From Vinko in Italy I crossed into Slovenia near Neblo, and continued on the rolling climb through Dobrovo, Drnovk and Smartno to Gonjace. Here take the left turn marked Plave and begin climbing. After awhile you reach a right turn with a small pyramid, and tourist info sign: this is the road to Sabotin. The pavement is good and the gradients weren't too bad. Garmin says I hit 15% but it must not have been for long. It's a really nice climb.
At end of pavement is a museum and many restored fortifications, part of Pot Miru peace parks along the border. I checked out the trenches and tunnels the soldiers drilled and blasted into the rock for protection. I'd like to go back and lock up the bike so I can explore more. The ride down was a blast, with perfect clear weather today and great views of the surrounding countryside. Go check it out if you get a chance.
|Pyramid Memorial to WW I soldiers|
|Looking southwest toward the coastal plain|
|The view west of beautiful Slovenian hill towns|
|To the north, Sabotin's escarpment |
ends in rock cliffs above the Soca
|The entryway into one of the many tunnels the |
Austro Hungarians blasted out of solid rock
|A larger tunnel|
|Sveta Gora across the Soca|
|The sheer-sided gorge of the Soca|
|A stone trench|
|Entry from trench into tunnels|
|View of church/castle in rolling Goriska Brda countryside|