Plovdiv to Istanbul, the quiet way in.
Sep 05, 2010
Aug 21, 2011
Had a delicious meal at Vinopolis Wine restaurant this night - lovely. Had too much wine though and a bit of a headache the next morning.
Waking this morning we felt strange about the way forward. We had lost track of where we were heading and the deadline of getting to Istanbul in now, just 11 days meant that some careful planning was needed. We decided to have a day off to set out the final run into Istanbul. For weeks now we have been talking about getting a boat into the city to avoid the hellish approach. But this just didn't fit. Cycling all the way from Bosham and then missing out the last 100 or so miles just felt like a cop out. After some careful research we have found a way in. It requires us to go higher up the Black Sea coast and then really go around the houses through some more hilly parts, but it does mean we can cycle into the city centre and miss all of the risky roads people have been warning us about. So, decision made. Tomorrow we will set off on the final 10 days of this leg. 4 more days in Bulgaria and then the careful navigation into Turkey and the very heart of Istanbul. The rest of the day has been spent relaxing. A couple of nice cafes, a stroll up to the ruins in the old town, and a bit of internet time. The views from the heights of the old town were great. You could see the flat plains leading up to the snow capped mountains all around which we had come from yesterday and will be heading back into tomorrow. It has been really good to stroll around in some sunshine after some pretty rough weather recently. Back on the bike tomorrow, more sunshine please.