Sun 20. Pirot to Valkarel 84 miles. Eventually made it to Bulgaria short ride first thing to get to the border and no problems there. Got a bit lost in Sofia but eventually found my way out although I did have to ride down the motorway! It was dark and starting to get late and there no sign of a hotel or even any towns! I’d sort of resigned myself to a long dark evening and long ride to anywhere that half looked as if it had a hotel. I’d stopped on this hill when a car pulled up to see if I was ok, I said yes and asked if there was any hotels nearby, to which the reply was no, but I want to help you, you come and stay at my place. We proceeded up the hill with Stoyan as I found out was his name later, driving in front of me with his loud dance music blasting out of his car, although all I heard was the heavy sound of bass! We arrived at his place eventually, the hill was a lot longer than I thought. He proceeded to make sure my bike was safe then took me in to meet his family. He had two small children one of 7 years and one 7 months, whilst we were eating cold meats and cheese, his wife was obviously phoning around telling people to come and see what they’d found, sure enough after only a few minutes in walked his brother and his girlfriend, who were also very nice, then a little bit later his father came in. We sat around talking for the evening with none of us really understanding each other, but it was a very entertaining and enjoyable evening, the warmth and friendship some people show to strangers is very touching and much appreciated.