Sunday 20th November 2011

Bulgarian family
Stoyan and his family

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.

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