Daily Miles: 5
Total Miles: 180
We decided to take an alternate trail to get down to the valley this morning. We wanted a more direct trail to the valley so that we would have time to figure out transportation to Lake Bled. Several days of relaxation were in front of us and we were ready for it.
The trail we took down was actually quite nice. The descent was gradual and it was very pretty walking through the forest. We saw a few people, but mostly it was very quiet.
We made it down to the paved road in a small mountain village that we decided would be an ideal place to live. The village was quaint and very quiet, with nice views all around. In the village, we checked the posted bus schedule and realized the next bus coming through was in four hours, so we decided to try hitching.
There were few cars on the road, but luckily the first car pulled over and picked us up. The gentleman who picked us up was very nice and we managed to communicate at a basic level in English. He brought us straight to the bus/train station and we were able to get a train to Lake Bled which left in just an hour. The ride was only 20 minutes and cost us only 1.30 euros each!
Our experience on the train was our first exposure to real tourism in Slovenia. While we’ve met other foreigners on the trail, there are never hoards of tourists. However, the crowds of people getting on the train were a bit overwhelming. Lake Bled is probably Slovenia’s most popular tourist destination, so we had expected it to be busy. We’ll definitely encounter a whole month’s worth of tourists in just the few days we’ll be at the lake.
We are looking forward to having a few days of rest. Our knees, feet, ankles and hips are ready for a few days away from the trail.