Sofia – Idilevo
21st September 2014 15-22’C 202km
Sofia – Idilevo
Heading out of Sofia, I thought I would ride past the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral again, just to get a photo from the other side of the building. On approach I noticed that the road had been blocked off by Police, but one or two cars had been sneaking through, and I tried the same. Of course, I was pulled over.
The cop made me stop, told me off and that I shouldn’t ride around the sign in the middle of the road (at least that’s what I thought he was saying) but then another car drove through. He pulled that car over also, and I watched what happened. The lady driving smiled at him, batted her eyelids and generally played up to him. Of course, he let her go. When I came back to me, I asked him “Why do you want to give me a ticket, but you let her go?” He said “She Big Boss!” and gestured to indicate ‘large breasts’ I laughed and said, “well then you have to let me go then” He was insistent, I was getting a ticket.
Fortunately another cop appeared who spoke excellent English, and asked me where I was from. When I told him, he asked incredulously, “And you rode this bike here?!!” When I explained, yes, and showed them the flags they both became very animated, and asked me if they could take my photo. Of course, I obliged. After giving me very clear directions on how to exit the city, we waved goodbye and I was sent on my way with warm wishes for a safe journey, and no infringement ticket. I also got my photo.
I made good time and arrived in the afternoon at Motocamp Bulgaria, where they had a spotless room for me, wifi, and cold beer in the fridge. An absolutely top spot in Bulgaria, they made me right at home in the small village of Idilevo and I settled in for an easy evening of updating blog, scanning maps and planning routes.