Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    On the descent you come out of the clouds to more spectacular views. The road continues north winding thru the valleys. The road surface is intermittently smooth as silk, patchy, and pot holed where large patches have been removed for repairs. At Obarsia Lotrului there are a few stalls and we managed to find a sticker.


    [​IMG]Sara CC-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    From here you continue to Sebes and then there is a 100 Km stretch on the highway to make some time and get east to the 7C/Transfagarisan highway.


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

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    You ride across the plain to see the Carpathians rising infant of you. Here we saw a steady stream of bikers, but not as many as we expected.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 18.58.01 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Sara CC-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The ride starts again with some sweeping switchbacks, which tighten as you rise. There is some traffic including sheep jams.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 18.58.58 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Most of the rest of the ride south is along the river valley and for a long way to circumnavigate half of the huge lake.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 20.22.36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We arrived to the Camping Arges about 7 pm and set up camp. This is a nice little private camp spot with great facilities including a full kitchen, a washer and dryer! We camped under the fruit trees and awoke to another nice day.

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

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

    [​IMG]Romania-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a short 150 km to the capital of Bucharest. We planned to not do much here, but rest for 2 days and relax before the final few weeks this year. We have a month and 5 countries left to go.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 19.03.22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sara CC-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Sara CC-37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    To be honest its too hot, Bucharest is not that nice and we are exhausted. So we spent 2 days not doing much besides getting the clothes and suits to the laundry mat, sleeping, and catching up on season 6 of game of Thrones!!

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

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

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

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

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    It was also very hot so we did not feel the need to venture out until after 6 pm except to get our clothes and very stinky riding shuts to the laundromat. Romania is a bit rough around the edge and does not have a European feel about it. The drivers are impatient, aggressive, and pass in unbelievably dangerous locations especially for ultrapassing a line of cars/trucks. In general we are a bit disappointed in Romania. I think we had built it up to much from all we had heard about how amazing the riding is. Now the Transaalpina and Transfagarisan are nice, but they are not the Gavia, Stelvio, or Grossglockner. Between the interesting bits there is just tons of traffic and not much else over large distances.
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    From the capital we wanted to make some tracks back to the north, but did want to stop by to see Bran or Dracula’s castle. We took the “main road”, which is a dual lane road thru many small towns. There was an almost 10 km stretch of cars where the road goes to 1 lane where traffic is essentially stopped. Passing on the right of the right lane was hard as there was little room and a deep ditch as well. Finally we had to pass the left lane on the left in the oncoming lane and cut back in when we could this worked well for a while, but in the end we lost 2 hours to traffic today. Driving thru Bran was also 1 lane and mobbed with Saturday tourists.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 21.59.18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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


    We did a drive by and then headed back on the secondary access, which is partly gravel.

    [​IMG]Romania_-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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

    [​IMG]Bran Romania-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Luckily we had the GPS coords of the campground at Sovata and we pulled in there about 630. We had a nice spot under a big apple tree. This spot has pretty good facilities. We were very hot and very thirsty. I saw another camper with beer bottles he was returning and asked if he spoke English. He did not, but when i asked where he got the beer he said he would get us some while he was there. Fantastic we had beer delivery for tent set up! We met Andy and Vanessa traveling in their Yellow WV van and they invited us over to share a bottle of real Champagne! We had a pretty good night with only a few apples dropping on the tent in the night!!

    [​IMG]Romania_-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Today we are going to ride north and east to the Bicaz gorge between Gheorgheni and Bicaz and then north thru Borca to Vatra Dornei.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 22.00.37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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

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

    The road surface today was mostly pretty bad. Along the route there are several tourist towns where there are thermal springs. The gorge was a slot canyon packed with tourists.

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Dornei Romania CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    The 650 has just not been handling normally for the last 2 days. I just could not figure out exactly what the issue was. After a couple of hours of very rough paved road and about 60 km from our destination the rear shock on the 650 did not feel at all good. We pulled right over and it was spewing oil and was totally blown! %$#@!!


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

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

    We headed to the campground and as it looks like rain and they have very cheap nice cabins (50 ron= 13$) we booked onto one. There was no wifi so we walked to the center and the first restaurant we found was packed and had great wifi. Here we sent off some mails and pleas for assistance. We found the nearest large EU and Schengen city is Kosice Slovakia 470 km away and so we are headed there. They at least have a KTM shop and hopefully can help us out. We can remove the shock look at what it needs and ship it to Madrid to DMX if worse comes to worse. This does kibosh the plan a bit since we were headed east to Moldova and not west again. If we can get this fixed and not loose more than a week we will back track thru the south of the Ukraine to Moldova and then to kiev, Liviv and to Krakow. This likely means we do not have time for much else in Poland, the rest of Slovakia, and the Czech republic. The later 2 are not a big deal as they are on the route south next year to Armenia…. Time is running out this year as we have to be in Leipzig in 28 days.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Good news today we had reply from my HU and ADV posts and both recommended K-moto in Kosice and fellow rider Bevin in Slovakia has set up the contact. This is what can happen when you order breakfast and do not speak the language. We ordered one omelet with cheese and one with cheese and mushrooms. At least we got the two cappuccinos.

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

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    Today we will go about half way to Kosice Slovakia and we will try to stick to the smoother main roads. The sky continues to look threatening, but so far no rain.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 22.01.34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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

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

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

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    We awoke to a very nice sunny day and just 200 km to Kosice. We devised a basically diagonal route that was the shorter distance, but the same time as the 80 km longer major road route.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 22.02.26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The road surfaces were mostly pretty good especially after we left Romania for Hungary. We had a short stop at the border for the Schengen passport control and we were on our way. They are smart here they have a sign that says toll vignettes are needed and a place to buy them just before the border if you did not do that on line already.


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

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

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    There is no border control for Slovakia as it is both in the EU and Schengen zone. The route was on small narrow roads thru clean quite villages until basically you arrive to the outskirts of the s second largest city in Slovakia.

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

    We headed straight to K-moto to meet with the owner Kamil to sort out what we can do. They will look at the bike this afternoon. They want us to get a new Tourtech shock, which is actually the easiest and cheapest at 150 including shipping or to send ours to Touratech Prague for service. The issue is my shock is Touratech outside and custom DMX inside. If we just go with a new Touratech it does not come in short spring size, and if they rebuild it they will replace inside and it will again not be custom lowered like mine. If we have to ship I think better to DMX in Madrid. Our luck there is a pretty nice pension almost across the road from the shop and they had a room for the next few days if we needed.

    [​IMG]IMG_7002 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    It is very hot here in Kosice today and after dropping the bike off at K-moto we walked over to the mall to enjoy the air con and a very good meal at the Vietnamese takeout! We got in some Olympic coverage and saw Canada take the bronze in women’s synchronized diving! YEAH Canada! By 7 it had cooled off enough for a walk and we caught a glimpse of the very nice looking city centre from the hill side. When we arrived back there was a business card taped to the door of our room with a yellow post it note that said “Please call me” and a number. The card was from a realtor and when i looked him up I was pretty sure we had not met. As we don’t have a phone I sent an email that said as much and “i’m sorry do we know you?’….Silver lining.

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

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