People say if you work hard for something it will happen. But what if I'm only dreaming of it? Does thinking qualify as planning? Am I working the idea without actually working?
I've been using Instagram for the past two or three years to express myself and to show others what I've been up to, either to impress them or to make them envy me. My profile isn't just 3-collored (white, green, gold) collection of photos but it also tells the story of my adventures. Practically I've been doing a photoblog because aside of the popular saying "picture tells more than 1000 words" I do believe that behind every photo is a story that needs to be told. And as my adventures got richer and richer I found a need, to be telling those who weren't with me what they were missing, bigger and bigger, I finally decided to give blog a try.
Always looking forward
On the border between Slovenia and Austria is a a mountain range of the Southern Limestone Alps called Karavanke (Karawanken). With a total length of 120 kilometres in an east-west direction, the Karavanke chain is one of the longest ranges in Europe. In the middle between mountain passes Ljubelj (Loiblpass) and Jezersko (Seebergsattel) lies Košuta range. While steep and rocky on the north side, the Slovenian side is sunny and grassy with lots of man made trails, that have been used for smuggling in the past. The combination of high alpine trails with views to fill your soul had me thinking of it since the day I first saw photos of this area.
The only way up
And we went! What was at first only an idea in my head soon became something larger. At dawn of the trip day there was seven of us standing in the parking lot just planning the final details of the day. Just an hour and a half drive later we started pedaling up from an old town of Tržič, which was once world-famous for its shoe factory. Soon the roads ended and the only way up was by pushing or carrying the bike. Four hours later there were only three of us left who stood on 2088 v.m. high goal.
And from there on ...
... was a one way track down.
Guys looking comfty on the big mountain terrain. The peak on far left side was our goal.
Doesn't it feel good when you accomplish something you've been dreaming for a long time. To overcome all the obstacles, fears, doubts, step outside your comfort zone and come out winning. I sure know I have to do that more often. As I'm sitting in my bed writing this, I'm already planning my next challenge. You should do that too. It doesn't have to be riding from the highest peak or jumping the biggest jump, it can be something small like writing your first blog.
Off I go to the next adventureWords: Matej Kodrin
Photos: Matej Kodrin, Miloš Slatinšek