Americans, alcoholics and jar drinking
Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
158Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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The retired Bulgarian literate/mechanic somehow managed to fix my bike. Admittedly the parts he replaced it with are a little archaic and jab me in the knee when out of the saddle, but it works. I just wish I could speak Bulgarian, I manage to draw from his ramblings that he was a track sprinter in the 1950s and also his life under communism. If only language wasn't such a barrier, I could have spent hours chatting with this guy.
Sleeping outside was nice and its a great feeling being woken by the noise of birds and goats as opposed to an alarm clock. Sharon made a mammoth banitsa (goats cheese, yoghurt and filo pastry) for breakfast and waiting round round for it was worth it.
It was hard leaving, I could have spent months with Steve and Sharon. They definitely convinced me to take my travelling at a slower place and also to do house sitting. I think I will try this for a few months at some point (mindmyhouse.com).
The ride today hit mountains and took about 9 hours. Despite that the time flew by and all the climbing was worth it when I got to descend the mountains trying to break my top speed record. Unfortunately, I didn't, I guess I'll have to try again.
I arrived in Karnobat and with the help of some alcoholics, a taxi driver and a school teacher managed to find Laura. I was almost unfindable sitting on the bench with the alcoholics, but Laura found me. Its nice having some English speaking company and not having to wildly gesture all the time. I can actually make corny jokes and be understood, something I enjoy! I am thankful for meeting Rafael, I've met loads of cool Peace Corps volunteers. Laura from NY and Emmi from California are no exception to this. Once again, I end the night with good food, good people and a lot of mosquito bites. I'm slightly apprehensive of my 5 o clock start tomorrow as Laura has a meeting. I should be in Burgas by 8, swimming is a must for tomorrow. That is tomorrow's mission, to swim!