Blog25-So long Pine and adios Bucharest

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At this moment, Iam probably the most dejected and forlorn fellow in all Bucharest. It was so long Pine on Friday morning 6am, he flew out for USA via Warsaw,Chicago and Los Angeles. Pine, was my best friend,my best advisor, my business sounding board, my executive director, my language app, my IT go to guy, and my son, all wrapped into one fuzz topped 6 foot 1 package. Pine, I cant say it loud enough, thankyou so much for riding with me, you made the miserable sections fun, and the fun sections evenmore so -THANKS SO MUCH!. More than that I got to see Pine the man come out, as a father we always see our sons as kids still. But a trip like this allows all aspects of a persons character to be revealed, your a great kid and I love you for all you provided on this journey. We knew this day was coming, and I dont think it caught anyone off guard and yet it wasnt a welcomed day iether. With Pine on the plane I set off to run some errands before I said adios Bucharest. All by myself, headed south by south west…….at least I think thats the direction I want to go……darn this phone, maybe I didn’t shake it enough. I should tell you that we enjoyed the city, went down to the Old Quarters and really enjoyed the narrow cobbled streets. Had one of the best dinners we have had so far at a Romanian Restaurant we found…….right next to Gelato shop…….ain’t that just convienient.

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My Pastor and friend, Mike, will be dissappointed in me as I was not able to make my Christian Outreach episode come to life while in Bucharest. Since I felt that Christ had spared my life just a week or so ago, I felt this was a sign of what Christ was wanting me to do since that is what I had been Praying about. But, my other Pastor friend whom we met out in front of Voronets, had been sent an email telling him we were on the nunt for an Christian outreach ministtry…..but he was kayaking in Sweden so no answer there. And we have a lady friend in Bucharest who runs an NGO Christian Ministry and both of her numbers resulted in no answers. So, I take away this, that God did not want me in Bucharest he wants me someplace else. Maybe thats over in Serbia, Croatia or Bosnia as they come next. I am willing to accept names and contacts in these countries if anyone knows people involved in this sort of Christian mission field.

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I did not roll away from the hotel Ibis till noon. Not because I got up so late. Rather it was my waiting on a no show UPS package (NO Christmas cookies for my UPS man Tim back in USA, since these UPS guys are Ll union and attached at the hip I think the pain should be spread universally. When one falls short they all should feel the pain) i was waiting on a new unit from Goal Zero. A nomad 50 battery pack and the larger panels so that I could have tablet power. Now we have to stop at bars and plug in foran hour or more thru the day to power back up. I have measured carefully and it takes 17.75 bottles of beer to pass one Romanian Hour. I think there are far fewer bottles of beer per hour in USA because you have to get up to pee six times in an hour. Put in 85kilometers today and are out in Alexadria region of southern Romania. Gently rolling farm ground. Nothing special but nothing terrible iether. Just watch the traffic and pedal. For supper tonight I had sausages and a new concoction……hot mustard and blue berry jam. Strait out of Cow Camp Cooking, page 98. It follows right on behind the recipe for rubbing par boiled potatoes on a salt lick to add that OutBackesque flavor. That page is one of my familys favorites.

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What tomorrow brings I do not know. But after it happens I will surely tell you if it was any fun at all. Tomorrow has arrived and I am sitting in a pine forest in Bulgaria about 39 miles over the river from Romania. I crossed the mighty Danube river on a ferry, along with 2 other cyclists. Thay are both Doctors of Enderology (thing bung holes and such ). Nice folks doing 2 weeks along the Danube. As I sit here typing and swatting mozzies, its  8.30pm, and 9 huge Klass combines just rolled past in a convoy, surprised to see that sort of equipment here. Had a great supper, finally got the nerve to fry a pork chop, turned out just fine, followed by a cup of Earl Grey and we are done.

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I have managed to stay on roads mar,ed in white, which are little wee rascals. This is wo derful for traffic concerns, but leaves much to be desired when it comes to dogs, got chased 3 times by dogs that meant business. No bites, just frayed nerves. The country here is big rolling ridges, reminds me of parts of Moldova in some ways, except these climbs are just longer with a few more curves to make it all more interesting. The villages that one passes thru are not as well off income wise as most of Romania, its pretty evident looking at houses and vehichles. One odd thing I noticed, in Romania I hardly recall seeing a Russian make vehichle such as Kamaz or Lada. But here in Bulgaria, oh my, but they come out of the wood work from cars to tractors, everything.

