Where's a Cradle Shuttle driver when you need one??

All vehicles except for me and the front end loader had to reverse onto the ferry. What a circus. You popped out of a five km long winding tunnel into a congested reversing space and onto the ferry. Just like at Cradle, most drivers other than shuttle drivers do not know how to reverse their vehicle. Given that the shuttle drivers should not reverse, (OHS issue) they, as professional drivers know exactly how to reverse, no need for second or third attempts!!  

So my ferry trip was from Koman to Fierze and the flooded Drin River in northern Albania. I had decided to take this rather spectacular ferry trip, even though the German BMW rider I met at border crossing said I needed to go back two hours riding  to pre purchase my ticket to include bike on ferry. 

The 20 km 'road' (and that's a generous term) was pretty rough going into Koman where the ferry departs. The Lake is created by the hydro dam and the last 5 km was like a race track, very new and very smooth, such a contrast.  

I road forwards onto the ferry and parked. The Kapiten was watching from the bridge and beckoned me up!!  

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The ferry Kapiten has many assistants of course who do most of the work, he steers for the landing and departure and enjoys sipping scotch and chatting practicing his English the rest of the time.  

 It was a three hour ferry trip and the scenery is spectacular. National park of course and very little evidence of human habitation. 

It was a three hour ferry trip and the scenery is spectacular. National park of course and very little evidence of human habitation. 

We had an unscheduled stop as the front end loader needed to be unloaded. Simply chose a part of the shore and unload. The well dressed man is a land owner and they are using the front end loader to create a road up to his new house site. Great views for sure, but still really a subsistence lifestyle. 

Then it was more spectacular scenery as we ferried along to Fierze. 

Seeing as I didn't really have a plan for the rest of the day, the Kapiten suggested I visit Valbona, up in the hills, another National Park. Much better roads and Valbona is truly beautiful, apart from the coastline it's probably the prettiest countryside in Albania. Many guest houses, people visit to hike, enjoy the scenery, rock climbing, rafting and generally taking in the fresh air and enjoying the summer sunshine. I enjoyed my stay and was only 15 km from where I was a few nights earlier,  just in the neighbouring valley. 

Postscript.  

A few days later on a much larger ferry, I had the pleasure of these fellow motorcyclists. 

Rebecca, a lovely young woman from the wine growing area near Trieste. She had just spent three weeks riding the Trans European Trail on her DRX 400 in the Balkans, two German fellows who'd just ridden their flash BMWs around Serbia, Kosovo and Albania and an Austrian adventurer who's been riding every where around the planet (except Australia)for the last 20 years of his holidays. And Me!! 

 notably the window furnishings and design are EXACTLY the same as on the refurbished Spirit 

notably the window furnishings and design are EXACTLY the same as on the refurbished Spirit 

 not all these vehicles are parked in the same direction. More fun disembarking!! 

not all these vehicles are parked in the same direction. More fun disembarking!!