Week Six may be the second shortest week by distance, but it packs a punch! Delivering plenty of hills over its little length, don't be mislead by the lower kms. Everything is jammed into just five days!
Bulgaria will bring us forested mountains from days of yore. Untamed beauty means lots of adventure.
Note that "adventure" isn’t a word we’ve thrown in to the mix to make Week Six seem exciting. We really mean it. Having never cycled this route before, all we know is that there might be bears.
If that hasn’t put you off, you'll find more info below!
Still reading? Awesome. This week will be crazy beautiful, it’s hands down the most exciting weeks for us. This is how we think it will go:
We’ll head south from Sofia. The road goes straight into the Rila mountains where it touches 1000m before moving towards the Rhodope range and up to 1500m. Expect alpine scenery as the roads will be lined with pines and we'll wind past a high altitude lake. Sure to be ideal for some mid-ride swims!
As the road leaves Bulgaria for Greece it's sure to heat up as the road flattens out and we cruise down the mountainsides. That’s not to say all the climbing is done, as a couple more efforts will be needed to get over the hills surrounding Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki will bring a celebratory dive into the sea. Beach, ice cream and sunburn awaits!
*Plans may change and daily distances may vary as we scout for camping spots along the way. Take the below with a pinch of salt and a slurp of energy gel.
We’re available for airport pick-ups throughout the day. Then we’ll all come together in the evening for dinner and a chat about the week to come.
Get on our bikes, leave Sofia, and cycle 115km through beautiful green country roads before wild camping near Belvovo.
A big climb over the course of 100km, ending with a well-deserved wild camp next to Lake Dospat. Ideal for evening swims.
We’ll cross the border into our final country of trip, Greece! Celebrate with a Spanakopita and cycle 100km through the rural North and wild camp somewhere along the way.
Cycle about 80km and end up around the river Struma for a refreshing and well-earned swim.
The final day of the penultimate week! We’ll push our legs and minds to cycle the last 90km into Thessaloniki where we'll celebrate with all the tasty Greek cuisines we can find.
Wake up, a mixture of tired and elated, wander around the city in a happy daze. We’re available for airport drops throughout the day
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