That night the temperature dropped to a new low, and Jodie ended up wearing four pairs of trousers plus equal amounts of clothing on his upper half - including a jacket and fleece. I on the other hand, was the opposite - I haven't mentioned this before as I thought it would go away quickly, but I've had some sort of insect, maybe bed bugs biting me for the last six weeks. It's been driving me wild, and to top it off I've recently gained some kind of prickly heat thing, which means the skin on my stomach and arms is roasting. Not just a little bit, but I feel like I'm actually on fire. So that night, on one side of the tent was Jodie, wearing most of the clothes he has with him, and his sleeping bag engulfing him so much that I can't even see him. While on the other side, I'm laying in my boxers and t-shirt, hugging my water bottle that had now frozen completely to solid ice.
We've been barked at all the way since we set off from Cornwall. Up until now though the dogs have always been on leads or behind fences or something. It still can be scary as hell though - the worst is when you're in a massive day-dream, cycling along and deep in thought about what might happen in the next episode of 'The Walking Dead', or if there really are aliens out there somewhere, or maybe just trying to put a number on how many chickens there are in the world at this exact point in time...Then suddenly, out of nowhere, just when you've decided that there'd probably be around 10 billion chickens alive right now, a huge German Shepherd launches at the fence you're just skimming past and crashes into it barking and growling at you like mad. I normally jump a mile when that happens, and then shout lots of nasty words at the dog in the heat of the moment.
Serbia however, would prove a new test - and sure enough, around 15 seconds after getting our passports stamped, and just cycling away from the border control we had a loose dog running at us - luckily a small one, so it was more funny than scary.
Three days and a couple more dog-chases later, we arrived in the capital - Belgrade, which is where we are now. We've spent two nights in a hostel here that's virtually empty, so it's been easy to relax. We've just cooked a huge pasta/vegetable/meat dish using all the food we bought from Belgrade's biggest market earlier in the day. So we're fueled and ready to go again tomorrow. The Serbians have been fantastic and some of the friendliest people so far.