Day 7 ... Zagreb to Titov Veles (Yugoslavia)

Trip Start Apr 22, 1972
Trip End Ongoing

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Continued driving through the night
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The funny side of "svetlows"

Flag of Macedonia  , Veles,
Friday, April 28, 1972

We left Zagreb shortly after midnight and just kept on going till we reached Belgrade. We now had an extra companion in the van. It was the van's front bumper that had been shaken loose and finally fallen off on the uneven road surface near Slavinski Brod. (what a great name for a town).

We stopped for breakfast (boring bread and jam) at a some roadside hotel. It is not clear why we needed to stop at a hotel when we were carrying all our own food. Maybe we were saving the food for more remote locations.

By late morning we had arrived in Belgrade, the capitol of the then Yugoslavia. Belgrade is a beautiful city on the Danube but we only stopped for an hour or so - and slept most of this anyway.

Our log says that we then traveled south along the Yugoslavian equivalent of the German autobahn which is called "autophut". I think this may be a joke but I am not sure. Anyway, it was pretty rough.

About 30 miles south of Belgrade we pulled into a restaurant for lunch. This was a bowl of bean soup. It seems that that was all they had.... and it was quite disgusting.

By late afternoon we had reached the city of Nis (population 90,000). It turned out to be a dirty and unfriendly place. We wanted to find a bank but no one would help us. Eventually we found a bank ourselves but it was closed. Roll on Greece.

We continued to travel south before stopping for a bite to eat at 10 p.m. The log does not say where though. Jackie and Gwynn decided to forgo the meal and chose to have a sleep in the van instead.

Graham, Phillip (Chis) and myself had some fried sausage and beer. At last we have found something good about Yugoslavia - the beer. Some of it had an alcoholic content of 13%.

Not long after leaving the 'restaurant' we were pulled over by a police car with two officers. They tried to explain to us the problem with the car but we were all totally confused. Eventually we found out that it was something called "svetlows" and this turned out to mean rear lights. Apparently we no longer had any that worked.

We were "ordered" to stay off the road until daylight but as soon as they had left we set off again. If any car approached us from behind, we shone the torch light out of the rear window to warn them.

Sleeping in rotation, we arrived in Titov Veles about midnight and stopped for a short break.

Total miles ... 1757 (2827 km)
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