This week Andrew left to travel on to Istanbul and then home and I have walked on missing his company. There has been rain, snow and some tough walking.
I crossed the border from Albania and walked down to Lake Ohrid. Macedonia felt very different, deciduous woodland, more wildfowers and an obvious Christian heritage.
I stayed a day in the town of Ohrid to rest, see the sights and hope the rain would stop. I knew the next day would be long over the Galicica mountains, still capped with snow.
The next day was dry and I set off. It was a beautiful, if strenuous walk with great views back to Lake Ohrid.
However at about 1,400m elevation I met the snow. I still had another 188m to climb and 5km before the path descended again. The mist closed in and it was obvious that on the plateau above me I would face a strong wind and poor visibility.
I tried to walk to the next corner but sank up to my knees.
There was only one thing to do: walk back down the 860m I had climbed and catch the bus! I was not happy, but there was nothing else for it.
However just below the snow line I spotted this. Now you don't have to be the Last of the Mohicans to think that this is a bear print. Since it was the same size as the palm of my hand it seems to be a fairly big one.
Suddenly going down didn't seem quite so bad.
Yesterday and today have been rainy but I have walked on from Resen. There was more snow on the Diavato Pass, but no problem to walk through.
I am now in Bitola, my last stop in Macedonia. It has an Ottoman bazar and covered market and some other sites.
Tomorrow I hope the rain will stop and that I will be able to walk dry shod into Greece!