In the rock climber’s paradise – the town of Demir Kapija, it is hidden the worst restaurant in Macedonia. It is so terrible that I gladly return over and over again, every time I’m in the neighbourhood and it became my favourite place in the whole region.
I have no clue how my bicycle touring mates discovered this place. Though, on the other hand, Kratovo is not a popular tourist destination in Macedonia, and I do not expect that there are many options where one can spend a night there. Either way, it was sure worth visiting.
In October 1931, Kazimierz Nowak set out alone on a journey starting from Poland, to cross Africa, with his bicycle. It took him more than 5 years, travelled more than 40.000 km and made a whole round trip. The African locals had given him the name ‘single white man travelling on a strange vehicle’.
The third day was a magnificent day of leisure, exploration of the capital of Albania – Tirana, hanging with my friends and as well going to the nearby beach on the Adriatic Sea. Not any bicycle riding. Hey, it is not all in life about riding a bicycle, there is something also about walking.
The second day on the tour was as if I am travelling for a long time. I had no more doubts about the journey nor about my mental and physical readiness. I was out there, travelling. And I was loving it.
Taking a train with a bicycle in Macedonia is a tricky thing. The first issue is that there are no special places for bicycles. The second issue is that the trains are very high, so one needs assistance to put the bicycle in the train sometimes. And the third issue is that the train company's policy is not very clear. In general, one can take the bicycle in the train, for a minor fee of about 0,5 EURO, which should be paid to the train conductor. But, understanding that there is no special place for bicycles, train conductors are reluctant to allow bicycles on the train.
So, if you must take the bicycle on the train, do like the locals – be innovative in placing the bicycle for transport in the train. Understand that at the moment there are two main types of trains in Macedonia.