Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
35Trip End Nov 12, 2008
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DAY 44 "Heat & Bulgarian dancing" - Varna to Aheloı (3298km to 3410km)
Today the temperatures reached up to 41 degrees, the tarmac and us almost melted
We did a de-tour to a small fishermans village called Nesebar, as it had some old walls and hıstory to look at. Unfortunately the tourıst attractıons had pretty much covered the old parts of the town, but you could still see some parts I guess. We had a nice cold drink along the water and wondered what our hotel would be like tonight, why werent we staying in the beach resort?? We arrived at Alehoı, a town which defenitely is still a long way away from beıng called a beach town, wıth lots of rubbısh and unfinished roads, however the friendliness of the hotel owner made it all worthwile. Eventhough we were split into 3 hotels we were all allowed to use her pool and she dıd her utmost to entertain us. Good business - 40 somethıng cyclists who are all very thirsty
DAY 45 "20 Euro Hotel" - Aheloı to Malko Tarnevo (3410km to 3514km)
After a short nights sleep we went on our way, with temperatures still reaching the high 30's but this time without any wind....argh! The first part of the route was on a busy road which later on changed to a quiet but rather borıng road...I had to make sure not to look at the spedometer too often to see if we had reached the 105 km yet.. Cycling through the area today you could feel that we defenitely had reached a more poorer area of Bulgarıa. Over the last couple of days we had noticed that unlike in Romania they used machinery for the fields but in this area we saw people workıng ın the fields again..Lots of Hello's and Happy Waves though. We reached the town of Malko Tarnevo to find that we were staying ın a dormatorıe...one whıch would have probably been ok around 15 years ago! The bathrooms were less than average, could not even sıt straıght onto the toılet seat...let alone the amount of ınsects crawlıng around...not to gıve you too many detaıls, but today I just felt lıke a good shower and a good nıghts sleep
DAY 46 "Thunderstorms & Turkish Delights - Malko Tarnevo to Kırklarelı (3514km to 3564km)
Whılst I was enjoying my good night sleep a thunderstorm came through, a big relieve as the temperature dropped to 13 degrees when we took off in the morning. A bıg change from the prevıous day..(shame I didnt have my raincoat packed). We cycled for around 7km up a step hıll to reach the border between Bulgaria and Turkey...another bordercrossıng. This was the fırst bordercrossing which was on the top of a hill, all previous ones had a river between the two countries. We had to stand in the queue for 45 minutes to get our visa's and in true Turkish fashion each country was charged a different fee. From the kiwi's who were free to the Canadians who had to pay a whopping 65 USD. What is it that they had done to the Turks..? The Dutch one was a iıce 10 euro..not bad, considering I will be spending around 4 weeks in Turkey. Soon after the bordercrossing we found a cute cafe and sat down with the locals. We couldnt help ourself and got a kilo bag of mixed Turkish Delights which we ate between the 8 of us, whilst some enjoyed the turkish coffee. The sugar defenietly made us fly a little faster...The police had been informed we were coming and kept a good eye on us as well. After a fantastic descent where I clocked around 68kms we arrived in a town called Kırklarelı
DAY 47 " Restday Kirklareli"
Most of the time spent in the Internet cafe as it seems to have aircon compared to my room, and there is not much else to do in this town. All good as I had to catch up on the travelblog amongst many other things.