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written in : bukarest (RO) on : 2005-04-28 07:12:58.0 kilometer: 800

it was raining a lot since I started on 17.04.05. unfortunately i had to take public transport to cross romania, because I had to manage an urgent private issue in bucarest. and thats also why I am staying now here. on the second day of the tour, before the Slovakian border I met three globebikers, two of them from the Netherlands and one Aussi. Two of them are also heading to Tibet!!! Thats unbelievable as i havent had expected to meet other asienbikers so soon. but nevertheless, our ways separated already in budapest, where they wanted to visit somebody. i left budapest on a rainy day in direction of debrecen. the flat landscape plus strong headwind were reallyy gruelling in hungary. it was also the area where I had my first puncture. The reason was the rim band which I changed into a stronger one. i crossed the border to Romania at Oradea. I took the EU road to Beius and Stei before I could take the B75 heading into the mountains. from there on there was not much traffic and I could really enjoy the nature for the first time. but I also had to concentrate during cycling because there were a lot of holes in the road. when I descended from the 1160m vartop pass it was really cold. i was happy to find an accommodation and something to eat. only the large dog did not stop barking at me. up to Arieseni I could cycle. from there on I had to take the bus to Alba Iulia and then the train to bucarest. but to get there i had to give 300.000 lei (8 euros) bakschisch to the conductor.
tomorrow I will try to leave bucarest. i then want to go to Bulgaria via Calarasi and Negru Voda.


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