Day 8: 17km (+ 1130m. uphill and 1200m. dowhill)
According to the way markers today’s goal is about 17km and 8.5 hours hiking. 17km? 8.5 hours? This sounds like a challenging hike and I am about to find why.
It stopped raining somewhere in the night and thanks to Bora Tarptent has blown dry. Yeah!
Leaving Velji Zalazi turns out to be today’s first challenge: the village is no more than ruins. Fallen down walls block the trail and the parts of the trail that aren’t blocked are heavily overgrown. My guess: not too many hikers come out here.
After Luk, a pass, a rocky trail downhill (including stunning views) leads into the almost-abandoned village of Mali Zalazi. Here a rewind of this morning: an overgrown trail. An overgrown trail appears to be today’s theme. Just like stunning views!
The overgrown trail makes turns into an interesting search for markings across a saddle with deep, steep dow-belows. Again Bora is out, so is it windy on this exposed part.
At a cistern I blow dry my humid clothes while my water gets filtered. Thank you Bora.
A few valleys and hours hiking down the trail the sun’s out (and so are the snakes). Here, the trail is a proper trail and I am back to fast and easy hiking. Here, I meet a couple of herders. Too bad they don’t speak any foreign language.
An old mountain highway, build by the Austro-Hungarians, takes me to today’s end point: Sventi Andrija fort. Or: the ruins of Sveti Andrija fort.
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Written on my mobile phone while hiking the PPT.