13th of November. The end. Spent most of the night trying to find a good hostel online that caters for bicycle tourists without much luck. Didnt help the Wi-Fi was dodgey and kept dropping connection. Ended up heading to one only to find it has stairs leading from the doorway. Anyway get a quick pic … Continue reading Day 170. Istanbul.
12th of November. Ten thousand miles. It rained alot last night which would normally not be a problem but I was camped down the side of a field. So when I tried leaving the clay soil stuck to my boots and my tyres. After ten yards the wheels wouldn't turn. It took me about 30 … Continue reading Day 169. Yenubed to Istanbul.
11th of November. Turkey. I get rid of my last Bulgarian Leva just before the border and pass the Bulgarian side no problem. I get through passport control no problem. But the Turkish customs check every panieer taking almost everything out. Which I then had to try and get back in. No where else has … Continue reading Day 168. Svilengrad to Yenubed
10th of November. The Ocho returns. Up nice and early and escape from Plovdiv easily as it has bike lanes only they cross the road a couple of times so you have to wait for traffic lights. I'm still on the road 8, once away from Plovdiv it quietens down alot. Its starting to warm … Continue reading Day 167. Plovdiv to Svilengrad
9th of November. The Ocho. Leave Sofia fairly early and wasn't as bad as I was dreading. Bulgaria built roads with the anticipation of lots of cars. So a brief ride down the bus lane of a four lane carriageway and I turn off the main road onto a smaller road and then onto the … Continue reading Day 166. Sofia to Plovdiv.
8th of November. Art. I find somewhere to do some laundry but its a trek. Luckily theres a Socialist art museum nearby so I have a gander at that while I wait. I think I like Sofia, it isn't as pretty as Budapest but it has a charm to it that I like. It certainly … Continue reading Day 165. Sofia.
7th of November. Rest. I don't do much today but rest and a short explore. I am starting to like the street food as it is rather good and very cheap. I search online for a laundrette but come up short. Maybe shouldn't have brought a two litre bottle of vino for 2 quid.
6th of November. Iskar Gorgeous. Slept pretty well considering I was only 10 feet away from the road. Its another beautiful day and I'm riding the last 60km to Sofia. This really is one of the prettiest places I've been for a while. It would make an awesome motorcycle ride with tight twisty bits buts … Continue reading Day 163. Svoge to Sofia.
5th of November. Remember remember My plan is to make at least the start of the Iskar Gorge. As its a hundred kilometres from the start to Sofia and I don't want to enter the capital tired and in the dark. From Montana to the start of the Iskar is only 70km away but there's … Continue reading Day 162. Montana to Svoge.
4th of November. Thats all for Donau. After 20km I leave the Danube for the last time and start heading south. Its quite hilly and I'm not really feeling the joy today. Just can't seem to switch off like normal. I keep looking at the odometer and its so slow today. I barely make the … Continue reading Day 161. Vidin to Montana