Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

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    He has a 48 hour lay over here and so staying the extra day worked all round. He had got the scoop from the flight attendants on the hip and happening spots in the city and our favorite was the Szimpla kert Ruin Pub.

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Budapest-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Budapest-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    This is a memorial to those shot on the banks of the Danube by Arrow cross militiamen

    "The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial to honor the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.”

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    That done we headed back north initially to Budakeszi in a fair amount of traffic.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 21.36.30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Once we started towards Pilisszentkereszt it thinned out.

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Finally you enter the park and the road was narrow and winding thru the trees. At Esztergom you hit the Danube again and we ran south along it to the village of Visegrad where you can get the ferry across for about 4 E each. It runs every hour and was just returning to our side when we pulled up. It is a barge pulled across the strong current of the river by a tub boat and so not a true ferry in that sense.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 21.38.02 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    On the other side you arrive to the village of Nagymaros and then follow the river on the other bank for a while before heading north east to Felesotold our destination near to Holloko.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 21.38.37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    On the way you pass hundreds of fields of corn and sun flowers.

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara Pics-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hungary-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    From near to Holloko we went south a short way and then east and into the parks.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 21.40.46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Part of the route we took was an unmarked crossroad thru the trees. We saw mostly people fishing and picking mushrooms. The road was paved once and is still pretty good, but just off the centre track it is deep bog and very slippery.

    [​IMG]Sara CC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Hungary by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Feel like your going Mad sometimes?

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    Once we got back to the more major road we knew we were on the right track since there was a steady stream of Saturday bikers coming towards us. Also when you get to some intersections there are big signs that say bikers this way with an arrow. The best part of the road was after Sirok and until Lillafured thru the Bukki Nemzeti Park. This is a great narrow curvy road thru a dense forest.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 20.38.46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    From here we routed thru Miskolc and to the wine region around Tokaj. Wine has been made here since BC, but its fame is mostly because of Tokaji aszú wine, the world's oldest botrytized wine.

    “Noble rot is the beneficial form of a grey fungus, Botrytis cinerea, affecting wine grapes. Infestation by Botrytis requires moist conditions. If the weather stays wet, the damaging form, "grey rot," can destroy crops of grapes. Grapes typically become infected with Botrytis when they are ripe. If they are then exposed to drier conditions and become partially raisined this form of infection brought about by the partial drying process is known as noble rot. Grapes when picked at a certain point during infestation can produce particularly fine and concentrated sweet wine.”

    [​IMG]Hungary-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Then we rode south west to the small town of Tiszadob. To get here you had to cross the river on a small cable ferry. We stayed in a traditional Hungarian house with a straw roof.

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    [​IMG]Sara CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Hungary-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hungary-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Hungary is a nice country. It is very clean. The people are friendly and the drivers are very courteous. They have Goulash which is very delicious!!

    "Goulash is a soup or stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating from the medieval Kingdom of Hungary, goulash is also a popular meal in Central Europe, Scandinavia and Southern Europe"
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    You pass the old and defunct Hungarian border control booths and then pass the welcome to Romania sign before you get to the new border controls. Despite both Hungary and Romania being in the EU there is passport control for the Schengen zone, which Romania is outside of. So not sure why the Hungarian official wanted the bike title, but she did and they exit stamped the passports of course. For Romania they stamped us in, but did not care about the bike papers, and neither wanted to see our green card insurance. They were quite keen to look at our route map on the pannier and all the country flags.

    [​IMG]Sara CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Entering Romania at Arad there are a lot of grand avenues and buildings. We continued from here onto Timisoara.

    [​IMG]Sara CC-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    We did a bit of a walking tour of the city. The most interesting was the Orthodox Cathedral. Inside the men stood at the right wall and the women the left. The singing of the priest was particularly good and broadcast outside on the load speakers. The church itself is very ornate.

    [​IMG]Romania-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Romania-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Romania-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    This town could be anywhere in Europe and feels more European than many other places we have been. After a good night sleep with some well deserved air con we were on the road early as we wanted to make some miles to get into the Carpathian foothills.

    [​IMG]Romania-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    On the way there is a huge rock sculpture.

    “The rock sculpture of Decebalus is a 42.9 m in height and 31.6 m in width carving in rock of the face of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, who fought against the Roman emperors Domitian and Trajan to preserve the independence of his country, which corresponded to modern Romania. The sculpture was made between 1994 and 2004, on a rocky outcrop on the river Danube, at the Iron Gates, which form the border between Romania and Serbia. It is located near the city of Orșova in Romania.”

    [​IMG]Romania-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    We turned north again at Moldova Veche and here the road is a good windy mountain crossing in dense forest. This is the first country we have been in that the GPS routing is a real problem. Despite putting waypoints on your road of choice the Montanas just will not route. It is weird especially since the road signs clearly indicate that This way is the correct path to your destination. Because of this we were thankful for the paper map and road signs.


    The “one horse” town or Oravita is old school Soviet era buildings.

    [​IMG]Romania by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The forecast has gone from nice all week to rain and thunder for the next 2 days. This will require some alteration to the plan as we do not want bad weather for the Transalpina and Transfagarisan roads.
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    Today it was almost a straight shot east from Oravita to Novaci at the base of the Transalpina road.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 21.17.35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The first part is on a narrow windy mountain road. It was a bit drizzly and fairly foggy, but at least there was little traffic. This goes thru the Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National park.


    [​IMG]Sara CC-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    You then hit the main road for 20 km and take the road to Targu Jiu. The GPS will not route this way for some reason. This is also a small windy road thru the Domogied-Volea National Park, which has a lot of thermal springs.The road then crosses more farm like lands and you get to the Carpathian foothills.


    [​IMG]Sara CC-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    The Town of Novaci has little to offer besides a launching spot for the famous road.

    [​IMG]Romania-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had originally planned to go up the Transalpina and back to Curtea de Arges to the start of the Tranfagarasan so we could go up and back there and then to Bucharest the next day. When we arrived to Novaci there were black storm cloud covering the mountains and it made no sense to attempt the mountain pass today. Plan B was to do two passes in two days, but decided if we awoke to a nice day we would try to do both in one day (340 km , but a 10 hour trip) since the forecast is not that good in the next few days.

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    The pension we stayed at also ran a bakery and they delivered fresh baked loves to us!

    [​IMG]Romania by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Romania-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We got our wish and woke up to a very nice sunny day. Starting out north up the Transalpina there are wide sweeping switchbacks that get tighter as you go higher.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 18.56.23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Romania-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Sara CC-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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