Balkans Burn, Part III of III: Samarina to Dambul Morii, Romania

On August 5th, 2008 Pera Baity and I set out to explore the Balkans. We were riding antique Russian motorcycles; mine is a 50's vintage M72 and Pera's on an 1960's Ural M61. The journey would take us over three thousand kilometers through five countries.

This is the third and final segment: we ride north to Albania and follow the Vjosë river to Përmet. From there we travel northeast, stopping to visit the Kamenicë Tumulus before a rough road in Korçë and Lake Ohrid at the border of Albania and Macedonia (FYROM).
In Macedonia we spend the night in Struga, then visit Kruševo, site of the 1903 Ilinden Uprising. From there we continue east across Macedonia and Bulgaria visiting Prilep, Peshtera and Chirpan before crossing the Stara Planina mountains and joining a huge bike rally in Veliko Turnovo.

After a brief return home, I meet back up with Pera in Bucharest and we ride to the Communist Sidecar rally in Dambul Morii, Transylvania region.

You can visit these links for Part I and Part II.

Click here for the text and photos from the trip.

hey folks, if you like it share it- I've been working on this project for 3 years and we don't have any kind of budget for a real screening. My only chance at an audience comes from you :)


  1. Charlie: great ending to the trilogy. Sorry to hear about the accident but I'm sure that will quickly pass. The editing on the video got better and better over time - nice work overall. You definitely accomplished your goal of producing an interesting record - BBC be damned.

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Thanks Charlie, I enjoyed them all; 3, 1, 2. My computer ran fine and I was able to watch all 3 without any unwanted pauses. I don't know anything about editing so I just enjoyed them without analyzing them. Thanks again. Chris D. (Chang driver) in sunny Queensland.

  3. Great flick man!..enjoyed watching all three parts.

  4. Man, I loved the videos. Seriously! Great trip, great video, great narration and a great inspiration.

  5. Great trip and well recorded. It was also educational and gave mne a chance to see country I would not otherwise see. It reminded me of trips a friend and I took back in the 1960's. We would pack some clothes, tool, oil, and a small tent and take off to nowhere. Those were great times for both of us. Thanks again!


    Minnesota, USA