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  • Day47

    Too lazy for biking, let's go hiking

    July 15, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We had some big plans for today: Climb a lot, see a waterfall, cycle some more... But then, things changed. We climbed a bit and looked for a place to lock the bikes while hiking to the waterfall. While considering if the place was safe enough, we decided, we may as well book a guesthouse, leave the bikes there and go for a longer hike.
    We found a nice one right behind us and went for a hike. First, we walked to the waterfall which is the biggest in Romania with 90m. From here, we climbed higher to have a nice view over the valley and the Capartian mountains. At the top, we saw lots of horses. Maybe that's why the waterfall is called "Horses Waterfall"?!
    We hiked back into the valley, stopped at a café, went grocery shopping, did a short yoga session outdoors and cooked a nice potato dish for dinner which we enjoyed on the swing with mountain view.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Wunderschöne Aussicht 😊

    7/16/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Sieht fast aus wie gemalt !

    7/16/20Reply
    Jim Cochran

    Looks like you are having a great time! 😉

    7/18/20Reply
     
  • Day50

    4000km through Europe

    July 18, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    As expected, we were surrounded by fog in the morning. So we packed up our wet tent, had breakfast and hit the road. Soon, we arrived at the National Park entrance as we had taken a wrong turn. A ranger stopped us and told us we had to go back down again to get on the main road as it wouldn't be possible to cycle the trails by bike. Herbert convinced him that we can do those few hundred meters with our bikes, so the ranger let us pass with a smile on his face. Of course, this led into us pushing the bike through mud. At one section, we even had to push each bike with the two of us. But hey - we made it to the main road again without having to go back down first 😁
    The main road was actually a dirt road, so climbing was exhausting and slow. But soon, we reached an altitude above the clouds which looked awesome. Plus, there were only few cars on it, so the ride was very enjoyable.
    After some 20km, we started the descent until we reached the town of Biscaz. From here, we had to go on a busy main road before turning into a smaller valley. This was pretty cool again. Almost no cars, great landscape and a river next to the road. We had to climb on gravel again, so hard work, but the view from the top was well worth it. We decided to stop to eat something and dry our tent.
    After the climb, we could descent again. We also looked for a wild camping spot for the night. There were a few, but as it was still relatively early, we always decided to go on. When it was actually getting later and we did need a campspot, there was none anymore. Neither a campground nor a guesthouse. We checked some apps and found an indicated place about 25km and 400m of elevation gain away from us. As we didn't have much other options, we went for it and ended up on a ridge with a 360 degree view in the middle of colorful wild flowers. It could definitely be worse! 😉
    We also realized that we have already cycled more than 4000km since being back in Europe.
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    CundA aus NY

    Ihr habt hier einen malerischen Platz zum Übernachten gefunden. So schön ist Europa ...

    7/19/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Wunderschön 😍

    7/19/20Reply
    Michael Burghardt

    Sehr schöner Platz 😊 freut mich das ihr offensichtlich viel Spaß in Europa habt

    7/20/20Reply
     
  • Day53

    Little detour

    July 21, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    As the Republic of Moldova is still closed for tourism, we decided to do a little detour to the Danube delta at the Black Sea. Furthermore, the weather at the sea is usually better 😉
    But this morning, we couldn't complain as the day welcomed us with sunshine. What a difference! Our route was really scenic, lots of short climbs followed by downhills. We stopped at a waterfall, cycled on a beautiful remote dirt road, followed a couple of rivers and canyons.
    And after about 50km, everything was suddenly flat and we were in the plains of Moldova, the Romanian province that has the same name as the country. This part appears to be very poor with lots of rundown houses along the road.
    As it was pretty hot (we are almost at sea level again), we decided to have a long afternoon stop at a river. We cooked dinner and went for a bath until it was about 6pm. Then we wanted to continue cycling for 2 more hours and look for a wild campspot. But first, we had to fill up water. In Romania, many people cannot drink the water from the tab. That's why they have fountains in the villages. Good for us as we can fill up our water bottles there as well. The locals were really friendly and helped us pulling up the bucket with the wheel. Cycling in this area was fun. People shouted and kids cheered.
    Then we had to go on a main road for a few kilometers which was terrible due to the traffic. When we finally reached our turn, we were totally surprised. The street we took was full of castle-like houses and heaps of families in traditional dresses sitting in front. We have to spend some time finding out what that was... A few kilometers later, we found a spot to camp. Not as scenic as the last one, but hopefully quiet to catch some sleep.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Darf man in Rumänien offiziell wild campen ? Gilt hier auch das Jedermannsrecht ? Ich frage, weil ihr euer Zelt nicht versteckt aufbaut.

