Romania
Romania

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  • Day99

    Crowded beaches

    August 12 in Romania

    After breakfast at the camping ground with Mark and Laura, the three of us continued to Constantas holiday resort Marmaia. In Marmaia, the beaches are so much crowded with people that it is stunning. So many people on such a little bit of sand. The panorama is full of naked flesh, hotel bunkers and chemical industry park. The air smells of gasoline. However, it is nice to have a swim. But for sure, we'll continue south tomorrow.Read more

  • Day90

    Hitting Danube again!

    August 3 in Romania

    Today was hot. We had to cycel roads with heavy traffic. We are a bit terrified by the cars overtaking from the other direction and who do not bother if there are cyclists or not. That is how the dogs here must feel... Nevertheless, we managed to make it to Hardova where we hit the Danube again and can follow the EuroVelo 6 to the black sea. In the apartment we meet a nice French couple (one is already in pension) that also cycel from Vienna to Constanta. Nice to know that it can be possible with older age, too!Read more

  • Day91

    Worst thing today:
    Aggressive tall dog bit a hole in Jos bag (a tiny one from his tooth BUT still!) The best deescalation strategy, we experienced so far, is to stop and wait until the dogs get bored and then walk past them instead of cycling. This did not work today as Jo saw the dog too late and the dog saw Jo too late and Jo was already fully in 'the dogs territory'. So he attacked the bag. At least only the bag!

    Weirdest feeling today:
    We crossed two quarantine areas with disinfection carpets when entering and leaving villages. The police made sure that any horse, any car and anybody crossed the carpet. Reason for this is the "African svine fever"(ASP). This virus started to infect wild pigs and is an epidemic that ends mostly deadly for the animal. Infected pigs have been found in Poland, Latvia, Hungary, Ukraine and Romania in 2018. Already 45.000 pigs had to be killed on a farm nearby. Several infected pigs have been found in villages in this Romanian area. End of June 2018, infected pigs have been found in Braila itself. It's an akward feeling and a high economic risk for the pork industry. That it why officials are very alarmed and take preventive controls with the disinfection carpets.

    Best three things today:
    First, landscapes are beautiful again! Many sand dunes, lakes, animals everywhere, Danube Delta starts to show its best side. Second, we had the perfect timing to just hit the ferry to Braila. Third, we found a large and nice apartment so far and had homemade Risotto. Award for 100km tour :)

    Most unpleasant experience:
    Doing one's business in nature is one thing. But I'd not recommend to decide for a place next to stagnant water... After 10 seconds, around 200 mosquitos were all over my body. When I was looking down my leg, it was covered by mosquitos!! After a panic attack and the fastest business ever done, I fled to the bike and to the sun and after killing at least 20 mosquitos, I still was left with more than 50 stitches. Aaarg.
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  • Day86

    Moving on

    July 30 in Romania

    We decide for a bit of sightseeing and to continue already in the early afternoon.

    Parliament in a closer look is just incredible large. Almost as large as the building is also the local market.

    It takes us about 25km to leave the city and its noisy traffic. Then, the rest of the day is nonstop cycling.

    In average, every ten km, we pass a dead rotten body of a dog on the street. In Bucharest, we did not see many stray dogs. There should be still around 50.000 in the capitol and some of them using even crosswalks and traffic lights. However, in the villages outside, there are plenty of wild dogs to meet. Most of them are peaceful. Between 2013 to 2014 the law allowed to kill them. But it did not help the problem. Our host told us that today the dogs are caught and brought outside of Bucharest. The best method so far seems to be a systematic castration by the animal protection organizations. Unfortunately, this is underfunded.

    At our destination town, we head to the cheapest option (and tent is no option as rain still forecasted). Luckily, this is a hotel villa including pool and luxury interior. Good place to relax.
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  • Day95

    Film festival

    August 8 in Romania

    Today, we met Jürgen. He is traveling with his airplaine! We liked the idea very much and had our second breakfist together with him sharing our stories. He called the airplaine his "flying bike" :)

    We shortly visited the lighthouse and in the heat of the day we cycled 35km on small pathes next to one of the river streams. Normal people use the boat...That is why our bikes suffered from a lot of stones, we suffered from sandy parts and we had to walk trough water. Jos water holder broke off and made a hole in the plastic bottle. First thing to repair. However, we saw many animals when we had some minutes without being eaten by mosqitos.

    In Sfântu Georghe, we stay on a great camping village with large chillout areas and beach volleyball fields. Right after arrival Wi found a pin in her back wheel! Shit, this is the first flat tire of the trip. At least it did not happen in the nowhere but only next to the tent. The 15th international film festival takes place right here these days and we stay at least two nights.
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  • Day97

    Energizing

    August 10 in Romania

    We went to the beach, played volleyball, watched more movies, got to know nice people, hung out and relaxed - today was a real holiday.
    Full of fresh energy, we continue our trip and need to catch the boat at 7 a.m. tomorrow to head south!

  • Day47

    Across the border

    August 12 in Romania

    By our superior smarts or blind luck , we left the major highway just before border and wound back thru small towns to a small border crossing with one guard, he sent us off the side and went into his shack and looked at vehicle registration and our passports after about ten minutes he came back to van stuck paperwork in the window and said bye bye. Off we went back to interstate, then after a bit this very nice interstate stopped at a mountain and the goat trail trek over the hill ensued , if u have never done it there is no possible way to describe driving over a mountain on a goat trail in an 18 foot van being pushed by the locals, no restrooms, u go flying by folks taking care business on roads edge, what a ride, we made it over and back on interstate needed a break, pic is from porch were we stopped for lunch. All I thought going over the mountain (I drove) was oh my gosh we gotta do this again in 13 days. On to the next goat trail we go. Lunch picture chicken with mushrooms, mushrooms, and fries with homemade bread, I keep getting biggerRead more

  • Day47

    btgog we made it

    August 12 in Romania

    We made it to the contest site and locked the van inside the secure area, if it ain’t nailed down it will grow legs and vanish. The first goat trail was a warm up for many more” I had asked Stan if there were any mountains to cross””he said no “ no more trusting Stan on topography. I will load several posts of pictures from Romania portion of this 1000 mile journey.Read more

  • Day49

    Dinner and tv

    August 14 in Romania

    I had to fight my way thru the gypsies to get some KFC but it was worth it “finger lickin good as colonel sanders says” I got bucket of chicken and two fanta. the drinks here taste so good must b real sugar. There is also pic of tv, all I can get is fuzz, may hAve to send up a flare, I can hear english but no picture. Tomorrow is 2 more practice flights and opening ceremonies, boys are flying well,Read more

  • Day59

    The end

    August 24 in Romania

    Four flights done, a few medals and an adventure complete here, now me and Richard drive 1500 kilometers to Czech Republic to disassemble and crate the planes, what a well run contest, the judging was fair always seemed to come out as expected or little better, Aaron had questionable point today that two judges hard zeroed, that video review is tough, it was hard call , looked like a real big roll rate change but they called it a point, we protested as team to keep it honest but jury upheld hard zero. They are always looking for a way to sink the battleship if given opportunity . Gold medal for Aaron , two bronze medal for Matt and team got silver overall. I would have loved to be at banquet when played national anthem for that gold medal.Read more

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