hike has been challenging to say the least. The extreme ups and downs, the road walking, bush-whacking, rocky terrain, sometimes non-existent trail, plus the fact that I haven’t done any hiking since finishing the PCT last September, all of it is starting to take its toll on me. … Continue reading Day 6 – 7: The end of Stage 1 and the end of Slovenia

Days 3-5: Nanos Plateau to Nova Vas

We descend Nanos Plateau, insanely steep, and are on our way to Predjama Castle where Stats, another PCT family member is meeting us. He lives in Switzerland and is coming down to hike with us for a few days. So excited to have another PCT-er with us! We find him at the castle, grab a … Continue reading Days 3-5: Nanos Plateau to Nova Vas

Day 2: Via Alpina to start of Via Dinarica, Botazzo Botač (Italy) to Nanos Plateau (Slovenia)

Apparently we didn’t learn anything from yesterday because within the first 10 minutes of hiking we realize we’re climbing on the wrong trail. So we backtrack into the tiny village of Botazzo Botač and find the trail markings leading us through the narrow streets and through a restaurant courtyard. Eventually we’re back on a real … Continue reading Day 2: Via Alpina to start of Via Dinarica, Botazzo Botač (Italy) to Nanos Plateau (Slovenia)

Day 1 : Via Alpina red trail, Muggia to Botazzo Botač

We take a ferry in the morning from Trieste to Muggia. It’s a small passenger ferry and we sit out in the open up front of the boat. We’re all excited to begin hiking today. Trieste is definitely a town I want to come back to but it seems like doing regular tourist things just … Continue reading Day 1 : Via Alpina red trail, Muggia to Botazzo Botač

Almost to the trail—Venice to Trieste to Muggia

We arrived in Trieste yesterday evening via a two hour train from Venice. We haven’t explored the town much, but got to see a bit of it on the 1.5 mile walk from the station to our air bnb. Narrow winding streets, scooters zipping around, tiny cars parked so close together on the street it … Continue reading Almost to the trail—Venice to Trieste to Muggia

a one way plane ticket and a trail through the balkans

After finishing my thru hike of the PCT last September I could do nothing but dream of other long-distance trails to explore. Laying in bed one morning trying to cope with my post-trail depression, I began googling long-distance trails on my phone. That’s when I read a tag line for a National Geographic article that … Continue reading a one way plane ticket and a trail through the balkans