Thursday, July 19, 2012

Roads in the Balkans

Anyone who has seen the Pixar movie Cars may remember this scene where Lightning McQueen finds out how a new super highway has meant that no one travels along the old Route 66 anymore.

This is portrayed as a tragic story for the residents (cars) of the small town on the old road. But they failed to point out the upside: that back road is now perfect for bicycle tourists!

Our little helmet-mounted rearview mirrors show no traffic...
We have been biking along deserted roads like this across most of the Balkans. The roads are ideal not only because they are so safe for bikes, but also because - as explained to Lightning McQueen - the road moves with the land, rising, falling, curving:
"Cars [Bikes] don't drive on it to make great time. They drive on it to have a great time"

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