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Arefu

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  • 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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  • Day5

    Hinter dem Pass

    August 26, 2019 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    ...geht es wieder runter, wer hätte das gedacht! Der Ausblick war erstmal nicht so spektakulär wie auf der anderen Seite, dafür gab es Schafherden mit Hirten, und weiter unten im Tal führt die Straße über den Vidraru-Staudamm - wow!
    Dummerweise war uns erst auf dem Weg nach oben aufgefallen, dass jetzt bestimmt erst mal eine Weile keine Tankstelle kommt, wir aber eigentlich bald tanken sollten, um unserem Benzinpumpen-Problem vorzubeugen. Prompt hatte Liese am Fuße der Berge dann auch gestottert, sich zum Glück aber schnell wieder von allein eingekriegt.
    Auf der anderen Seite ging es ja zum Glück erstmal spritgünstig bergab, allerdings dauerte es eine ganz schöne Weile, ehe die Zivilisation wieder begann. Und als wir jubelnd zur ersten Tankstelle einbogen, erwartete uns dort an der einzigen Zapfsäule ein Schild: "No avem Benzina".
    Liese hielt allerdings tapfer durch, und bald kam die nächste Tankstelle in Sicht, wo wir dann auch wirklich auftanken konnten. Da es so langsam dunkel wurde und wir genug für heute geschafft hatten, suchten wir uns danach eine Pension am Wegesrand - und duschten endlich mal wieder!
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  • Day6

    Rain challenge!

    August 26, 2019 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Auf dem zweithöchsten Pass Rumäniens lauern Erdrutsche und ein Sintflutregen mit Hagel durchsetzt auf uns....Tankanzeige negativ, aber das muss nicht stimmen 😎

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