Thursday 17th November 2011

House built into the side of the hill
House built into the side of the hill near Near Krepoljin Serbia

Thur 17. Grocka to Zagubica 77 miles. Very cold start today took ages before the frost had all gone. Just glad I’m not camping although I was beginning to think I might have to tonight, thought I’d missed the only town on my map for another 24 miles, luckily I didn’t. Mind you the hotel last night wasn’t particularly warm in the room and neither is this one, must remember to bring my sleeping bag in off the bike at least i’ll be warm in bed, it was just 2 blankets last night and one of those was from the second bed! Dogs are really starting to become a problem now, nice little chap first thing this morning running along with me as I went up a hill, I did fear for his safety though he kept running from one side of the road to another, I was finding it very hard, I kept thinking he was going to get run over any minute, but luckily he didn’t, I was quite glad when I was at the top of the hill and started to pick up a bit of speed so he couldn’t keep up, the last I saw of him was following some girl down another road. Dogs a bit later in the day weren’t quite so friendly and got chased several times, at one point a pack of 5 dogs were chasing me, think I might start carrying a stick to fend them off with! The day finished on a rather sad note, just as it was starting to get dark I could see yet another dog standing by the side of the road waiting for me, as I got nearer and was getting to put a spurt on to get away, I noticed the dog start to cower away and as I rode past I noticed another dog lying dead by the side of the road, it had obviously happened fairly recently as the other dog looked so sad and was just waiting by the dead dog. You do see a lot of dead dogs and that’s always sad, but this was particularly sad as the dogs mate was just waiting over there body.

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