Pedalling to Kosmaj I - Markovacko Jezero

svemirac @svemiracJune 2019 · 4 min read
A short break from all the astronomy photos, this post is something I wanted to write about for quite a long time but somehow I always moved away from it, for lots of different reasons.

Quick preview of the adventure...

Negotiating with the train driver to wait for my partner in crime for a few minutes, because the other train was late. Driving 1.5hrs to Mladenovac, missing the road, finding the right one, going off the route to checkout Markovačko lake, trying an alternative route, realizing we are fucked up, going downhill and through corn crops, getting back to the main road, trying out the hunter's road - having a massive puncture - fixing, resting - finally reaching the top of the mountain. Going downhill on the main road in total darkness. Almost missing the train(again) - back home.

Here is the map of our adventure - red line is the thing described in this part and the next one(s) in purple. :)

Fast-forwarding the train trip... we are in Mladenovac, it is still early morning, coffee is the priority, and fine-tuning our adventure plan. At this moment we decided to visit the Markovačko jezero (lake) and after a short break continued our journey to the peak of the mountain.

However... not everything goes as planned.
5 minutes riding on absolutely beautiful road... a bit deserted, but new and beautiful...

НАСТАВАК means TO BE CONTINUED.. 20... when governement decides so or we have another round of elections, no one knows. Turn around, find that catchy crossroad and chose a different road.

The one thing I hate about open roads and bikes in Serbia... most of the truck drivers are acting like a mad Max, and driving accordingly.
After some time, we got to the lake, not the beautiful gem, but just a simple lake, and growing up near the river, to me water is always beautiful as long as it is clear, fountain, pond, lake, river, sea, ocean everything. :)

And here you could see that passage of time and life in nature.

And local people and their lives around the like, in nature... well not everyone. While one part of them decided to fish and enjoy nature - the other part is well, more harmful just for a few dollars more (time for a song). The guy was arguing with me cause I was pointing the camera at him but... he was busy doing his work, and I really don't like his facemask - anyways, it is nothing strange and we can see this behaviour in any sphere of our lives, steem is not excluded, especially the poisoning and profit part.

We left the humans behind and started enjoying our solitude, breeze, sun, and tranquility of the water.

It's time to move on, the real adventure is still waiting ahead, but before - lets take one last look.

And while walking back towards the bikes, I spotted these odd mushrooms. I have never seen them before, and I really know a thing or two about mushrooms, but this one is just crazy - google and few forums didn't help either. If you know what it is please enlighten me.

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I love backroad adventures. I really do. My bike always has a motor, though.

I've come to the end of the road a number of times. And once in a magical while the unplanned re route is remarkable.

The farmer is just doing what he does to make a living. I grew up on a farm and the reasons I didn't stay with it revolves around sustainability and propriety for humans. Long as there are 6 (or 7) billion humans on this planet chemical farming is a fact of life.

Thanks for a wonderful post. Looking forward to the rest of the story.


I wanted to write about for quite a long time but somehow I always moved away from it, for lots of different reasons.

Reading the post, I think you still wanted to move away from it, but you did it anyway. Looks more like an abstract than the full story. (but plenty of nice shots)

most of the truck drivers are acting like a mad Max, and driving accordingly.

Have you been in Iran? I don't know if it's worse here or not, but the comparison would be interesting.


Haha! That's the feedback I wanted! :)
Basically the road to the lake was pretty flat, I thought about using gopro for this adventure - but nothing interesting was there, so just decided to go with interesting shots (there are some more) but I'm trying my best to keep posts concise and tidy, and not make a photodump and lots of words that no one reads. :D

Tho I sometimes go with that option too - but then there is no interaction with anyone on these posts. :)
The next one will be more interesting for sure, with less photos :D

Haven't been yet, currently stationed in Australia - maybe one day I'll be on my way to Iran :)


Si nekad palio palačke protiv komaraca? :D


hahaha iskreno da ti kažem, nisam nikad ni čuo za taj izraz. :) Obožavam ovo kad napišeš neku reč koju prvi put čujem u životu. :D


E moj Velibore, da ne znaš šta su palačke. :D To ti je ovo na tvojoj fotki gde šetaš onim putićem, to što je okolo tebe. :D


great day and very nice photography @svemirac


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