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So far, I have been up a little earlier than when P&I were together, so my pedaling day has about 1 more hour in it. With that extra time, I have covered a few more miles and taken a few more photos. I try to stop every 2 hours, get off and walk around…..good advice from my buddy Vladimir. At noon, I try to sit and eat at some local joint and have a conversation if at all possible. Last night, sometimearound midnight, a clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning woke me strait up in my bag of sleep. Within about 15 minutes therain was pelting the tent like it wanted to shred the outer layer on me. I had it all staked out at the corners, and guy ropes in place……so, nothing to do but lay down and go back to sleep. Got up about 6.45 and the rain was falling steady and hard. Everything was in pretty good shape really, it all got alot wetter as I tore camp down. Went as fast as I could,but just not fast enough. Skipped breakfast and hit the road. About 9am I passed thru a village and spotted a place to have coffee. Sat down to drink my coffee, 6 other folks all ready sitting around outside on bottle boxes etc…..so I just joined them. Great big fella sitting across from me says “WHERE”,  so I take it he is asking where am I from…..I proceed to tell him America. He opens his arms like giving a hug………and says “I LOFF OBAMA”. Well crap, my day was done. I got up, shook the political dust off my sa dals and moved on right then…….leftmy coffee sitting. had my rain suit on,and was as wet inside as outside,and finally the chill of riding down a big hill, and then pedaling up and getting hot all over again got to me. About 200 yards off tomy right at the top of thenexthill, was anaba doned Soviet type farm building. It was in bad shape,with trees and shrubs growing on the roof. I rode around to the backside to see if I could find a dry spot and fire up my stove to make my own darned coffee. Sure enough, there were just a few feet of floor space that was dry,enough for me……and not enough for O’Blamer.

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Spent maybe an hour getting a couple cups of tea down, and got warmed up. The rain never let up,must kept pounding the ground. 14 hours of it, and at one point my bike showed 48 degrees. Cold enough, I could not get my phone to respond to my touch…….same thing happens to my wife once in a while? Backto the phone,o ce I got myhands dry and warm everything phone wise worked just great. I made it to MONTANA, Bulgaria byabout 3.45pm so decided I would get a room and dry things out as well as charge things back up. My new Canon SX50 camera uses the battery alot quicker than my old camera and it needs a wall outlet to power it. My tablet was also dead from writing and reading at night. Pine, I repacked my bike and like it much better. Front panniers have all clothing and electronics in them. Back panniers now have tools, tent and bag of sleep in them. Which leaves me with the rackbag justfor the stove and all food. I went out on a limb, bought 4 jars (plastic jars) of peanut butter when I found it. I emptied 3 out, washed them good, and replaced contents with jam, coffee etc…….threw way everything glass…….not sure why it took so long to figger that out, and the rack bag is much lighter. Still miss you though,andhope Inever get over it. SO THAT YOU THE READER ANDFOLLLWER OF THIS BLOG UNDERSTAND, I have cussed the WordPress app to no end, becauze it is buggy inzide of a mobile Android platform……enuff to cause severe alchoholism…..promise ya! Today, we will beginmaking changes. My son Pine, has voluntered to take over posting the blogs from home on his laptop. I will send him the text and images via Evernote, and he will postit as he gets the time. The postings could be sporatic and out of sequence…….as I think there may be a women involved…….just sayin.

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About Jeremiah Watt-saddlemaker

Jeremiah is a saddle maker, a silversmith. He runs a small company manufacturing bits and spurs as well as the manufacture of saddle hardware. An avid cyclist, especially the loaded solo tour type cycling.
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12 Responses to Blog25-So long Pine and adios Bucharest

  1. Good morning Caroline, and thanks for following along. Ihopemy begtery comment was nottaken as a negative about thecamera, as it was not intended tobe that at all. My point, was that traveling as I am, a battery thatdies quicker is a peoblem. As is the case with allmodern gadget technology, they simply do/achieve more with each newupdate. Thiscamera is no different as it does more than the old. My primary deason for this particular camera version is based in 2 things, first I find that I really use the multi angle LCD screen on the back. Secondly, I wanted as much zoom S I could get with the least amont off “noise” as it is called. Do it again and I would take the newer version every time. With that said, here are 2 otherconsiderations as itregards camera,s. The Canon G16 zs I think it is called is an outstanding camera withbetter glass and larger CMOS than my camera. Last night I had supper with a mountain climber, he carries a Nikon-AW110, I seen the images and am even considering adding one right now – phenominal. Hope that helps,be well Caroline.

