We cycled into Serbia through a national park, spending our first night as guests in a tiny farmhouse just outside Mokra Gora. The hospitality of our first night was repeated many times throughout Serbia whether by people buying us coffee, campsites offering free pitches and breakfast snacks, or an international canoeing group welcoming us to their campsite. In Belgrade we learnt a lot from our great hosts Aleksander and Milica. We left Serbia after a loop around the Danube which, despite bugs and breakages we’d started to grow quite attached to.
Here are some facts and figures from our time in Serbia:
- 884 km cycled (longest day 115 km, shortest day 46 km)
- 2 nights in campsites (1 for free), 6 nights free camping, 7 nights with roof over head (including 2 hotel nights)
- 100+ canoeists shared hospital grounds with us overnight
- 8 days cycling along the Danube river
- 3 thunderstorms, all while we were in shelter
- 3 navigation devices broken (Garmin Dakota GPS, Map case, laptop screen)
- 2 ferry rides (one with our bikes across the Danube for free – see photo)
- 2 restaurant meals (one thanks to Aleksander and Milica)
- 1 bicycle crash – Loss of concentration by Justin saw him swerve across road and almost stack a fully loaded touring bike into a ditch
- 1 broken chain link – Emma’s bike again
- 1 town we were escorted out of by a local on a scooter (we guess Knicanin wasn’t expecting any touring cyclists)
- 1 gypsy wedding almost drove us off the road then held traffic up for a horse drawn parade
Emma’s best cycling day: marvelling at the view over to Romania while cycling along the Dobra National Park and catching sight of a huge face carved into the cliffs opposite.