At the end of the month I like to look back on what I did, where I was and how I felt. Usually I use my Instagram feed to do so, but the first half of this month I took a bit of a break, because I went back to The Netherlands. There I hugged my friends, witnessed (at) a wedding, spend time with my family and enjoyed the Dutch goods; patatje speciaal, biertje speciaal, 100% pindakaas, dropjes en kaas. Didn’t share this online, but here a short version will follow.
The second half of June was wild. Green and wild. And wet. Summer is gone, adventure is back, the game is on. The 14th of June I started hiking again. More trails to be explored, stories to be written, beauty to be discovered. And photos to be shared. Here’s my “Looking back on June” photo story.
IN THE BUS TO SARAJEVO
Compression socks or no socks? This is the first time I wear compression socks and I have to admit that my legs kind of like them. Usually my calves and feet swell up big time on long bus rides, this time they didn’t…
GREEN WILDERNESS PART 1: JAHORINA TRAILRUN TRACK
Jep, I’m hiking again 🙂 from Sarajevo I’m heading East. First to Višegrad, then to Tara NP where I follow the Via Dinarica Green Trail to Kosovo. In Kosovo I pick up the White Trail and hike my (own) way to the trail head of the Macedonian Transversale to Ohrid. After Ohrid I have to improvise a route through Albania towards Bar where I pick up the Via Dinarica Blue Trail in Montenegro (PPT). I’ll continue on the Blue Trail along the Croatian Coast and perhaps walk back to Zagreb. Or Slovenia. Or Italy. Don’t know yet…
ARGHH why? Okay, I know there’s no or a really bad garbage-pick-up-system in BiH, but here I found leftovers of some kind of food sale. Menu’s with prices, aluminium plates, plastic plates, plastic cups, cola and beer cans. And so on. I just don’t see why you would put all the garbage in your car, drive up and then dump it. How sad that this is probably the easiest way to get rid of your trash.
GREEN WILDERNESS PART 2: FROM BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA TO SERBIA
Tara National Park here I am! Took a while, but learned again that patience pays out. “There’s always a way around”, someone said and if not “look at it the other way around”, I thought.
This trip I hike on the KSO EVO’S, an ultra light, super flexible FiveFinger shoe. Although the trails have been muddy and this is definitely not a mudrunner, I’m really really happy with them. They’re barefootshoes the way I want them. Good sole that protects, but still gives the barefoot feeling. The more a shoe looks like a foot, the more it acts like one. Got a good 200 kilometres done, mostly through forests on wet trails, but I haven’t had any blister or what so ever. Whenever possible I wash them and put on my sandals to give my feet some air. Works perfect so far.