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Tour de Beglika

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I fell in cycling because of him and with him.

My husband and I used to share a passion for cycling. We took every opportunity we got between work and the kids to take some time off for ourselves and just go out and enjoy nature. He was my forever companion, we discovered new places, got lost, went on countless adventures together. I fell in cycling because of him and with him.

2 years later things dramatically changed. He became too consumed with work and somehow lost his passion for biking. Of course, I tried to seduce him with breathtaking views and amazing scenic routes, but his unwillingness was outstanding.

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

However, one day I woke up to a surprise. I got up early in the morning and as I was enjoying my mourning routine – coffee and a tour of my vegetable garden – I came upon the weirdest sight. My husband had woken up before me, he apparently had taken out his dusty bike and started preparing it for a ride. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

A couple of hours later we had already packed our bags, mounted the bikes on our RV and left the kinds at his parents’ house (you know those videos when parents leave their kids in front of their parents’ house, ring the bell and just drive off the minute the door opens? That was us.)

We had no plans or reservation, so we decided the destination on the go. We were going to Beglika Dam. We would go camping and bike riding around the dam.

Golyam (Big) Beglik dam is by far one of the most amazing places I have visited in Bulgaria. Situated in the Rhodope mountains at about 1500 m altitude, it offers stunning views, fresh air and a much needed escape the city’s summer heat. The dam is encompassed by a dirt road and a small stretch of asphalt, which amounts to a total of about 25 km. It is technically flat with its 160 m elevation gain, so this is a good place for children, beginners or people whose bikes have been covered in cobwebs for some time. The tour around the damn takes up between 1 and 2,5 hours, depending on your pace. There are no technical segments and the navigation is really easy. It is a flat dirt road that offers and abundance of picturesque views and the opportunity to enjoy the company of wildlife.

It was only a two-day trip, but it was utterly refreshing and inspiring experience. After that trip my husband picked up his hobby again and I couldn’t be happier.

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