Gorge and its hill
You'll begin in Šentjakob and proceed towards west, more precisely, towards Črnuče. The settlement behind the Belinka factory is called Soteska, and rising above, it's the Soteški hrib Hill. That the hill is named after the Soteska settlement is clear, but what is Soteska (gorge) named after, when there are mere vast fields around it? You may take some guesses as you drive to Nadgorica along the main road, where you leave the road and move to a parallel multipurpose path which will be just right to continue on. Just before you reach the traffic lights crossing at the beginning of Črnuče, turn right onto a cycle lane and drive onto a local road around petrol station. Continue towards Trzin, first along the main road, then along a railway , and stop at the traffic lights . Cross the main road and immediately turn right onto a cycle lane until you end up in ponds (mlake) . Not to worry, these aren't ponds (mlake) but Mlake (Ponds) beginning with a capital letter, one of three parts of Trzin where wetland was located until not long ago. Now, this is a vast quite luxurious residential area which forms a new part of Trzin together with the trade and industrial area. The third part of the town is the old Trzin .
Mengeš is 850+ years old
In Trzin, you more or less drive along side and narrow roads running along the main busy road. You meander around the bank and self-service shop in Mlake but you can't get lost, so you eventually find yourself under the Ongar Hill at the Trzin church . There turn right and then left into the village where you may drive towards the main road and stop at Narobe Inn. If you aren't hungry yet, continue your way through the village straight along the Trzin road to the settlement of Loka. Near the end of the village, there's a turn to Dobeno , but continue driving along Gasilska Road towards Mengeš . In Mengeš, just before a traffic lights crossing, go around the church on the right side and turn left onto a sandy path (at house no. 2). Across the bridge , along the tree-lined alley , past the school and you get to the crossing with the road leading towards Mengeška koča on Gobavica .
On the other side of the crossing, there's a castle called Lower or New Mengeš Castle (also Stare Castle) . At the crossroads, turn right and then you reach the main road. Cross it at the traffic light crossing. Turn left and drive until the next traffic lights, and turn left once more towards Brnik. Soon after the traffic lights, where you've turned towards Brnik, you'll see a castle on the left called the Upper Mengeš or Ravbar Castle (also Haller's court) with a beautiful stone entrance and Baroque façade .
Picturesque route towards Vodice
At the end of Mengeš (trade area), turn left and then cross the bridge over Pšata Stream in the direction of Šinkov Turn and Vodice. If you remained on the main road before crossing the bridge, you would get straight to Moste through the villages of Topole and Suhadole, but since you've crossed the bridge, you'll reach Moste through Vodice.
At first, the path leads you through a beautiful forest whose freshness makes this summer trip even lovelier . Drive past several clearings and through more forest, and when you reach the Koseze sign, turn left at the crossroads towards Šinkov Turn . Make a slight ascent to the Church of the Mother of God in the centre of the village and then descent into the village of Selo. Near the church, drive past the modest remains of the Šinkov Turn Castle, which was built in 1250, later rebuilt several times, burnt down during World War II and, at the end, demolished. Only the wall and pavilion in the corner still remind us of it .
At the end of Selo, turn perpendicularly left. The view spreads across the fields all the way to Šmarna gora on the left and soon to the Alps on the right. You soon reach the crossing in front of the NOB (national liberation struggle) monument , where you turn right onto the road leading to the village of Polje. The remnants of the rural architecture of the mighty large estates show that it was once more important and developed than it is obvious nowadays. In the centre of the village, a deteriorating building with a faint inscription Gasthaus , which indicates previous significance of this place, catches your eye. Drive through the village straight to Vodice . You've left Utik on your right, but you may visit it another time, on another route, as there are plenty of them around here.
Vodice for the whole day
You're about halfway through this route. You arrive in Vodice from the south side. Turn right at the traffic lights. As a substantial part of the route is already behind you, you may stop for a snack at Kopitarjev hram. There's a large terrace available for cyclists and other guests, and there's even a cycling snack on the menu. Just before you reach the main road Mengeš–Brnik, you'll drive through the village of Žeje . At the traffic lights, cross the main road and drive straight on in the direction of Križ. A bit further on, you reach the cycle lane in Moste . Go straight on past the village of Križ, where you may observe a castle wall and two defence towers, but not the castle, which was, unfortunately, demolished after the war . You could turn left here and visit Komenda, its two mighty lindens and an oak or an equestrian event, as Komenda has been famous for horses ever since the Valvasor times . However, if you plan to visit Komenda another time, simply proceed to the roundabout and turn right (straight on is Podgorje and Kamnik after it), cross the railway track, at the crossroads turn left towards Kamnik, at the roundabout go straight on, then turn right past the Volčji Potok Arboretum and then you reach Radomlje .
Along the River Kamniška Bistrica back home
From Šmarca to Dragomelj, you enjoy the company of Kamniška Bistrica . But it isn't very close and not on the same side all the time. In Radomlje, where you cross the river, there's something interesting for everyone, if nothing else, there are numerous well-known, renowned and heavily visited inns, which compete against each other which will offer more and better. You could set off to Šporn Inn, which is over a hundred years old. But if you want to press forward, cross the bridge and drive towards Mengeš and ... you are in Preserje . At the first traffic lights, turn left , and drive through Jarše (Zgornje, Srednje and Spodnje), Rodica, Domžale and Dragomelj . Before reaching Rodica, you may stop in Groblje and see one of the most prominent monuments of Baroque art in Slovenia: the Church of St. Mohor and Fortunat . A few more pedal turns, a wave goodbye to Podgorica and you get off the bike in Šentjakob.
That's it for today. It wasn't that short after all. Your meter should be showing two fours, and four symbolises realisation of ideas. You've done something for yourself.