|Our arrival in Bulgaria continued on the theme
of our departure form Romania, expensive. Insurance for one week was 88leva
and then there was road tax and environment tax. We drove off to Belogradchik
and realised why so few people enter Bulgaria by this route. The roads are
not very well made or maintained and there were still many horses/pony and
carts on them. Belogradchik was amazing. The photographs we had seen before
arriving did not convey the sights. Lumps of sandstone and conglomerate
stick up as needles and pinnacles out of the beech forest in all its autumnal
|We found a secluded spot with amazing views and
camped there till Thursday. We had our bonfire for Guy Fawkes night but
no fireworks unfortunately.
|The only problem was the weather – quite rainy.
Tuesday dawned rainy and we headed into the town to post a letter and try
and send a fax. The post office people were very helpful although they spoke
very little English, I don’t think they see many foreigners. They pointed
us towards the ‘Youth House’ when we asked about the Internet and a very
helpful bloke there gave us some postcards of the area and walked us through
the town to the Internet Café. We then bought some food and wandered around
the rocks in the rain.
||Wednesday dawned bright and sunny and the rocks
gradually dried out for some bouldering and new routing. The rock looked
as though it should fall apart as soon as you pulled on it but most areas
were quite solid. The problem was that being sandstone it wouldn’t really
take any gear and to climb we really needed some top bolts for top roping
as I’m not sure staples would hold for bolting. Thursday and we had to move
on to get to the border before our insurance ran out.
We just drove through to near Plovdiv after some navigational problems.
The roads on the map do not exist (yet?). We stayed at a lorry park and
Nelly got a wash in the morning before we drove on to the Turkish border.
I think you are supposed to collect tickets from the places you stay
at whilst in Bulgaria, but we only had one ticket because we had camped
in the forest for most of the week. They guy asked but when I said we
had stayed with the lorries he just shrugged and stamped us out of the