Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Day 11: Elbasan  – Tirana 
Time: 3:12:46
Distance: 53.62 km
Average Speed: 16.6 km/h

A 5km downhill roll in the sun before 15km uphill where we climbed an altitude of 700m. The roads of Albania have proven to be as good as the rest of the Balkans even though we were advised that the road surfaces would be poor. As with all of these countries almost every 20km or so there is a roadside memorial to a local person. I assume it is because of car accidents so it makes you remember to stay alert and not take too many risks on the descents. We found the hostel pretty soon after we arrived (Tirana Backpackers Hostel). We took a walk around the city and ate beside the Taiwan building in the Youth Park. Tirana is a lot nicer than I expected and looks similar to many cities in Western Europe. The public bikes they have look much better than the ones in Dublin. Tonight we will have a bbq and beers in the hostel.

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