Day 28, Aug 9 (167km) - New Country New Outlook
Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
35Trip End Aug 16, 2012
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It was a bit cooler today - 34 degrees - and I had to get over two big mountains. Good thing is the biggest was first and I cleared it in the mourning before it was too hot. Right at the beginning of the trip I just passed by some ancient ruins lying on the side of the highway.It is a fascinating Roman ruins in the town of Debelt (Deultum was the Roman name).
The second and last mountain was where the border crossing was and I was near it by 2:00pm. However it took forever at the border because I had to buy my visa there
Finally I was in Turkey the last country in the trip. While cycling in the countryside of Northwestern Turkey I came across several horse drawn carts in a row and one had a saucy face little girl sticking her tongue out at me as I passed. I am not sure why but it lifted my spirits and I did not feel as tired. The cart in front of them had a baby donkey in it sleeping - from the heat I hope and not because he was sick.
Just as I reached the outskirts of Edirne there was a pack of stray dogs at a roundabout. There were about 12 of them and unlike in Romanian there were no little dogs - just big ass scary dogs. Most of them chased after me despite traffic on the road. I had to speed up considerably and went over some bumpy parts and had the carrier on the back of my bike pop off. Luckily I had outrun the pack by then.
Once I got to Edirne I had an energy drink and paprika chips. Not because I was craving them necessarily but because it reminded me of Cat and her extensive diet plan. Edirne itself was a pleasant surprise. there was a lot of activity and there were a lot of statues and fountains all over. Walking around was quite nice before heading back to the A/C of the hotel.