    7/22/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Hier ist campieren überall erlaubt, ausgenommen Nationalparks. Die Rumänen machen davon auch sehr viel Gebrauch.

    7/22/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Sehr sympatisch, danke 😊

    7/22/20Reply
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  • Day56

    Exploring the Danube Delta

    July 24, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Our boat trip in the Danube delta started at 6am. It's definitely the best time to see the animals. We had booked a 3 hour tour around some lakes with our campground hosts and it was absolutely fantastic! Apart from white pelicans, cormorants, a couple of eagles and kingfisher, we saw thousands of other birds. It was very impressive. Furthermore, we could observe frogs and snakes and the local fishermen. Our captain knows the area very well, so he took all the shortcuts through the high reeds which was fun. What a great experience altogether, the detour was definitely worth it!
    After we got back to the campground, we had a second breakfast and took off. We had a lunch break in a small village and as it was still early, we continued to a campground in Jurilovca. Here, we had a look at the harbour where the boats leave to bring the tourists across the lake to the Black Sea. Afterwards, we decided to give ourselves a treat and went to a restaurant for dinner. We ordered fish for the taste and pizza for the calories and tried the local wine. Before going to bed, we cycled to a nearby cape to see the sunset and had a beer with our camp neighbours, a Belgium couple with 3 kids.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Fantastisch❤

    7/26/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Ein tolles Erlebnis, so am frühen Morgen! Es war bestimmt durch die vielen Vögel auch nicht sehr still.

    7/26/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Schöne Bilder wieder, auch von euch. Bin gespannt wo es weitergeht 😊

    7/26/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Die Vögel haben es gut mit uns gemeint und nicht ganz so laut "gebrüllt" 😁

    7/27/20Reply
     
  • Day63

    40 km trail heavily loaded

    July 31, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Time for some bike fun! Radu had recommended to take a mountain bike trail from Viscri to Sigishoara. And as there were some exit options, we decided to try what our bikes are capable of. The trail was absolutely wonderful! Even with our fully loaded bikes, we very much enjoyed riding the narrow trail through the forest and passed meadows. So we ignored all of the exit options and rode all the 40km until we got back to civilisation and arrived in Sigishoara.
    The city has a picturesque historic center with its famous clock tower. Houses are colorful and well maintained and you can do a lot of exploring by wandering along the small streets. There's also a restaurant in a house where Lord Dracula live for some years, but it's quite pricey. We are lucky we got to this place in Corona times as we can only imagine how packed with tourists it is in a normal year.
    After having spent the afternoon in Sigishoara, we continued to Saez where we could stay with Andreas. We spent the evening with him and a couple of his neighbors listening to some stories about communist times, fishing, the flight to West Germany and the relationship between Romanians and Germans.
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    CundA aus NY

    Das sieht nach einer tollen Strecke aus

    8/1/20Reply
    Johann Kuhlmann

    Die Strecke sieht äußerst interessant aus

    8/4/20Reply
     
  • Day66

    The legendary Transfăgărășan

    August 3, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Our strategy to leave early to avoid the traffic worked out nicely! At 5:45am, we were on the road and for the first 2 hours, we saw almost no car. It was still cold though, but as we had to climb continuously, we got warm soon. After half of the climb, we stopped for a coffee and our second breakfast before cycling the most interesting and mountainous part of the famous Transfăgărășan: 15 turns of 180 degrees winding up to an elevation of 2000m. As we started at about 500m, we had an elevation gain of 1500m which we managed in under 4 hours, mainly with strong headwinds.
    It was really cold at the top and very touristy, too. By now, the car drivers had woken up as well, so we had to share the place with quite some people when we had our third breakfast at the lake.
    Our plan was to stay at a hostel and go hiking tomorrow. However, when we ask for a room, they told us they were closed because of current "conditions". That's actually the first time on this trip, that we are affected by the Corona measures.
    We could have stayed at a hotel or one of the campspots further down, but as it was too touristy and as we are spoilt by hiking options in the Alps, we decided to descend. The 30km downhill was very scenic and we enjoyed it a lot. The only downside was the rising amount of cars, but at least the vast majority was still coming uphill at this time.
    We arrived at a lake where we could turn into a nice and quiet dirt road. Good to be away from the traffic again! The lake ends with an enormous dam, looking down was impressive. From here, we only had to cycle another 5km in order to get to a campground. Not that nice, but it had a (cold) shower and an electric fence to keep the bears outside.
    We also passed some milestones. Since starting our trip in September last year, we've cycled 20.000km and climbed 200km 💪
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum nächsten Meilenstein 👍 ihr seid Kämpfer 😃

    8/3/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Wunderschöne Landschaften💗

    8/3/20Reply
    Johann Kuhlmann

    Großartig.

