EU Day 57: Riding Novo Mesto (SLO) to Ljubljana (SLO)

I woke up to the gentle sound of rain and hoped it would magically clear up when I got on my bike.

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I was in luck for the first three hours, it only drizzled a bit, just enough to put on my raincoat. The scenery was quite nice and there were plenty of hills to distract me from the weather.

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18% the steepest hill I've encountered so far


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With 15km to go, it started pouring and I was completely saturated within minutes. Both of my shoes had puddles in them and I just focused on making it to my accommodation as quickly as possible. I arrived safely and proceeded to shower and wash all the mud off myself and my clothes.

I was sharing a dorm with Michelle, an Australian/Serbian and I ended up spending the rest of the day with her. She was on her own adventure through Europe and had so many stories to tell. It was still raining, but she took me into town to give me a short version of the city tour. It’s quite convenient that everything is so close and at night when all the lights came on, it was beautiful.

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One of many bridges in the city, I walked across seven, but maybe I missed one.


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This used to be the hospital, but I'm not sure what it is now


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In the town square, people were getting ready for a half marathon, too bad my shoes were too wet, otherwise I'd totally join in. 😁

We stopped outside St Nicholas’ Church to look at the front door, which symbolises the history of Slovenia. There are centuries of events involving the Roman, Habsburg and Ottoman Empire, and it wasn’t until 1991 that Slovenia gained its independence.

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Apologies for the blurriness here.

Shortly afterwards we went to dinner, and although Indian food is a bit of an odd choice, it was close to our hostel and really tasty on such a cold and wet night. We both ate way too much food, then clumsily ran back to our hostel to avoid the rain. I slept like a log in my surprisingly comfortable bunkbed and treated myself to a nice sleep in before tomorrow’s leisurely ride.

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