Slovenia self-guided cycling tour: I chose my own adventure

By Elspeth Callender
Updated February 6 2017 - 2:43am, first published 12:07am
Cycling across the Soca, Slovenia.
Sabadin viaduct on the Parenzana rail trail, Croatia.
Cultivated Istrian coastline, Croatia.

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Cycling across the Soca, Slovenia.
Canal Grande in Trieste, Italy.
Julian Alps and Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
Strunjan Tunnel near Portoroz, Slovenia.
It all begins in Bled, Slovenia.

Metres from the Italian border, I pull over at a Slovenian roadside food stall because it feels like a good thing to do. A 40-something Montenegrin mans the stand. He and the other locals there are amazed to meet a cycling Australian and, before long, I'm handed a plastic cup of homemade wine. Zoran, meanwhile, carves slices of red capsicum and fresh cheese and cured pork – one of them made from the meat around the throat of wild boar he gestures and explains. Samples are pressed between rough-cut slices of bread and passed to me to try until I'm stuffed.

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