Monday 27 April 2009


Albania - the first country that feels appreciably different to those that have gone before. It wasn't the best introduction - the road from the border was attrocious and there's fly-tipping and a scrap yard outside every village. Quite a few UK registered 4x4s about, all being driven by Albanians. In the town of Shkoder the only place that felt safe to leave the bikes was the underground car park of the 5 star Grand Hotel, which fortunately charged Albanian prices.

The next morning the road improved and so did the mood. Absolutely mad driving in Tirana and then 2 glorious mountain passes, one of which follows the ridge of the mountain with 1,000 meter drops on either side.