Just a short 80km hop and I`m in Slovenia`s border town Nova Gorcia located on the banks of the Nova. A farily non-descript town but pleasant enough. I`m shacked up in the hotel ajoining a large casino. Fairly cheap and quite plush inside. Certainly the best hotel I`ve stayed in so far.
Nova means new and is as a result of the original town (Gorizia) and much of western Slovenia being stolen by the Italians following the end of the First World War. When the Italians were defeated in the Second World War the allied forces stopped on the western side of the Soca River. The Yugoslav forces halted on the Eastern Side. Under the Paris treaty of 1957 Gorizia was awarded to the Italians. The Slavs had to create a new town which they obviously named New Gorica.
Today`s ride was ok. Managed to avoid the main rodes for most of it and it`s been easy pleasant cycling. I`m looking forward to tomorrow but as yet have a map of the country (it was meant to be posted out to me but got lost) so don`t know where I`m going. First stop tomorrow will be the information center which doesn`t stay open till 8pm as the Lonely Planet guide says.
Can`t download my photos here so they`ll have to wait.