Hitting the road from Medvode
The starting point of the route is the car park in front of the library and the town hall of Medvode. Sit on the bike and drive past the shopping centre and just after it (and before the underpass below Gorenjska Road) turn right to Pirniče. Cycle past the Donit factory and the famous chimney with its red and white stripes like a lighthouse, which will show you where Medvode is even from a great distance. The path leads past Medvode Hydroelectric Power Plant , runs across the Sava Bridge and after a short slope you will ascend to the upper Sava terrace where villages of Verje, Zgornje and Spodnje Pirniče are located at the edge of the terrace in the direction of Šmarna gora Hill. On the road which has a few speed bumps, you will first get to Zgornje Pirniče, past the Church of St. Thomas , , and then stick to the right at Mihovec Inn , where you will turn off the main road straight between the houses to the narrow road that turns down the slope towards the fields. Turn right at the end of the road at the crossroads and then immediately to the left to the macadam road that runs across the fields below the slope. After about one hundred metres turn right at the houses across the fields towards the Sava River.
Is the spring at Straža warm or cold?
Follow the field path which turns left before the bushes. You'll soon arrive to the forest where the spring of the Straža River , and a natural river bathing area are located. The water which flows from the pipe at the spring, is probably drinkable, because the locals pour it in bottles for home use. Is the water at the hot spring really warm? It depends on the season of the year and one's own evaluation. The water coming to the surface has approximately 19 degrees Celsius. A spring like this could be technically called hypothermal, somewhat lukewarm, as the water will appear cold in the summer and warm in the winter.
Continue from the bathing area along the winding cart track among fields towards Vikrče where you approach the Sava River which foams over the rapids. A few decades ago, a dam was built between Medno and Vikrče on the Sava River so that the water ran the old mill. There is no mill today, and only the rapids remained from the dam.
A wooden (almost fairytale-like) bridge
The asphalt road runs through the village where you turn right at the first crossroads, and then the road turns left. When there is a space between houses on the right towards the Sava, a branching to the right appears, towards a wooden suspension bridge that will take you over the Sava River to Medno.
As you cycle over the bridge ,, you get a feeling of going back some centuries when the wood was still the main construction material. Be careful, though, as the bridge is narrow and you cannot safely avoid other people if you are on a bike. It is best to step off the bike while on the bridge and observe how that interesting bridge was constructed.
Go uphill on the other side of the bridge and then left to the asphalt road parallel with the Sava River. Drive past the settlement where the road becomes macadam again and winds through the fields ,. After a kilometre of cycling, you'll arrive to the roadside forest where you turn right at the crossroads, then continue up the slope and through the underpass under the railroad and road.
From the wooden bridge onward, you could count plains and terraces which the Sava River created throughout millennia of flooding, depositing and bed changing. The lowest terrace is just next to the Sava River and the houses are on the other side of the settlement which you have just passed. You reach the third terrace through both underpasses at the gravel cave below Stanežiče . The asphalt road is there and you turn left up the slope to the fourth terrace where a village is located.
Turn right at the crossroads above the slope to the narrow asphalt road that leads through the village towards the hill. The road has some speed bumps, however, you'll see the beautifully renovated Baroque Church of St. Jacob on the left.
Over the hill to Brdo
The road leads to the fire station where you turn right , and after some tens of metres turn left at the crossroads and up the slope. When you reach the forest, the asphalt road becomes a cart track where you start ascending up the slope. If you have company, make a game out of it and compete who will be the first one to reach the top without stepping off the bike. Only physically well prepared cyclists reach the top, others will, sooner or later, continue on foot and push their bikes for those tens of metres to the cross at the saddle of Staneški hrib Hill.
What goes up, must come down too - at least the forest paths follows that principle as it gently descends on the other side to Bormes. You'll have to break a lot so you won't speed downhill too much. You'll come out of the forest below the hill at Bormes Tourist Farm where you'll be properly served if you are hungry.
The road from Bormes on is asphalt for some time and leads up a little. This is the Polhov Gradec Hills and the plains are in scarcity there. As you reach the crossroads with a wider road, turn left and soon after right and up the hill towards Slavko's Hut. There is a next chance for some refreshments, before continuing up the hill where the asphalt road becomes macadam again and you have to paddle hard up the hill . This is, however, a different kind of hill than that of Staneški hrib Hill where you had to cycle hard, namely, you are headed to Brdo now, to Golo Brdo more precisely . Where Brdo (Hill) got its name is completely clear already halfway up the slope, while you realise where the name Golo (Bleak) came from after you've reached the top. There is no forest at the top, but the village with meadows and a beautiful view in all directions . If you haven't stopped yet, you'll most certainly do it now and take a look around.
Only down and to Medvode
You are at the highest point of this route and the asphalt road will from now on lead you mostly downhill, but be careful, because the fast ride could be dangerous as some turns are quite sharp. In Seničica, you reach the valley where you turn left at the crossroads and follow the main road through the village and onwards. Cycle to the plain below the village and past the renowned Napoleon's Bridge from 1666. The road turns left towards the railroad where you cycle until the level crossing before Preska. Turn right there (only if the gates are up, of course), and just before the crossroads with Gorenjska Road turn left to the macadam road . Cycling on the busy Gorenjska Road is forbidden, so the cycle lane runs on the parallel macadam road along the railroad.
Turn right after tennis courts and continue straightforward to the pedestrian road crossing over Gorenjska Road to Seškova Road, then left past the police station, an inn, a pizza restaurant and towards the bridge over the Sora River. Only one right turn over the bridge and you reach the car park in front of Medvode town hall and library where you started your trip. You can put away your bicycle and take a relaxing walk along the Sora River, past the library , and take a look at another natural landmark of Medvode. Some tens of metres ahead is the confluence of the Sora and Sava rivers . Medvode got its name after the position between the rivers.
At the end of your trip in Medvode, numerous cafes and restaurants await for you to recharge your batteries.