Miravtsi ~ Demir Kapija
23km (total 26km except 3km tunnel)
1. A cover photo showing today’s fantastic riverside road
2. Today I am going to walk 26km along the river from the village of Miravtsi shown below in the picture.
Among the three roads that go up to the northwest region, the left-hand road is the highway and the right two riverside roads. Google suggests 26km in the middle one, but I chose the far right-hand road that seems warmer than the other road.
3. After dropping me off at Miravtsi, the taxi carried my luggage to the hotel to stay today; the fare was 1,200 denars (about 24,000 won) for 50 km distance.
I depart the village at 8:30 a.m.
4. Surrounded by rounded low mountains, it is like a country village in Korea.
5. In this town, the roofs of buildings are covered with solar panels.
7. A full-grown cabbage.
9. I waved back to the farmers.
10. At the top of the mountain, you can see the Orthodox Cathedral.
11. A driver passing stops in curiosity. Taking a selfie with him.
12. There is a passenger train which is missed in Google information. I need to check the information at a train station somewhere.
13. It is the Bardar River. I am walking along the river all day long. It originates in North Macedonia and flows through Greece into the Aegean Sea.
14. Udovo Village viewed on the Bridge.
15. A cloud runs on the hillside of the mountain.
17. I am going into the village road.
18. I met a nice road. There were many things happened until I met this road. The villagers suggested me to go on a car road. I took this path after reviewing the map.
21. A fantastic riverside forest road.
22. The mist over the river is almost dreamy.
23. I walked for about an hour, and I met a farmer driving a tractor to take care of the fruit fields on the riverside.
He was glad to see me, too. He took me and asked me a lot of questions.
24. He is the only man I met during the walking this road about 7km.
26. Found an empty house. Even an empty house looks nice.
27. Find a sunny spot and take a break.
28. Walk again after a brief break time.
29. I’m sorry to have to take this road alone. It’s one of the most fantastic pilgrimages I’ve ever had.
31. Finally it’s near the end of this road.
32. I have to go up the slope to the car road. Fortunately, I find a trail.
33. The car road is also excellent in scenery.
34. The view is better on the road. There is today’s destination where the cloud passes in far distance.
35. When I met the teahouse on the map, I hoped to eat lunch, but the door is closed.
36. I look down at the view and eat lunch alone. The menu is the same as yesterday’s lunch. Bread, jam, and yogurt.
37. A fantastic riverside view.
38. The wind is still strong. Another wind valley. Not a canyon, a wide valley.
39. Two rivers are summing up.
40. Mountains and clouds.
41. I walk like this way all afternoon.
42. The view of the rocky mountain to the north is also formidable.
43. I ride a tourist train (walking myself) of 4km / h and do not know how much time goes.
44. I’m meeting the highway.
45. Now it came into the clouds I saw in the distance.
46. It’s like Han Gye-ryeong in Sul-ak mountain in Korea.
47. This is Climax. I have to walk through the tunnel three to four kilometers ahead of today’s destination. It’s over two kilometers long, narrow enough to have no walking space.
Fortunately, I can get on a slow-moving microbus at the tunnel entrance.
48. Even though it was not a commercial bus, the driver gave a goodwill to the walking traveler.
Everyone on the bus is lady. Knowing me a traveler from a distant place called South Korea, they cheer up.
49. The bus lights are cobalt. This is the first time taking a selfie in this color.
50. Again I walked to the destination hotel. Near the hotel I met young men who had stopped their car and approached a strange traveler. They heard my walking pilgrimage story and thumbed up to me.
It was one of best days.