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  2. Hey good. Orning Bobby,weare glad to have you following along and praying for us as well. My wife had already told me much about you the other nite, I look forward to my chance to meet you in person. Till then be well,be blessedand keep praying for us.

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  3. Bobby Martin says:

    Dear Mr. Watt,
    My name is Bobby Martin. I met Pine earlier this year because I am a mutual friend of Catherine and Steven Waite – we attended Fresno Pacific University together. I was fortunate enough to be with the group up at the ranch this weekend for the first time, and was so truly blessed by Mrs. Watt’s kindness and hospitality, and the company of amazing friends. Pine shared a few stories with us all, about your adventures together (not to mention the before and after pictures of his hair and beard!), and Mrs. Watt gave us an update on your progress. I was very inspired by the journey that you have embarked on, and so I wanted to visit the blog and comment. Though I don’t know you personally, I wanted you to know that I will be praying for your continued safety as you travel. I look forward to more posts in the days and months ahead. The Lord bless you!

    Sincerely,
    Bobby

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  4. Colleen Watt says:

    Well Dear via the blog! Yes the wife does read the blog but we also talk a lot via personal message on facebook. I was blessed to have our son return to USA and to have this past weekend with many of his friends. Dear I know you miss Pine and I praise the Lord for allowing you two to have that time together! I look forward to seeing you in Crotia so ride safe and strong and WOW only 2 1/2 weeks away!! Check our Psalms 46 as it was the topic of Pastor Bruce’s message today in church and our small group bible study starts tomorrow so I will say hello to everyone from you too.

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  5. Caroline McCoy says:

    Hey there, Jeremiah, sorry I don’t get around to your blog as frequently as I would like. It is a fascinating read and I do think it should be made into a book. The quality of your photographs, from the point of the camera (and I am going to look up the Canon SX50 – because I presume you are not doing any post-processing, right?), is extraordinary. But the quality of your eye, and the way you use it, what you photograph, is exciting. You are truly an artist, in all that you do. Sorry you will have to miss Pine. It will just be a different stage of your journey. If you can answer…did you have your “old” SX50 for the first parts of your blog? With the “battery” comment, which would you now choose if you were to buy all over again, the new or the old?

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  6. Hindrik van Dijken says:

    Hello Jeremiah , blessings to you.
    We came back last night father paddle in Sweden. It was a incredible trip, drove 1000 km yesterday, so for the first time having a phone and internet again.
    I am sorry that I was not available regarding giving some info regarding ministry opportunities in Bucharest. Maybe it had to be this way. We wish you Gods strength and direction regarding the rest of your journey, and I can understand the seeking of some direction after Pine flew back to the states. It might even be where you find that your sail is missing, or the wind in the sails….so you have to take the time to regroup and find purpose and meaning. His promise is to you and me….He will never leaves us or forsake us, and He directs the steps of a righteous man…..and righteousness only comes to us true the blood of Jesus, so let Him direct you in your decisions .
    In cae, you have my email address, but for what ever reason I give you my phone numbering Holland. 31651976330. Hindrik.
    We will keep reading your blog and we will stay in touch.
    Hindrik and Manon

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  7. Started missing him as he walked thru the metal detector, still do now. The time, and the journey have been special and rewarding to us both. I know i will not forget them. We got to share in uncommon feelings and emotion in the most uncommon places and circumstances. Thats not something that everyone is willing norcapable of attaining, and for that i know i am blessed. Be well, be a blessing and hug everyone for me.

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  8. Sure does, its a memory lane sort of thing. Be well you two.

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  9. Good morning my good friend and good to hear from you. Yes, montana bulgaria……and it even looks alot like montana. I will be heading west again today, up over the mountains that divide serbia and bulgaria. Hope you are well randy, please say hello to our mutual friends for me.

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  10. Randy Rieman says:

    Friend Jeremiah ,
    Just a note to say hello and hope the joy of the adventure will trump the ” lonesum ” !! Montana , Bulgaria — who would have thought ? Thanks for sharing all this with the rest of us — it is a most wonderful gift … Press On … Randy

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  11. Jerry Holes says:

    Pine brings back your old days doesn’t he.I love it,

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  12. Neil Watt says:

    Hey Jeremiah, been reading and following along pretty faithful but not too much in the comments section. I really feel for you with Pino leaving. I kept thinking to myself, “I dont know if he realizes how much he will miss him until he spends the first day alone.” God has given you some very special time together that you will carry for a lifetime with untold value for both of you. Keep up the chin, I am sure God will smile on you in different way that you will see as you travel on. Love ya brother. nw

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