Day 26, Aug 7 (157km) - Due Diligence

Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
Trip End Aug 16, 2012

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Varna,
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I think I left out the part where after I had my first flat tire I had a second the next biking day. I am use to pinch flats (when you hit something and the it smashes the tire and the tube gets pinched against the rim) that causes a double hole. I generally just throw away the tube and replace it with a new one. With a second flat in as many days after going over 2000km with none I figured there might be something lodged in the tire. I ran my fingers around the entire inside of the tire and felt nothing so I replaced the tube and went on my way. This morning just as I got on my bike the tire was flat again. Definitely something stuck in the tire. I took the tire completely off and folded it inside out and carefully went through it. I found a slight darker point even though it didn't feel like anything upon further inspection there was a small metal spike stuck in there. It took me 15 minutes to get it out. If I did my due diligence the first time I could have saved these last 2 flats.

The only thing good was I had a tiny kitten trying to help me repair my tire, which I thought was very cute.

Guess what the temperature is today??? 41again!!! At least the closer I came to Varna on the coast the better the roads became. The heat was getting way too intense and I started to become dizzy while riding so I had to start taking shade breaks as much as possible. 

I painted a bleak picture of Bulgaria with the place I stayed at in SIlistra but as I approached Varna things looked a lot better. Varna is a resort town so it is expected to be a bit more modern but even on the outskirts, away from the beach, it was that way. The city was a mix of the old communist buildings and modern design and was very lively.

I was looking forward to a cold shower and relaxing in my air conditioned room. There was an A/C unit in the room but it did not work. At least the common room had some A/C. The shower was hilarious. It was a toilet and shower room in one. That is not uncommon at all but it is when it is the size of a small bathroom stall at a public building. You can see in the pictures that there was a small window that was open - that was the only safe place to put your clothes and towel in hopes they would not get wet. As you turn you keep bumping into the toilet. This did not feel sanitary.

As in Romania I had a few dogs chasing me but a lot less. I also notice that there seemed to be more cats in the city until Bucharest where there were almost none. They all look so skinny and grumpy. While walking in the side streets I decided to feed a momma and her two kittens. Next things there was a dozen cats around. So I broke my chicken into several pieces and scattered them for all.

After that I walked down to the Black Sea and waded in the water a bit. It was almost night time so the temperature was manageable. It was time to go crash in the slightly cool hostel and recover.

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