    8/3/20Reply
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  • Day67

    The bear foot trail

    August 4, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    When we woke up today, we decided to have breakfast at the next minimarket as it was really windy and cold at the campground and there was no corner to hide from the wind. At the market, we had a coffee and wanted to eat our bread, but it was moldy. The market didn't have bread, so we had to continue to the next one. Here, we were lucky as the bread delivery van had just arrived.
    Afterwards, we took a trail through the forest. On the map, it looked like a hiking trail, but we don't mind a bit of pushing and definitely prefer 8km on a quiet forest trail compared to 40km on the busy main road. The first part of the trail was ok. We had to push a couple of steep sections, but could cycle most of it. We had to pass a pasture through a gate, but like in the Alps, this is not a big deal. When we met the cowherd, he explained to us how to get to the village on the other side of the hill. But as he spoke Romanian, we didn't understand much and trusted on our GPS.
    Then, the "fun" part started. Our GPS showed a trail, that didn't exist in reality. We followed some traces that looked like a trail, but didn't exist on the map. We also just pushed and cycled between the trees to kind of match the GPS trail. At some stage, we arrived at a path we could cycle for 1 or 2km, so that's what we did. But it got worse and worse with more and more sections to push or even carry the bikes. We saw lots of signs for bears like footprints and bear poo, but no sign of civilisation. The trail ended at a meadow with a deserted hut and really high grass. We looked for a way out, but no chance. So we had to go back the terrible way we came. Once back at a known intersection, we tried a different turn. This time, we were more lucky. Not a good trail, but after some more pushing and carrying the bikes we got back on our trail in civilisation. Instead of 8km, we spent 20km in the forest and about 4 hours! We were totally exhausted and hungry.
    However, even though there were houses, we couldn't find a store to buy food. So we continued on our route. We had to climb 250m on gravel first, but were then rewarded by a really long downhill through some remote villages and a beautiful valley. Afterwards, we had a 10km section on a main road. The scenery was spectacular, but the road was way to busy to be able to enjoy it. When we could finally turn onto a smaller road, we were happy to find a supermarket where we had our "lunch" at 4pm. As we were tired, we started looking for a place to stay for the night and found a camping sign just at the end of the village. It was actually a festival ground on the weekend, but the manager let us camp there and use the facilities.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Das ist ja ein spannender Bericht heute und für euch ein anstrengender Tag ! Bären 😱 Ende gut, alles gut !!👍

    8/4/20Reply
    Elisa Köppl

    Bigfoot? 🤭🐾

    8/5/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Schuhgröße 41,5 aber extrabreit 😉

    8/5/20Reply
    Claudia Wegener

    🙈

    8/5/20Reply
     
  • Day69

    Transalpina

    August 6, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    It was very cold when we got on the bikes only 6°C. Our goal was to cycle Transalpina, the second famous panoramic mountain road in Romania. Our strategy was to start early and beat the traffic, so we were on the road by 7am.
    We had to climb from 1300m to 2100m. And the climb at Transalpina was definitely harder than the one at Transfaragashan, steeper with an average of 7% elevation gain plus really nasty headwinds coming from the top of the mountains. However, on the way up we had the road pretty much to ourselves.
    At the top, we stopped for a coffee. A German speaking gentleman saw us and offered us a Palinka to warm up. We had a nice chat about our biketour. The lady who sold the coffee also brought me a blanket when she saw the goosebumps on my legs - it was damn cold and windy up there...
    But the views were stunning. Compared to the Transfaragashan, the Transalpina was less spectacular as you couldn't see all the turns from above. But we liked it a lot because it seems more natural.
    On the way down, we were happy to have started early, because many many cars came driving up the road. The downhill was relatively steep and fast and the winds made it challenging. Within less than 30km, we were back at 500m where we followed a rolling, slightly descending road for the last 45km to Targu Jiu. As it was now over 35°C, it was quite exhausting. In the city, we treated ourselves to a guesthouse, did some laundry and visited the city. Apart from 3 sculptures, the Kissing Gate, the Table of Silence and the Infinity Column, it wasn't too intersting, so we went back to the guesthouse, cooked dinner and went to bed early.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Wieder eine atemberaubende Landschaft💗Im nächsten Jahr könnt ihr die Tour de france mitfahren,so wie ihr trainiert seid 😉

