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 our improvisation of luggage hold will react.

Rupea fortress

The next day, our tires began to taste from the freshly grown grass, climbing and descending the gentle hills, typical of Transylvania.

The path marked with red line runs begins from Rupea fortress and is not very well marked at first, but we were relying on our guiding instincts and GPS confirmation.

Rupea fortress in the background
Descent to Viscri fortified church

When we reached Viscri fortified church it was already lunch time so we grab something to eat and continued on the Transilvania Bike Trail to the Mesendorf village, which also has a fortified church. We arrived there in the evening, so we had time to visit the church and the inner courtyard, then headed for the village of Crit. All these Saxon villages have fortified churches, practically all Transylvania is full  with this type of churches, each with its beauty and particularity, one of the reasons why we wanted to make a new trip here again.

After we’ve got water and food from Crit, we followed TBT and after a few miles we found the perfect camping site.  We spend the evening by the fire.

The third day we continue on the Transylvania Bike Trail until the intersection with Aurel Vlaicu village where we discover a new route, marked with blue cross, which does not appear on the map of Transilvanian hills and goes to the medieval town of Sighisoara. We enjoyed the single trail downhill, even though the path was not cleaned of branches and leaves. It was one of the most beautiful ports of this special path created for Mtb.

This view is the reward of the trail with Sighisoara in front

We buy food in Sighisoara, eat, rest a bit and head off, climbing until we reach the ridge and reunite with the trail marked with red line. We camp in the secular forest of oak tree of Breite reservation.

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