Vienna to Bystriča, Northern Slovakia

Quick breakfast in a local bakery for €10 for three instead of paying that amount each at the hostel/ hotel. Coffee, buns, jam.

Off we drove following our prearranged plans only to be thwarted within 200m by a road block. Rerouting is only possible with my app when I have wifi, so Jacob was relied on to navigate a new route onto the motorway.

Great drive up into the mountains, fantastic trees and hills. Into Cicminy, a classic ‘village’, lots of pro and amateur cyclists on the road too.

mountain cruising with Willhelm

Arrived in Byrstiča to our penzion thanks to Kerry’s alert eyes seeing the sign Jacob and I were blind to.

Then it was off on an hours train ride from Martin to Banská Bystriča up the mountains. Scenery was spectacular, but normal for the locals. a bite to eat at a local pizza cafe, and we jumped on the return train an hour later. Unfortunately it was dark by then, but it was a nice outing and came recommended in Jacobs Lonely Planet guide.

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