On our rounds we recently came across a chap from Eastern Europe with a great story about his biking travels called Jacob Laukaitis. Travelling through many of the counties we have and also spending time in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia which are on our 2016 itinerary we thought we’d share some of his story, here’s part 1:
“I was born and raised in Eastern Europe, but have never been to any of the Balkan States. So right after I came back from an 8 month-long trip around Asia, I bought a motorbike and left, completely alone.
I chose Honda Dominator, because it seemed like a great choice to go to the Balkans, since it’s an enduro bike and not as big as Honda Transalp. All of my driving experience consisted in motorbiking around Asia in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan etc.. but it was never professional.
These are the countries I went through: Lithuania > Poland > Czech Republic > Austria > Slovenia > Croatia > Bosnia and Herzegovina > Montenegro > Albania > Greece > Macedonia > Kosovo > Serbia > Romania > Hungary > Slovakia > Poland > Lithuania.
I skipped only two of the Balkan States: Bulgaria (because people told me it’s not too interesting) and Moldova (because it would have been such a long drive the opposite direction). I did not plan this route in advance and I didn’t even have a map. So I’d literally decide where I’m going next every night at my hotel rooms.
I really enjoyed driving down the coast of Croatia; doing the best mountain passes in Europe – Transfagarasan and Transalpina in Romania; exploring the ancient town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina; checking out the the UNESCO heritage site Meteora in Greece; and so much more!”
Stay tuned for more from him including reports from the trip and tips and tricks he learned on the road or checkout his website jacoblaukaitis.com.