We awoke from a good night’s sleep in our luxury cabins and drove straight to the Romanian coast. We arrived at some very nice camping grounds called Sandalandala near the Bulgarian border. We set our tents up and then bummed around the beach for most of the day. Other rallies turned up in dribs and drabs. We had a few drinks then headed to the beach club for the night. Drinks were pretty extortionate, so we took our own out and stashed them on the beach. Hours later we got a tasty kebab then headed to bed.
As with every other morning up until this point we awoke and scrambled out of our portable sauna into the fresh air. However, there’s no better hangover cure than a morning swim in the sea. After a couple hours of feeling sorry for ourselves we got showered and packed and headed across the Bulgarian border.
We stopped in sunny beach for lunch where we all thoroughly enjoyed the Bulgarian National dish which was basically a mixture of meat, vegetables, potatoes and cheese. After catching up with civilisation on the restaurants wifi service we continued to the Turkish border.
This ended up being the longest and dullest border crossing so far with around a 4-hour crossing. It began with a customs check in Bulgaria which consisted of us lifting our storage lid and the guard saying that was fine. We then had a series of waits and checks before we had to buy insurance. Unfortunately for us the “system was down” meaning we had to stand in line for about 3 hours in the rain. Finally, the Turkish customs check which was a guard looking at some documents saw us into turkey.
At this point it was around midnight and so we decided to camp as soon as we could. We headed towards a campsite which we found on google maps. This took us onto some very rough terrain in complete darkness which was difficult to tackle. We got stuck momentarily but our Maltese motoring buff travelling companions were on hand to help us out. After all this we were rewarded with the absence of any campsite and instead an empty quarry with some cow dung. Nonetheless we didn’t let that discourage us and we cooked a late-night pasta meal. We noticed as we sat in the east darkness a lot of dogs barking and an intermittent siren sounding. We chose to ignore this as we were pretty set for bed.
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