Romania and Ukraine 2013

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by jesperd, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. novack

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    Hello

    Thanks for your input.
    I'm not certain about dates at the moment. The initial plan is to travel from north to south at the very end of August, then to Montenegro and back to north a week or so later.

    Which month You've been at Transfagarasan and what was the weather there?
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  2. jesperd

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    We were there on June 8th 2012. The weather was great, temp at the top was about 10 Celcius. Not much snow and the roads were cleared from what was left. The link will take you to the Transfagarasan section 9 minutes into to clip.

    http://youtu.be/KXumWbidtxE?t=9m

    There are lots of other great videos on youtube, I guess you already know :-)

    You won't have any problems with the roads in August (at least now with snow).
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  3. excTC

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    Jesperd

    I am planning a ride at the same time and place and would be keen to ride with you at least in part if it can work out. Your style of riding sounds similar. I would be leaving from Poland about the same time. My planning is basically a start date and south at this stage. I would need to get a Ukraine visa.
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  4. jesperd

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    Sounds great! Let's talk more to see if we can work it out :-) I'll send you a PM.

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  5. exotesthrasouden

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    excTC would be great to have an addition on the trip!!! Hopefully works out. We'd both search for a couple more riders but there are not too many people that are keen on taking 3 weeks of vacation for a motorbike trip, those folks are inmates here.
    Ryan
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  6. Tigly

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    Hi Jesperd,

    The 701D is a nice choice! Also called the "Strategic Road", it follows the mountain ridge (Latoritzei Mountains). West to East is a good approach for a big bike. I've done the road East to West on a KTM 450 and I was thinking that it would have been quite a challenge to go on some up-hills with my KTM 950. But when you descend, it should be much easier. There are several ways down from the ridge but you can go all the way East until the ridge ends.
    There's another nice road, following a valley not a ridge. You reach this road by continuing on Transalpina (South to North), passing the 7A paved road, and then turning East after some 20 kms. It's a road that goes to Lake Negovanu and then the town of Sadu and Olt Valley. All gravel from Transalpina to Sadu.
    If you need more details about Tabla Butii and the possible gravel roads around there, let me know, I rode the KTM 950 in lots of nice places there.
    Cheers
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  7. jesperd

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    Tigly, this really good information. If snow is a problem, the Lake Negovanu road sounds like a great alternative to 701D.

    On Tabla Butii, I was looking if there were some options that would take us east towards Lake Sinu? Right now our route will take us all the way to Intosura Bazaului only to head South along the 10.

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  8. Tigly

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    I just checked with a friend who was there last year and apparently there is a forest road which can take you East straight to Lake Siriu. As you come from Cheia to Pasul Boncuta (the road that takes you to Intorsura Buzaului) you turn right at PAsul Boncuta, climb to Tabla Butii (This part I have done with the big KTM). After Tabla Butii there will be a ramification to the left from the ridge road (apparently it's a newly cut road through the forest, so it may not show in old maps). You go down and follow the road to a valley (This part I have not done). The road will meet in a T junction another gravel road and you go left. Then just follow the road and it will take you straight at the lower end of LAke Siriu (This part I have done too).
    My friend will try to send me a map tomorrow and then I will forward it to you.

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  9. jesperd

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    Tigly, did you by any chance get some information from your friend? There seems to be some tracks on OpenStrettMaps.org, but I'm not sure if those are the ones you are referring to :-)
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  10. Tigly

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    Jesperd, sorry for the late reply. My friend sent me the files but the download link expired, while I was travelling. Should I ask again for them, can you still use them?
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  11. Victor Ukraine

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  12. KTM Deano

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    We are heading out to Ukraine from the UK around May 16th going via Bulgaria, so we will be coming into Ukraine from the south west heading towards Odessa.
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  13. KTM Deano

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  14. jesperd

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    That's the route we took as well, a couple of kilometers through Moldova. A bit time consuming. No problems, just long paperwork processing time.
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  15. KTM Deano

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    Okay thanks. I know the borders are just hit and miss depending on who is working on the day. Travelled across by foot a few times.
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