    8/6/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Eine Etappe würden wir vielleicht schaffen. Danach brauchen wir Doping 😉

    8/6/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    😆

    8/6/20Reply
    A C

    Ist Palinka Doping? 🤔😉

    8/6/20Reply
    Jim Cochran

    Way to go! You both always look great and happy! 😀❤️🚲🚴🏻‍♂️🌸

    8/7/20Reply
     
  • Day71

    Danube Iron Gate

    August 8, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    In the morning, we followed the canyon road into the village of Baile Herculane. On the way, we passed some public mineral spas that were crowded already as lots of people slept in their cars right next to them and were awake even in these early hours.
    Baile Herculane is a holiday place and kind of surprised us. There are lots of old buildings of Roman architecture, but most of them are sadly in decay. Instead, some huge ugly hotels were built where people stayed.
    After 10km, we had to go on a very busy main road. Luckily, the wind was on our side and we could go fast. In Orsova, we had a coffee and breakfast break at a gas station where we met a Greek cyclist.
    We now cycled along the Danube which forms the border between Serbia and Romania at this section. The valley is beautiful as it's relatively narrow and very green on both sides. Unfortunately, it's no fun cycling as the traffic is bad with lots of trucks.
    When we could finally turn off the main road after 70km, we were happy and stopped for a cold drink in the first village. The men were nice, invited us to a coffee and showed us proudly the 6 puppies in their backyard. One of them spoke German and we had an interesting discussion about old and current times in that village. They also complained about reckless Romanian drivers and people leaving their rubbish behind, 2 things we don't appreciate either.
    We continued for another 40km or so through a pretty deserted region. In Prislov, we stopped to check out our sleeping options. Herbert also picked plums from the tree next to the road. A car stopped and the driver signaled him to follow him as he has more and better plums in his garden. Some minutes later, Herbert came back with a bag full of juicy plums. Then another car stopped and the driver, Sorin, asked if he could help us. We asked if he knew a place to sleep - either a guesthouse or campspot - and he offered us to sleep at hat s friend's place just one block away. So we went to Constantin's house who had a spare guestroom which is really rare in Romania. The 2 guys showed us the bathroom before leaving for the next 3 hours to do grocery shopping in the next bigger city.
    Meanwhile, we had a shower and cooked dinner. We tried a Polenta dish for a change as Polenta has the best calories to weight ratio. It was actually pretty yummy!
    When Sorin and Constantin came back, we had some beers and lots of discussions. Sorin also took us for a short drive to the Danube to watch the sunset at border triangle of Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.
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    Martina Selle

    Wunderschöne Fotos, grossartige Radtour. Viel Spaß und Glück weiterhin.

    8/9/20Reply
    Petra Deeg-Brockhage

    Postkartenidylle. Wie wunderschön!!! Es ist echt spannend, eure Berichte zu lesen. Danke dafür und weiterhin viel Spaß ....... Petra

    8/10/20Reply
     
  • Day60

    Lord Dracula

    July 28, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Today, we headed to the city of Brasov. The first part of the route was nice, a very scenic route along a lake. In the morning, there was only few traffic, so we enjoyed the ride. Unfortunately, it got busier and less interesting, the closer we got to the city.
    In Brasov, we could leave our luggage at Radu's and Mihaela's, our hosts for the night. We wanted to see the famous "Dracula Castle" in Bran. In order to get there, Radu recommended to take a shuttle bus to the local ski resort, enjoy a scenic downhill and then follow the main road to the castle. So that's what we did.
    The castle looked pretty cool from the outside. But there were definitely too many tourists from our point of view. So we didn't go inside and just took a couple of photos from the outside before heading back to Brasov on the terribly busy main road.
    Back at our hosts, Radu cooked a yummy risotto for dinner. Afterwards, he gave us a tour through the beautiful historic centre and took us to the best icecream place. Brasov is a really cool town: old buildings, lots of cafés and restaurants, many people on the roads and especially because it's right next to the mountains!
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Bin begeistert von euren Bildern !!

    8/3/20Reply
     

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