Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
76Trip End Aug 08, 2011
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Where I stayed
Wild-camped in the Rock Church Canyon
I popped into the tourist office one more time to give my respects before parting, and to enquire about the way to Varna. It sounded a good road, a little hilly but nothing major.
I stopped at a fruit/vegetable stand and asked for some apples, a peach and some tomatoes
Then I rode out of town towards the Ivanovo rock churches, which had been carved into the walls of a canyon about 20 km from Ruse. I didn't see too much as it seemed to be closed, but I enjoyed the ambience of the area and there were plenty of obvious wild camping prospects, so with the sun setting I decided to stay the night in or near the canyon.
As I was cycling towards the canyon entrance, where I had seen some good prospects for tent, a car stopped. The occupants were some people I'd said hello to down by the rock church. The driver, a young Bulgarian guy, asked if I was thirsty and then handed me a bottle of mineral water, and then a bottle of iced tea! We spoke a bit about my trip and he gave me some advice for the road. I was very humbled by this all, and also a little frustrated that I could not somehow repay his kindness, although I think this is just the little Anglo-Saxon in me, less used to such random displays of generosity.
I cooked a nice dish of pasta and red lentil curry, still having mustard seeds, cumin and chillies that I have been carrying since leaving La Sorga, and it was absolutely delicious, better than all of my previous on the road curry efforts. A perfect prelude to a night of camping in such a tranquil location.