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Old 14-10-2018, 02:46 PM   #16
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The day is getting long....caught in the returning-weekend-traffic jam 20k's short of Sofia.






Still just made it in daylight....and our "Kamelot-Castle" turns out a Bulgarian lakeside resort for some of the new-rich ex-communists.
It sure is a nice spot though and after 500+k's on country roads those thoughts are brushed aside.


Letting the pictures of the day pass by... doesn't make this place sit quite right!










Black Vinyl-padded doors?? WTF?


















Who farted?






Lake Iskar...nor bad, aye?










Padded doors... and pictures of some Punky-Monkey??....I still can't get this place.
Maybe, for A$190/ night for 3 rooms with dinner + breakfast for everyone I should just go to sleep

The Kamelot on booking.com https://goo.gl/9ezRLj






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Old 15-10-2018, 03:31 PM   #17
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Lake Iskar (Bulgaria)-> Dupnica crash -> Panichishte Ski Mountain (Bulgaria)

https://goo.gl/PQqF1W





Early light across Lake Iskar....









...turns into the full "BURNER"!!










Always good for a surprise...down the expressway, wrong side of road, blocking the towns key roundabout or the busstop in front of the hospital....anywhere, anyhow, anytime. Just like those lonely figures in the middle of no-where, men or women and their shopping bag/ bundle, trudging down the road, emergency lane, freeway...





Not long after... and the "Balkans-Raid" comes to its next screeching halt.
A weird, tightening spiral on-ramp got Goodie undone and the 650Thumper bucked her off into that waist-high groundcover on the left, providing an injury-free getaway (should have bought a Lotto ticket right then!).

The G65 didn't fare as well, there's bits of panniers and bike everywhere, neatly mixed with clothing and other colourful bits and the backpack with the lappy had escaped the cracked topbox.

It all looks like a bomb-site....mixed in with all the obvious leftovers of previous prangs at the same site.






In disbelieve we stand around for a few minutes, slowly colour comes back into the faces as realization sets in...and some action is hatched to somehow get things back on the rails.
The busted luggage, screen and mirrors etc are somewhat surmountable...









...but the busted front wheel is the showstopper.





A pile of phonecalls and SMS's later and Cristian and Alexa of Rent4ride, 500km away in Bucharest, Romania have brought order into the mess.... and are pulling all stops to get us going again.
Goodie and I are off to the local Cop Shop after some Israeli tour-bus group managed to somehow alert the traffic-cops, while the "troops" are trying to make the best of an extended brunch at the nearby highway-servo....and Alexa and dad are on their way within 2 hours with a replacement F800GS on the trailer.


Police accident report...anyone reads Cyrillic?





Stephan, the cop you want to have on your side when the shit hits the fan!

Awesome guy with good English, who saved the day and made the crew smile again.




He even lets me ride the busted Bimmer from the crash-site to the highway-servo...with flashing lights and into oncoming traffic up the exit ramp.

With locations marked and a new place for the night sourced
"found something a bit back the way we came",
a midnight rendevouz at the servo arranged with Alexa to swap the bikes,
it's off into the hills....2-up on a 300, while the crew carries all the extra luggage.






A last look back...

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Old 15-10-2018, 03:32 PM   #18
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...and some hastily memorized turn-offs, hairpins, awesome vistas and single-laners through tiny rural villages later, the "some place up a hill" offers a beautiful setting and surrounds to start looking forward again.













Great find!!
(ok, dinner was a lake of molten cheese whatever the dish...but the beer was cold!)
















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Old 15-10-2018, 03:34 PM   #19
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Fat-finger-Pete...texting just don't work, ever.









Quick, little buggers...








Bet, she wouldn't smile if she knew what it all meant

















The call comes by 11.30pm : " I'm an hour away from the servo, see you for the bike-swap there".
Alexa and her dad have run the 500km and tedious border-crossing in record time!!
Andrew and I rug up for a return-ride down those pitch-dark twisties at near freezing temps...and by 1.30am the blanket is tucked in for a few hours sleep.

The new day sees us back on the road again...with a "HUGE THANK YOU" to all who helped to kick things along.



Hotel Luch, Panichishte (Bulgaria) https://goo.gl/uA8sEJ


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Old 16-10-2018, 10:27 AM   #20
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A few Johnny-come-latelies for the Hotel Luch...



Skilift Russian style...looks like a raid on the spares-bin of the Kamaz truck factory





Industrially-sized BBQ...fit for a pig on a spit.





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