Day 1: Pleven to Kormyansko. 84 km. Hilly. Hot. (#reblog, #fieldpoppy, #grit)

Cate’s travels in Bulgaria and more reflections on heat, hills, and grit. Many of us here at the blog are living vicariously through Cate’s travel adventures. Hope you enjoy them too!

There’s hot. And there’s hilly. And there’s long. The hat trick is too much.

I knew this was going to be gruelling and maybe a little “bit over more than I could chew,” but even with that, I was almost broken. The day started off cloudy, with Deyan showing up at breakfast with some last minute advice, and the woman at the desk typing me a sweet sweet message of good luck on her translation app. She helped me carry my bike out and took a selfie. (And yes, people act like there’s no covid. I can’t explain it either). Her name was maya and she was the first of many lovely humans in my day.

I started off in clouds, grateful for the cooler day, still feeling a bit anxious, mostly about directions. I spent too much time fruitlessly trying to get my hydration pack to work (I must…

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