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Peninsula Wilderness Club Presentation Cycling Slovenia

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The Peninsula Wilderness Club or PWC, is an outdoors club located in Bremerton, WA for people interested in hiking, backpacking, biking, kayaking and exploring in and around the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.

March 11th Presentation
Cycling Slovenia
With Peninsula Wilderness Club Member
Tom Leurquin

A month away from home on two continents and four countries and doing it solo will always present opportunities, excitement, and trials and tribulations. Ten days on the road traveling across a “new” country, such as Slovenia, certainly was no exception. This was a fabulous trip in a spectacularly beautiful country and the effort to get there, using 6 modes of transportation, was very much worthwhile.

Slovenia is a new country, being created from the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1993. While a modern country, Slovenia has not yet lost its roots due to western influence, which was a basic reason for wanting to visit. I also wanted to see the country in one of the most basic ways possible: by bicycle. The narrow, windy roads of Europe and pastoral settings on usually almost carless roads made for a memorable trip. Biking on roads ranging from urban centers to trails added to the range of experience and broadened out the perspective on what Slovenia was. The range of experience with the people was equally broad. Beautiful mountains, streams, valleys, unique architecture, and a culture influenced by many surrounding countries made for an interesting compendium of experience. Then there’s the numerous castles: the battles, the hardships, and the folklore of medieval living was quite prevalent throughout my journey. Religion, of course, also had an influence on the culture ranging from large cathedrals to chapels far smaller than a typical home.

Above images courtesy Tom Leurquin