Day 252 – EU – Slovenia [Ljubljana to Kamnik]

31st October 2020
Run: 34km

Beautiful sunny run, mountains all around, Tour de France territory and yes, it’s Halloween 🙂

I was eager to hit the road this morning. As soon as the fog cleared out it was blue sky and sunshine all around. One thing that was clear as I headed North of Ljubljana was the sight of the Grintovec mountain, standing tall at 2558m, the highest of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. It seems the summit has already received some snow, it was beautiful.

The region I cross now is the home territory of some Tour de France champions of recent years, Primoz Roglic & Tadej Pogacar. There were many banners paying tribute to the athletes – and I also met a lot of cyclists on the road today. Today is a public holiday weekend in Slovenia, which celebrates “Reformation Day” in memory of a turbulent and culturally rich period in the 16th century which saw the publication of the first book ever written in Slovenian. The trivia you learn on your travels..!

Public holiday weekend plus national lockdown equate: only petrol stations are open. My breakfasts, lunches and dinners are going to hit a new low over the next three days! I am heading East towards Maribor, the second biggest city in Slovenia and close to the Austrian border. It’s good to be on the road and I am blessed by some truly awesome weather conditions at the moment.

Check my daily run GPS data on Garmin or Strava (icons top right of your screen) – here is the map of today’s run: