Wednesday 16th November 2011

The Danube at Novi Sad, Serbia
The Danube at Novi Sad, Serbia

Wed 16. Novi Sad to Grocka 72 miles. Still in Serbia and probably be here tomorrow night also. Lovely hotel last night both the girl on duty last night and the one this morning spoke very good English and were very helpful, not very busy though there was only me and a German bloke there. Didn’t get on the road until 8 o’clock this morning, seemed to take forever to get breakfast, it was waiter service. The roads were a bit busier today but then I was heading towards the capital Belgrade, found my way through there fairly well, I’m getting pretty good at cities on this trip, I just tend to follow the compass! There’s loads of smallish dogs roaming around and seem fairly friendly they always wag there tail when you are near them. Then there’s some medium sized dogs who don’t seem quite as friendly, going along this morning I saw this dog attacking cars as they drove past, then it was my turn to go past and was ready for the attack, to my amazement he just ignored me, yet as soon as another car came behind me he was in attack mode again! Most bizarre. I did get chased by a dog this afternoon but I was going fairly fast so it wasn’t a problem.

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Tuesday 15th November 2011

Warning sign
Watch out there’s mines in those fields

Tue 15. Mohacs to Novi Sad, Serbia. 104 miles. Cold start once again but at least it stays dry. Had to hand my passport over at the Croatian border first time I’ve had to do that on this trip. They obviously only let lorries through at a certain time as they were all queued up waiting to cross, passed through the Hungarian side and then proceeded the Croatian side who were also ok, I was having a conversation with a policeman I think (he wasn’t in a uniform but had a badge) whilst the border guards checked my passport, I think he was asking me where I was going, so I told him, not too sure what he thought about it but he shook his head a few times at certain countries. Pleasant ride through Croatia, nice and flat. I got to Osijek and continued to ride through and head in an easterly direction, (what other way would I be going on this trip?) I passed a couple of houses that looked as if they were riddled with bullet holes but thought not it must be something else. Then after about a kilometre when I was away from any houses and surrounded by fields I noticed there were some signs with skull and cross bones on them, after a closure look they were warning about mines! Perhaps they were bullet holes after all. Also glad I didn’t have to pop into the fields for a comfort break, that could have been painful! More border checks crossing into Serbia but again no problem.

Monday 14th November 2011

Little market stall outside a house
One of the many little stalls outside peoples houses

Mon 14. Szekesfehervar to Mohacs 91 miles. Very cold and frosty this morning and been fairly cold all day not taken any layers off apart from my hat. It’s been a flat ride through Hungary with very few hills, well not the route I’ve taken anyway, the roads are pretty quite apart from near motorway junctions and in and out of towns. The roads are in a bit of a state not pot holed justs ruts in them! And quite deep.