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The summits and ridges of Bulgaria

Thursday, 17 August 2017

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LAST week Mark, Jack and I had started our odyssey in the mountains of Bulgaria.
It's the third day of the week long journey and we set off with our faithful driver Nikkolai at the helm to transport us up a rocky road/path/slope. Eventually when the car could go no further, we set off.
I felt good for the first three hours as we pushed up from 1,200 metres above sea level to the Macedonia Hut at 2,200 where we saw the first people that we had witnessed all day.
We ate our lunch outside in the sun but when I went inside, it was the same scene in mountain huts all over the world, people trying to keep warm, hunching over a bowl of hot soup or playing cards to wile away the hours, all the time waiting before making a further push back up the mountain.
The scene is the same in Nepal as it is in Morocco as it is the Balkans. I withdrew reluctantly from the warm fog and we started up hill once more.
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