Bulgaria 22 September: Velingrad - Delchevo (MK)

good bye Bulgaria

Thank you Velingrad for the nice accommodation!

...we left Velingrad behind and started our climb around Bulgaria's most scenic mountain-region, the Rila massive...

...we were running on almost 1500m altitude! The temperature of 6˚ Celsius told us that the Summer was definitely over...

...soon we reached Razlog. Local runners joined in...

...a very nice welcome on the main square...

...the deputy mayor received the torch...

Thank you Razlog for the friendly welcome!

...we left the mountains behind...

...arriving in Simitli...

...a first stop at the war monument...

...our last Peace Run day in Bulgaria was also Bulgaria's National Day.

...we planted a peace tree...

...and five more...

...together we walked to the main square...

...the mayor officially received the torch with kind words...

Thank you Simitli for the outstanding friendship!

...in the distance we could already see the mountain range of Macedonia...

...we reached Blagoevgrad...

...National Holiday...

...together with local runners we explored the city of Blagoevgrad...

...the deputy mayor of Blagoevgrad welcomed the team...

Thank you Blagoevgrad for the heartfelt welcome!

...the last km's in Bulgaria brought us once more into the mountains...

...almost at the border....

Good bye Bulgaria!

...and welcome in Macedonia!

...our Bulgarian team passed the torch officially to the Macedonian runners!

...it was time to say farewell to our Bulgarian team. Our sincere gratitude for your efforts, friendship and outstanding hospitality! We will carry your peace wishes on and on...