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Cycling Ukraine-Portugal. Day 19 - Skocjan caves, Val Rosandra, Trieste

Cycling Ukraine-Portugal. Day 19 - Skocjan caves, Val Rosandra, Trieste

January 2020 · 2 min read · Friuli Venezia Giulia

Until this day, I had almost no problems with the weather. Ok, my skin was burnt by the sun, but it's not the biggest issue that can distract you from pedaling. No raining, 18 days dry. Am I lucky?

Castle Senozece, ruined.

Started early, the road was easy and I quickly artived to Skocĵan caves. Here the river falls underground, where it goes until the Adriatic sea. Have you watched the movie Sanctum? Probably, there is something similar hiding from our views deeply inside :).

Admission to the caves requires obtaining an expensive ticket. So, I made a short walk from outside, only able to see the huge canyon where the river goes down. Travelling with small budget makes you happy with your soul's freedom, but often you'll be upset when unable to visit paid sightseeings.

After Skocjan I went to Kozina. 2 kilometers before it I got caught by terrific rain - all my belongings become wet. I wasn't expecting it, cycling carelessly, so when it starts, my raincoat was inside one of the bags...

From Kozina to Trieste there is a bike path on the former railway track, going down slowly from the Karst plato.

It is picturesque, passes Val Rosandra sanctuary, with rocks and tunnels and the scenery of the walley, Trieste and the sea. Somewhere in the middle of this trail, you see the border sign, in Italian language. Hellow, Italy!

Caves. After rain looked disgusting - dirty and small, some of them closed)

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In Trieste I met Viktor, Ukrainian physicist who works on Sincrotrone research center. He hosted me for 2 nights.

I put my clothes, sleeping bag, tent and everything else from my wet bags on the balcony to dry. Then we went for the walk to the city center. The moon was shining, the bora wind was blowing from the Adriatic sea. I saw the amazing historic city center, built in different epochs. We bought a couple of beers and drunk it near the waterfront.

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