Back in the Saddle
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Ride - Day 8, Ribcev Laz (Bohinj Jezero), Slovenia to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
48.4km (30.2 miles)
Awoke to what was going to be another beautiful day for riding. A polar opposite from two days ago. Today's ride was going to be a short, but tough ride through the heart of Triglav National Park and would again offer some stunning scenery of the Slovenian Alps.
We left Ribcev Laz and Lake Bohinj (at 530m - 1740ft) and started through a smaller valley (Ribnica Suha) just north of where we had come into the lake 2 days earlier. We rode through three small towns (Stara Fuzina, Srednja Vas, and Jereka) over the first couple miles of the ride which turned into an early warmup.
At Jereka, we began our next climbing section. Initially this climb was similar to our climb to Jezerski Vrh when we entered Slovenia 3 days ago. A nice steady climb with lots of switchbacks to moderate the grade. Just find your rhythm and pedal. That worked for the first 6 km of the climb to Koprivnik (somewher around 950m - 3115ft). At the town I waited for Klara, Carrie, Chris, and C.C. while Jeff and Steve had gone on ahead. After a short flat section through the town we began another wicked section of climbing up to Pokljuka Plateau. This section was not kind with switchbacks and easy grades, the road just went straight up the hill.
It was an absolute relief to sit in the sun and eat lunch and just recover for a bit. There was still a slight chill in the air at this altitude (if you can call it that) today. As evidenced by the snow still on the ground when we started riding again on the other side of the hills that we had just climbed.
What goes up does indeed get to go down again and our ride after lunch turned right back down hill again as we descended into Krnica (back down to 642m - 2105ft).
From Krnica we followed the Radovna river along a small gravel road. It was a respite to be back on the flat for a while. We cruised along through the valley passing some old WWII memorials. As we approached Radovna after about 10km of cycling the valley opened up around us and we got some amazing pictures of the mountains shooting up off the valley floor.
We van transferred to Kranjska Gora along a main highway following the Sava Dolinka. Kranjska Gora was a ski town and our hotel was located right on the ski slopes in town. Had some time to kill before dinner so I went walking through town for a bit after cleaning up. Came back and chatted with Renata for a bit who was sitting out on the ski slope near the hotel.
- I think I was getting used to the 5-8% grades. 15-20% just suck, no two bits about it.
- Interesting hearing and seeing some stories about WWI and WWII from this area of Europe. A perspective not many Americans get and one that we would get more of 2 days hence for WWI.
- Topo Map for Today's Ride
- Finally getting a view of Triglav in Radovna Valley. Would be interesting to come back to climb this mountain sometime.
- Hudy Sport!
- Hard to believe that we were already on the back end of the trip. Seemed like we were just getting started.