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.


Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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