Ocizla, Slovenia – Trieste!
Approximate Distance: 20kms
And so our last day together walking the peace walk is here.
I think I could safely say we are all a little sad as we head off knowing this is our last walk together, but also very proud and grateful of what we have all achieved.
No mad dash just a nice leisurely stroll through the country, passing cute farm animals and walking down through some very steep forest, until we arrived at the Slovenian and Italian border!!! For me that moment left me feeing very emotional, that we had come all this way, through countries that had been under communist rule. For the life of me I will never understand or like that we create borders keeping people like slaves. We are all human and when we do this we seperate ourselves from the whole of the human race. Why we can’t all live in peace and love each other confuses and saddens me. Yes I know there are a thousand reasons why, but not one of them makes sense to me, because it is really so simple, just except each other!!!!! So I gave my walkers a warm hug and on I walked.
Not long after we got very excited as we saw the ocean for the first time. We even had a few goats greet us as we were walking (it was a day full of animals today).
“At this point begins gravel path along the old route of the railway lines to Trieste, the so-called line or Hrpelje Hrpeljska – Kozina – Trieste. The track was built in 1887, but it was abolished in 1959. The railway in the past represented a link between Trieste and Pula. Due to the extremely high inclination (32.7 ‰) vertical drop of about 490 m and length of about 19 km, the railway was in extreme weather conditions almost useless.
Railway had 13 bridges and 5 tunnels, the longest of which is 224 m long tunnel Ricmanje. Today, the former railway line was converted into an excellent bike and walking path”.
We got to follow this all the way into Trieste for about 9 kilometres.
Half way we decided to follow Elly again and go 200 metres downhill to find somewhere for coffee as I think we weren’t in a hurry to finish this amazing adventure we had shared. Found a beautiful spot where we shared our last morning and first Italian coffee on the road together. Then off back uphill to return to our path. About an hr later we finally arrived in Trieste.
What can I say that I haven’t already said, this defiantly was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Thank you EPW!!!!!!!!! The end (for now)!!!!!!!!!