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Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Sandanski October 19th 2009

Total Distance Cycled: 672km We seemed to had a window to cycle on Saturday. It was warm and overcast, but no rain, so we went for it. Other than climbing out of the hole we had in Kavala (on the coast, but totally surrounded by hills), the ride was pretty good and we did have the aid of the wind for most of the day (that makes three in a row now :-)). This was certainly our second best bike day of the trip so far. Just like the other day from Komotini to Xanthi, we spent most of the day riding along the hills of Northern Greece, but just high enough that we get a good view of the countryside below, but with little traffic so we could actually enjoy the ride. Serres was our ... read more
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Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Sandanski October 18th 2009

Our ride on Sunday started off OK. Roads were dry and the forecast was only calling for 20% chance of rain. As we headed northwest out of Serres and towards the mountains and the Bulgarian Border, things got a bit ugly. First off, the road for some of the way didn’t have a good shoulder, secondly, they were wet. Wet roads are the same as if it is raining when you are on the bike. You get just as wet. We stopped at a gas station with a little restaurant so we could put our rain gear on, and ironically it started to rain. So we trudged on in the rain all the way to the border. Even though Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, they still have a controlled border crossing with Greece. The border ... read more
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