Thursday, 16.05.19, Skopje – Pristina – Tirana

Day 24 for the records. During the night Ingrid woke me up, she heard a noise. I did not, but I climbed down the bunk bed and shouted “hey!”. No reaction, silence. I did not leave the vehicle. You never know. Could not sleep for some time. Felt a definite shaking of the motorhome about half an hour later. Thought must have been a wind gust. Did not hear any wind. Thought all will be well….

In the morning I had to look for the bicycle immediately after waking up. Bad news, it was gone. Looked to the rack and found the wire lock cut precisely but fixing straps were opened carefully and not damaged at all. Gentlemen thieves. Ingrid might have heard the cut, I must have disturbed them and they came back later to lift the bike off when I felt the swing. Went to reception, they were apologetic and pointed me to the next police station 12 km to the south. As we were heading north to Pristiana it was a short discussion, but we decided to report the incidence.

Nasty surprise, Mountain Bike stolen during the night.

We had to wait about 45 min until the administration started office but then were treated with Turkish coffee and a rather swift procedure.
Back to pass Skopje with mixed feelings now towards Pristina in the Kosovo.

Pristina did not reveal its charming side…

Weather rainy and NO = ZERO chance to find parking near an old town. Tried hard settled for a few shots from the car, looked for a fuel station, had some coffee there before turning south.

WE had our camping guide and Google Maps agreeing to the position of our choice. But the approach road was more than adventurous. We had to ask and still had our doubts. But we made it.

Wednesday, 15.05.19, Thessaloniki – Skopje

Day 23 for the records.We had to go back northbound and pass Thessaloniki on the eastern side on the path to Skopje in Northern Macedonia. We had all kinds of road widths and surfaces, from pothole staccatos to top brandnew highways and had views to highways in construction, which were breathtaking because of there sheere size and the long bridges.

Mostly great highways for a reasonable toll

Found parking near the city center and started our excursion on foot. It is a town of monuments as you can see below. There was a strong earthquake in the recent past, so many of the historic buildings were restored or built new. So it was quite a mixed bag of architecture but had its own charme and friendly people all around.

City of Monuments

Later we drove to a camping site on the fringe of Skopje which was attached to a big hotel and was located in a park with all amenities you would expect.