• Roumania

    Bikepacking in Transylvania day 4, 5 and 6

    The beginning of the 4th day finds us, as we were saying in the previous post in the secular reservation of Breite. As we usually do, we searched for a place to put our tent, that should be safe and out of sight of people. This time, it proved to be quite a difficult task, since everywhere there were small land lifts, and if we continued searching we would have entered the wood and we did not wanted to camp in the woods at all. So, we had to do a compromise of a nearly flat place to sleep and not too far from the road. In the morning our…

  • Roumania

    Bikepacking in Transylvania day 1, 2 and 3

    First day of our trip we cycled 120 km from Busteni city to Rupea fortress, mainly on tarmac so we moved quite fast. From Busteni we had to pedal a bit on DN1 unfortunately, since is full of traffic, but quickly passed this sector, then passing through Rasnov, Poiana Marului, Sinca Noua, Sinca Veche, Ohaba, Vad, Hoghiz and Rupea. Since we arrived early, we had time to visit the fortress, which is renovated and looks very good. Lights of the sunset over the fortress  and founding the perfect place for camping were perfect ingredients for ending the day. We were eager to use our bicycles on off-road roads and see how…

  • Roumania

    Bike packing in Transylvania – Prologue

    We were thinking that we should make another epic bike ride, shorter this time, for only 6 days, not as long as the Silk Road trip, so we chose to explore the hills of Transylvania, this time in a lighter way, with smaller bags such as bikepacking, which are caught directly on bicycle, simple and light. Vlad had a map with the hills of Transylvania, from Zenith. So one evening we analyzed the map and decided to follow the route marked with the red line (In Roumania the trails are marked with different signs and colors depending on the difficulty of the path). We actually wanted to traverse Transylvania from…

  • Turkey

    From Cappadocia to Erzincan-10 days crossing the mountains

    We have left Cappadocia on 19 May towards Erzincan. We made our route profile through the mountains, because we do not like to go on national roads, we chose bypassing through villages, with poor roads, climbs and descents and climbs, and the highest hills in Turkey so far, so we managed to do 630 kilometers, 10.869 m accumulated altitude, in 10 days of pedaling without any rest day. We were chased by the storms, the rain caught us, the bicycles were full of mud, we cleaned them, and then mud again, we descend some gravel roads , we felt like mountain biking, but a little more complicated to get off with…

  • Turkey

    Cappadocia

    A “must see” in Turkey is Cappadocia, a unique and particularly beautiful area in Central Anatolia. We arrived there on the evening of 10 May, Vlad’s birthday. Wonderful place to celebrate such an event. There are some theories about how this area was formed, but what seemed to us to be remembered was about the three volcanic mountains: Erciyes, Hasan and Melendiz Dagları, that erupted more than 30 million years ago, covering the Urgup plateau in ash . The resulting volcanic ash was the raw material for the formation of the volcanic tuff, the specific rock for that area. Over millions of years erosion dug in this soft, sandy or brick-like…

  • Roumania

    14 April-The D Day!

    Our adventure on the Silk Road just started! We left Bucharest at 10.30 a.m, having all kinds of feelings.. From all our friends only Geo showed up. We knew we didn’t have too many friends, able to understand what we were going to do, besides Geo was aware of the plan a long time ago. A few passers congratulated us, they heard about the cycle trip at Radio Guerrilla, a gentleman, named Cristian Lupu, came specially for us and accompanied us for a while on his bike, and Milena was in the area. As it was normal, Silvia’s parents also accompanied us. Getting out of Bucharest: traffic, pollution, dust.. and…

  • Roumania

    Day 8: Carta-Busteni

    Monday morning, September 25th, the weather is great, the sun warms our tent, and the fog disappeared. We packed all the equipment and went to the Monastery where we meet Oswald who had already begun the tour with the two Australians. He is more than just a guide, because he gives us much more details about the place. We speak in two foreign languages, because there are other foreigners, not just the two Australians, he shows us traces and signs on the walls that have remained testimony of the Cistercian Monastery and we are loaded with his overflowing energy. It’s great that we met him and we appreciate his work…

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    Day 7: Sibiu-Carta

    On Sunday we wake up and we have to say goodbye to the host, who were generous with us and filled our paniers with all sorts of snacks and food supply. We head to Cisnadie where we will visit the church, which is in the center of the village, and we enjoy the road that has really nice autumn colors, flowing through the forest and then down to the village. The church is quite imposing. After a tour around it, we climb into the bell tower where we have an impressive panorama over the village. Unfortunately, the “guide” does not want to give us too many details, expecting a bigger…

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    Day 6: Alma Vii-Sibiu

    Saturday morning the weather did not improved, it was a constant drizzle. We ignore it and pack our stuff because we want to visit the newly restored church. In fact, only the side of the fortifications, walls and towers was restored, the church still awaiting the moment of its restoration. The guide explained that the restoration was made from foreign funds named “Mihai Eminescu trust”. This is an older project to restore the fortified churches from Transylvania. There is also a website with Alma Vii church: http://www.almavii.ro/en/ and inside the church is the best mobile signal in the whole village because they have the special GPS antenna. We are pleased…