18 MAY 2011
DAY47 (BULGARIA) VIA ERDINE (TURKEY) – DIDIMOITHO (GRECCE)
START 7:45 FINISH 18:30 DISTANCE 116 KM RIDE TIME 5H56
Three country’s in one day. Bulgaria for breakfast. Turkey for lunch and Greece for dinner. Started the day camped on the side of the road near Himali less then 50km from the Turkish border. We cycled for a few hours and stopped at a bakery in Seadg for breakfast. We then cycled on to the Borderer which was very quite and we soon crossed over into Turkey. It was a real buzz crossing into Turkey. It feels like a real sense of achievement. This was one of goals I had set myself before I left London. I pulled a swiftly on the border leaving Bulgaria on my British passport and then entering Turkey on my New Zealand passport to avoid having to pay £20 for a visa……..14km from the border
We stopped in Edaine for Lunch. Got our first call to pray. Only after just a few hours we were then heading for the Greek border. Just a small crossing we had to wait for them to get back from their lunch. Once in Greece we started our journey south following the river which is the border between Turkey and Greece. Where in a day or so we will cross back over the border into Turkey after using the better quality Greek roads. We stopped a few hour early today finding a spot above the road on hard rock. After a hard days cycling you can sleep on anything. About 10pm…………I could hear the call to pray from the Turkish village on the other side of the river.
DAY 48 DIDIMOTHO – KESAN
START 9:15 FINISH 17:00 DISTANCE 95 KM RIDE TIME 5H15
Pitier pater was the first thing I heard this morning and encouraged me to stay in the tent a little longer. After about 3 hours of rain we made a run for it about 9:15am. Which wasn’t to bad. We were only 65km from the Turkish border and road leading up to it was good. With a bit of EU money it was freshly sealed. After 30km we stopped in Soufli for some warm treats from the bakers and a few more Euros for later in the trip .or the secound time in two days we crossed the border into Turkey with relative ease. The border is very well armed on bot5h sides and the Turkish soliders meet you in the middle of the bridge.
Thankfully the rain stopped shortly after entering Turkey we pushed on another 30km to Kesen where we got a dodgie hotel room for 10 euros each right in the centre. We arrived in town on the Anaversiary of Karmel Attarks Birthday and there was a big cermonary and party going on with Fire works. Lighted candles Live band and marching band made up of a few of the old timers.