Start in Šentjakob
Drive to Šentjakob to the Belinka factory. If you arrive by car with the bike in the trunk, it is best to unload the bike and change your mode of transport at one of the car parks located at the nearby restaurants or at the cemetery or right there in front of the Belinka factory ; there are several options. Once on your bike, head west towards Črnuče. While driving on the main road you will come to the foot of the hill, where by a small hayrack turn right and back to Soteška path. Past the chapel and the wine cellar you will reach Podgorica behind the Belinka factory. The road through the village is winding and care should be taken here as at any moment a confused chicken or even something larger could come running from one of the farm courtyards at the side of the road. You could stop for lunch at Brinovc Inn in Podgorica but you have only started your journey, so at the junction with Kraljeva Street take a left on Ocvirkova Street, and continue to the house number 66 where you take a sharp turn right. Continue to the Šentjakob – Domžale regional road and carefully cross it at the pedestrian crossing, then turn left and after about 100 meters, immediately after the bus station, take a right onto a wide macadam road. The macadam section is very short and not far ahead is the overpass of the motorway, where the road is asphalted again. From the overpass, you can clearly see Podgorica nuclear reactor with a typical reactor building, aluminium façade and a slim cylinder water tower. But don't worry, the facility has been operating safely for over 40 years.
Past the reactor to Pšata and Bišče
Along the open landscape continue towards Pšata , leaving the reactor on your right. In the middle of the village of Pšata, you will find on the left the famous Janežič Inn . Pass the inn along the main road – distances are not long – over a rocky bridge with a chapel. Right after the bridge, there is (finally!) a signpost for Bišče. A sharp right turn, as you casually press along. In Bišče, the story with signposts repeats. There is a small roundabout at the beginning of the village, which you cross (don't turn left or right) and continue the journey towards the Kamniška Bistrica River . When you cross the bridge over the Kamniška Bistrica you've already arrived in the next village, Selo pri Ihanu. Don't go towards the centre of the village but take the main road and turn right towards Videm, i.e. towards the road connecting Ljubljana and Litija. Oh, what a relief! In comparison to the one before, this is real road luxury.
Dol and Videm (and of course Kleče)
When you arrive - hopefully safely, in the vicinity of the main road, take a left towards Zaboršt approximately 200 metres before actually arriving to the main road. This is immediately after a secluded building on the left, so you are almost driving on its property. The lane which you turn onto is asphalted, but very poor and narrow and is hardly appropriate for a cycling route. It is also used by cars and tractors and... Carefully into the top gear.
When the road descends and you see the belfry in front to the right (this is the Church of St. Margaret in Dol) and to the left the Church of St. Catherine , you must turn south at the chapel and cross the aforementioned main road Ljubljana - Litija (underpass). You will find yourself in Dol, on the main square in front of the Church of St. Margaret , whose church tower you saw earlier. Turn right at the first junction and then head towards the promising finish line in one of the local inns in high gear. Does anyone object this proposal?
But slowly! You could take a moment first and look around Dol and its surroundings. It would be fitting for a first visit, wouldn't it? On the main square, you cannot overlook the Church of St. Margaret, which was first mentioned in 1427. The iron church bell , exhibited on the green plot in front of a neatly renovated library opposite the church, is also interesting. To the east, not far from the church are remains of a manor and a park , , , which in its best days was known as the Slovenian Versailles. The castle and the park are unfortunately decaying. Only two pavilions and the roof of the castle have been renovated. If you go south for another kilometre or so, you will arrive to a picturesque confluence of the Sava, Ljubljanica and Kamniška Bistrica rivers.
But to be clear: west of Dol is Videm and Kleče is east. In everyday use, the three villages are referred to as Dol pri Ljubljani, however, the locals strictly differentiate between them.
The famous JUB Dol factory must also be mentioned, which has been in operation at this location since 1875. At the JUB factory, do not turn right onto the priority road leading to the main road Ljubljana-Litija, but left towards the primary school and Jurij Vega library on the non-priority road.
Magnificent end to the journey
The final stage of the trip begins from here on, which runs along a cyclist friendly road. You will meet all types of cyclists. Coming towards you is a lady with a straw basket on her way to a shop, some kids fly by on their way to... well, somewhere, recreational cyclists piling up kilometres and a sports enthusiast warming up for his daily exercise and a family which decided to go for a short bike trip before having Sunday lunch at one of the inns along the way. A stone's throw away from Videm, cross the Kamniška Bistrica and you will arrive in Beričevo, where you drive past the birthplace of the composer Jurij Fleischmann . After Beričevo is Brinje and here - as in all the villages along the way - that pleasant smell of roast reaches your nose and also the smell of what is yet to become a roast. The village ends and the view opens up. You will again see the nuclear reactor. Turn right, cross the motorway and somewhat further on carefully cross the main road and cycle through Šentjakob (go straight as far as possible, then right and before the end of the village, next to Pečnikar Inn, left again) past the cemetery to the starting point.
It is actually quite sad that the journey has come to an end, which is why you are already thinking about the next trip – at the dining table.