Ben Around the World Diary – Day 24 – 6th August 2018

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 24 – 6th August 2018

  • ODO 3037km
  • Location Matts Camping, Sakar Hills
  • Weather 22-35 Hotter down in the lowlands

Jelle’s style of riding and stopping for coffee and lunch in local towns is really different to mine. I’m really enjoying the difference, meeting more people and getting out there more.

We made good progress in the day despite our differences in speed. Before we camped I had the first go at filling up my bottle with petrol for my stove. Apart from a little spillage there were no issues at all.

The lowlands were infested with flies to the point that if you went slowly, say on a climb, they would collect around your head and bags in a visible swarm. And they weren’t small flies either! We tried to find a few places to stop but every time we did we were swarmed. Just around 100km as the sun began to fully set we came across a sign for a campsite. The first one I’d seen in the whole of Bulgaria.

As we rolled up to the house come campsite I noticed a bold handing union flag and a Land Rover parked outside. The British tones of Matt the campsite owner greeted us. It turns out he started the campsite a decade before to cater to the Mongol Rally participants. As Jelle pointed out to me, it’s a great way to get like minded people to come over to stay if you live in such a remote part of the country.


Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities. Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded internationally in the first year and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded the IMS Visionaries award last year. Ben continues to build and expand Chew internationally throughout 2016.
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