Our All Night Ride on a Haunted Highway in Bulgaria

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It sounded like a good idea when I came up with it: an all-night ride on the European route E70 between Ruse and Varna, the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Why? No need to pitch the tent right next to a traffic artery, way less cargo trucks on the road, arriving at the beach just before sunrise, and the thrill of the challenge. So when darkness set in, rather than camp, I pulled over at a gas station, got myself high on caffeine, and equipped the trailer with as many warning lights as possible. Moments later, I rode off into the blackness, unaware that this was going to be one of the creepiest experiences I have ever lived through. Read on to find out why. Continue reading

Prague – Vienna: “Sir, Negative Sir!”

Until we got onto the Danube trail in Linz, Austria, the road from Prague to Austria was marked by beautiful scenery, intermittent rain, headwinds and many, many hills. With over 80 kg under my saddle it was a workout that would have reduced even Sylvester Stallone to tears. To make things worse, crosses, gravestones, flowers, and pictures of mostly young men were scattered along the roadside like milestones. It was worth every drop of sweat, though. Both in the Czech Republic and in Austria we got a taste of local hospitality at its finest. Here’s a selection of random events that have stuck in our minds.

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