On the Kavsar Trail
In Radeče, the beginning of the Posavje (Lower Sava) region, the Sava River breaks through the narrow valley of Zasavje (Central Sava region). Freed of steep banks, it created several meanders on its way to Krško. Hardworking people built hayracks on the fields of its embankments. Right before Krško, the river was narrowed by the Krško Hills. Across the vast Vrbina, right before Brežice, Sava could freely overflow and fertilize its banks for millennia. Already in the times of Maria Theresa, after massive floods, they placed Sava into an artificial riverbed. However, with building hydro power plants and reservoirs in Posavje, we have even stronger interfered with its natural current. Sava was used for freight trafficking until World War II. The people of Šmarčna, whose village stands on one of the most beautiful Sava meanders before Sevnica, were known as »Kavsarji«, since they were chasing floating timber on Sava with special hooks called »kavsi«. Rafting on Sava has a long tradition. The timber was rafted all the way from the Danube to Belgrade. When transporting goods upstream from Brežice upwards, people used draft animals for which they built a special tow path. The river rafting died away with the construction of the Austrian Southern Railway. Rich historical heritage of rafting is being preserved in Radeče with an annual event called The Days of Sava Rafting. The construction of power plants also brought new paths along the series of Sava dams, which are a couple of kilometers long and suitable for a pleasant bicycle trip. You may calmly and with wind in your hair ride to Brežice, without worries of getting lost.