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Slovenia

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
322km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
3 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
From May to September. You'll have the fresh greens of new life in May and the flowers are blooming. The smells of nature are amazing and it will reach you under yourhelmet.

Summer can be hot, but Slovenia is almost 70% covered with forests, so you can find shade if you need to. By the end of September you will already find autumnal colours, especially in the woods. Temperatures are still great for adventure riding, but days are shorter and mornings can get quite fresh if you're sleeping outside.
4Entry point into country
Kobarid
5Exit point from country
Petrina
6Language(s)
Slovenian is the official language. Most people speak English also.
7Currency
Euro
8Emergency telephone number
112
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
It is prohibited to camp on public areas that are not registered as campsites. On private land you can camp with the approval of the land owner. In touristy areas and national parks I would strongly advise not wild camping. There are local patrols organized and for wild camping you can get a fine of 84€. In remote areas in the southern parts of the country away from roads and villages you can try wild camping in the woods. There is an unwritten rule - if you can't see a road or a house from where you want to camp then no one will see you camping.
11Trail riding and the law
In the countryside riding is limited to the existing road infrastructure of public roads and uncategorized roads which are used for public transport. Forest gravel roads and some carriage ways are also included. It is usually forbidden to ride inside national parks, on single tracks, private roads, closed roads, pathways, hiking trails and off road.
12Bike events on or near the TET
Motorcycle meetings calendar SLOVENIA: www.zmks.com/images/ZMKS_KD2017.jpg

Close by events:

European bike week - FAAKER SEE

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ROUTE OVERVIEW

The Slovenian TET will take you through some beautiful regions of Slovenia. You will be surrounded by mountains on the northern part of the route. The emerald coloured river Soca will greet you at the beginning of the trail, so take time for a stop if there is an opportunity. You can camp at one of the many beautiful official campsites by the river.

Later on forests and hills welcome you on white gravel roads winding towards the south. Stop and soak in the great views as they open up.

Slovenia is country with a lot of asphalted roads that already reach a lot of the small remote villages so having a decent piece of continuous unsurfaced trail is a blessing. The Slovenian TET section is more than 80% unpaved. It is a gift to ride so try to make the most of it - pause to rest in a random small village, visit the restaurant there and order some local food and wine.

The TET through Slovenia is not too difficult and could also be ridden with bigger adventure bikes. In the end it's all about the skills of the rider. Packing and travelling light is advised. Most surfaces on TET through Slovenia are gravel. Some sections are soil, which can be a bit muddy in the case of rain. Very short parts of the trail are steep and/or rocky.

Bear in mind this is an off road trail. If you want to see some of the well known tourist areas, you'll need to take asphalted road to reach them. This trail is more for exploring the back country, old villages and finding secret small ponds or forgotten waterfalls in the forest.


WHAT NOT TO MISS

Do not miss swimming in the beautiful and clear emerald river Soca.

If you have some spare time go and visit the First World War museum in Kobarid. You will be astonished by the huge battles that took place in this region. Take a rest in a random small village, try some local food and wine in one of those restaurants called ""GOSTILNA"". Slovenian food and wine is top quality and not too expensive.

Slovenia is the land of castles so try to find time to see one. Your best option and almost on the route is Predjama Castle near Postojna. Also don't miss a visit to Postojna Caves - perhaps the best caves you will ever see.

You will need two days to ride the suggested trail. Try to take an extra day and spend an hour by the river Soca or getting lost in a remote village and making converstion with the locals. Take time for visiting castles and caves. This way you'll get much more from Slovenia and it will make your experience special.