Novi Sad-Zemun 103kms

One of the fringe benefits of staying in a B&B is the breakfast. Not a full fry-up as you’d expect in the UK, but a cold buffet of meats, cheeses, eggs, croissants…etc. Ideal for making a small pack-up for the road. But I also took advantage of doing my laundry, and getting the bootboy to give my cycling shoes a clean…..


Before I left the city, I paid a quick visit to the centre, and came across my first Eastern Orthodox church


There must be several in the city because orthodox clergy were evident everywhere.
When I left the city, I had hoped to pick up the Danube trail once again, found a clear signpost pointing the way


I followed it, only to find that it deteriorated into a dirt track. Rejoining the highway, I found that conditions there weren’t much better


and when I took a longish diversion to get onto quieter roads, I found stretches still waiting to be completed!


But the real punishment for not staying with the trail was this


….and let me spell it out, that is uphill not downhill……and it went on for 4kms. But of course, journeymen welcome challenges like that, don’t we?
My campsite tonight is just 16kms from the centre of Belgrade, capital of Serbia. So tomorrow I will pay my first visit….expecting of course to see a certain amount of flood damage from the recent heavy rains.


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 27, 2014, in Kimbolton to Istanbul 4000kms: a crusader's route and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Andrew Pooley

    Frank, I am greatly enjoying your posts. I looks as if you are having a great trip. I hope the rest of the journey goes well.
    Very best wishes

  2. Sheila Lindsay

    I am finding your trip really interesting too and will copy the link to a friend who likes adventurous cycle trips too to inspire him. I’ll stick to shorter walks! Did you get up that hill?

  3. I quake at the thought of an 8% gradient, never mind actually riding it.

  4. Ouch! 8% for 4km with a loaded bike. Ouch!

  5. Andrew Lang

    Frank, you don’t seem to be getting enough support from your followers at the moment. We are here, making sure that we keep up with your journey. We do care. But we have no idea of where you really are. Can you link us to a map to help us follow your progress? Well done so far. Keep going. When it gets really hard just think what it would be like to do it in a wheelchair.

    GO BURNS GO !!!!

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