The road between Saranda and Vlora is the Llogara Pass, or road of flowers. While most of the flowers were not in bloom, the road still offered a fantastic views.

Llogara climbs from sea-level to 6,500 feet back to sea-level is less than 80 miles and takes about five hours to run. Throughout this drive, I wanted to strike up a conversation with Geni, but I also wanted him to put all of his concentration on driving.

The road required it. In its best sections, it was a mixture of heavily potholed concrete filled in with gravel. In its worse, it was dirt mixed with gravel and peppered with fallen boulders. For its driving challenges, it rewards you with raw beauty.

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