Ukraine-Romania-Bulgaria

Discussion in 'Europe' started by US7IGN, Jul 8, 2021.

  1. US7IGN

    US7IGN HAM radio n00b

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    Hello everybody!

    Next week I am planning a trip to the mountains and the sea. The route is something like this.

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    Separately identified Transalpina and Transfagarash.

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    US7IGN HAM radio n00b

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    My girl is washed

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    So we did it. The route was slightly corrected, but in general everything went according to plan. Total - 3400 km and about 700 euros for 9 days.

    The road to the city of Chernivtsi, where the first overnight stay was planned, was known and boring. On the way, we stopped to drink coffee in the beautiful town of Kamenets-Podolsk.

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    On the way to Chernivtsi, strange things are being sold. We decided that these were the tops of the wells.

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    We spent the night in a cheap hotel Dvorik on the outskirts of the city. But it turned out to be cozy, there was a place for a motorcycle in a closed garage and the dinner was good.

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    The next day was harder than we thought.
    At first, our border guards refused us to skip the line, although the car drivers themselves offered to drive ahead. Romanian border officers turned out to be much more friendly and about an hour later we passed border and entered Romania. We were greeted by good roads and our mood improved. First, we stopped at Siret and exchanged some euros for lei. The next point was Bicaz.

    Bicaz gorge turned out to be better than we expected. Indeed, no photos and videos convey this. It is imperative that you have to see everything yourself. It was also confirmed by visits to Transalpina and Transfagarash.

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    Driving along the forest mountain roads was beautiful, but when we left there the air temperature reached + 37C and fatigue began to accumulate.
    We saw the hinterland with gypsies in national clothes and, for the first time, sections of a bad road.
    On the way to the Transalpina, we decided to stop in the ancient city Alba Iulia, but it started rain, which prevented us from examining it. In addition, we were very tired, so we just drove through it, drove into the Lidl for food and went to the next hotel in Sebes - Casa Cerbului. It was hard day.

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    Here we are at the destination of our journey. Everyone knows the cult status of Transalpina and Transfagarash. It was an old dream, although when I bought a motorcycle almost 10 years ago, I didn't even think about that I could get to these wonderful places. First, the war began with Russia's attack on Crimea and eastern Ukraine, then the crisis, then the viral hysteria, but this year it coincided with the availability of free time and the weakening of quarantine, so we decided to go to places about I earlier read so much.

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    We woke up early and left when the sun had just risen and there were no cars on the roads. We still liked Transalpina more than Transfagarash, but we need to drive not only both of these roads, but also in both directions. Maybe next time.

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    Thanks for sharing. I'd love to do a ride through this part of the world! One day...
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    It is difficult to describe further. All photos are the same. We drove past dams and lakes, large and small. There was garbage on some dams, but its amount cannot be compared with what we saw in Ukraine (

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    In the mountains of Romania, there was a very developed hydraulic system. There are excellent recreation centers on the banks of many dams.

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    The views on the Transalpina are amazing!

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    The hot sun was ahead, and the weather was just perfect in the mountains. We climbed higher and higher and reached the pass.

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    Since we arrived early, there were few cars and motorcycles on the road and we could drive at a comfortable pace, and not follow others. And yes, in the middle of July we saw snow)

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    On the way south, we decided to stop by and see the lake Lacul Vidra

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    Then there was a boring and hot road to the beginning of Transfagarash. We stopped at a small cafe in front of city Kurtea de Arges where I decided to try traditional Romanian food. The staff did not speak English, there was no translation on the menu either, so I poked at the menu at random. I will never do that again. Milk soup with garlic and boiled pork stomach was so unexpected that I almost vomited.

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    It was already about 15 o'clock in the afternoon when we started to pass Transfagarash. Quite late and we were tired, but decided to be on schedule.
    Pretty quickly we got to the big dam. There was even a boat sailing along the reservoir. IMG_20210717_161521.jpg IMG_20210717_162911.jpg IMG_20210717_163025.jpg IMG_20210717_163203.jpg IMG_20210717_163541.jpg IMG_20210717_164935.jpg
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    However, there was a lot of traffic, so we drove slowly and enjoyed the forest road. Sometimes bears came out of the forest.

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    We drove and did not understand the enthusiasm of others about this road until we reached this!

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    This place also had the coldest temperature of 14C and the bike struggled to cope with these corners

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    Also, rain to begin behind us, so we were relieved to go to the other side. There was also snow.

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    Downstairs we stopped to buy a roll "Kurtoskalacs" and have tea with honey bought in the mountains.

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    Of course, Czech trdelnik are tastier, but these are bigger ))
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    I'll just leave my thoughts here. For some, this is an ordinary trip, nothing special. But it was a real challenge for me. To be honest, sometimes it was at the limit of my capabilities. Maybe I'm not very old, but there are certain points with my health, and it was important for me to know what else I was capable of. We did it. We have set several records - 4 countries in one trip, the longest motorcycle ride and the longest mileage in a day. Unfortunately, in this crazy world of manipulation and fear, it is not so easy to plan and travel to different countries, but sometimes it needs to be done. Just go into the unknown. All my experience confirms that in every country there are bad officials and good people. The first should be avoided, and the second will always help. Knowledge of languages is helpful, but not necessary. Like here, for example - my English is terrible, but you can understand me)
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    After a hard day when we finally arrived at Cartisoara, it was already evening. However, we did not book anything and the prices in local hotels did not please us. In the booking we saw a suitable option in Făgăraș, but the description was mysterious and we decided to go and look at it.

    It really turned out to be a small motel right in the middle of the central market, which was already closed for the night, but the guard called a woman from the hotel who was about to leave for home. With the help of an online translator, we somehow agreed on accommodation. She didn’t accept a card or euro, and we didn’t have enough lei. As a result, she took only 100 lei instead of 150 because there were two of us, but the room was triple, and left. We had for supper bought in the same market melon and went to bed.
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    The next day turned out to be a day of castles.
    The route for this day was planned as follows

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    On a cool morning, before 9 am, we arrived in Brasov. We decided to have breakfast there. My wife saw the funicular and we waited for it to open and climbed the mountain. We met compatriots from Odessa there.

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    The letters on the other side.

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    We were one of the first to arrive, but we left only in the third cabin. As we descended, the line became several times larger. A beautiful panorama opened up from above.

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