On the ski hills, on the bike trails, and thru life in general

Cycling Slovenia – Oct 19

Cold and raining heavily in the morning so we decided to forgo riding for today. Gwen and Chris tried to text Paul with our decision but got no response so I emailed him. We wanted to get a hold of him before he left home at 8:30 to make sure that he had the trailer. Thankfully, or we would have had to ride in the deluge, he got the email in time. He picked us, and the bikes, up at the hotel at 10 and drove us to the Hlebec tourist farm, a winery and guest house in the Jeruzalem area, near the village of Kog. Upon arriving, the owner served us all a complimentary glass of his winery cognac. We are the only guests staying here so we were all given our own rooms. Nice place! And we are here for 2 days🙂

The lobby of the Hlebec farm. It is an artist colony for a period of the year and the walls and yard are full of paintings and sculptures.

The lobby of the Hlebec tourist farm. It is an artist colony for a period of the year and the walls and yard are full of paintings and sculptures.

The dining room at Hlebec. Very cozy.

The dining room at Hlebec. Very cozy.

The common room, where we did a lot of card playing. The internet only worked here and not in our rooms, so someone was always out here getting outside communication.

The common room, where we did a lot of card playing. The internet only worked here and not in our rooms, so someone was always here getting outside communication.

My bedroom, unshared for a change. Nice view of the vineyards when the rain lifts.

My bedroom, unshared for a change. Nice view of the vineyards when the rain lifts.

We were supposed to ride into Hungary today, leaving from Lendava, but where we are now that route is now out of the question tomorrow. So today is an R&R day, catching up on reading and washing a few clothes (that won’t dry in this weather).

Even though it was still raining in the afternoon, Lucille and Chris went out for runs and Al and JoAnn for walks. Lucille had a bit more of an adventure than the rest, after somehow ending up over the Croatian border without her passport and unsure about retracing her steps. She managed to make her way back, with help from a priest who picked her up and directed her which way she should run to get back to Slovenia and avoid a manned border crossing. She ended up running 35 kms and got back just as we were about to send out a search party:/ She is training for the Athens marathon in a few weeks and damn near ran the distance in the rain and cold and lost! Oh yeah – she claims that you are never lost if you know where you want to go. However, that only works if you first know where you are.

Supper was great, with many tasty courses and lots of wine. This winery is where we really discovered how good the Slovenian white wine is. We started with 1 litre of so-so red then tried a litre of Riesling. Then a second litre. Then a litre of chardonnay. Then another litre of chardonnay while we played cards after supper. I’m not usually a white wine drinker but those wines could make me a convert! It was a fun night.

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