Killing time (softly)
Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
76Trip End Aug 08, 2011
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There was a cockroach swimming in my water glass, and I was glad that I didn't drink it in the dark, as happened wıth the shrink-wrapped dried figs I ate at Varna in the dark in my tent, and found out were full of live maggots the next day (no ill effects though, incidentally!).
Vlad and I stuffed ourselves on the free self-service breakfast downstairs, then stopped in a small park so that I could show him how to tune his brakes and gears, check his wheels were true, etc.
Then we set off out of Kirklareli, towards Pınarhisar. The road was not brand new, but was stıll pretty good.
I was surprised at how militarised this part of Turkey is, with large army bases every 5-10 kilometres along the highway. Vlad is a real history buff and has been telling me all about the history of the area, as well as the Balkans and Asia. He explained that this region has been hotly-contested in the past and belonged mostly to Bulgaria for a part of the last century.
Every 2nd or 3rd Turkish motorists' honking at us started to get a little annoying after a while, however. Cyclists are an uncommon sight indeed in the Turkish countryside, and it seemed as if some drivers felt we had no right to be on the road. About half of the honks seemed to be honks of encouragement though, but sometimes a blast on a truck's airhorns when it is passing you is rather intimidating, regardless of the sentiment.
There was a fairly strong easterly all day, and with the lack of sleep and the fact I'd bought a lot of food ın Kirklareli, I found the going unexpectedly hard
Finally, we managed to cycle all the way to our destination, Vize, on just the breakfast we'd had at the hotel. I was about to drop dead from exhaustion, though not hunger, so it was a big relief. We found a hotel almost immediately and then went out and found a small restaurant where we ate tasty stuffed peppers, rice, beans and bread, and probably one of the hottest chillies I've ever eaten (they're a good source of vitamin C).
After lettıng our food digest a little, we returned to the hotel and I crashed out and left Vlad to surf the net.
(oops, just selected the correct Vıze, the one near Kırklarelı and not the one ın the far east of Turkey!)