Claudiu Moga

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  1. Azi 9 Martie pornesc intr-o tura de vreo 3000km spre Cipru! Voi traversa Peninsula Balcanica, apoi Turcia si Cipru unde ma asteapta un loc de munca la un hotel! Ne auzim si o sa postez aici aventura cand o sa am posibilitati! Traiasca cicloturismul!
  2. Then we go to a restaurant to have a decent breakfast. Soon we will experience the famous "Balatoni Korut" - one of the best bike ways from the Central Europe - very popular with cyclists. We feel so good cycling in such good conditions in such a lovely environment with no traffic. In no time we get to a great bird's eye view over the lake. This is paradise on earth for cyclists. Long live the Balaton lake! We feel so good.
  3. We start this tour in the beginning of august. Till Kecskemet we travel by car. Marius' brother-in-law gives as a lift and we save 2 days of cycling. The first day we cycle less then 80 km on a secondary road and we decide to stop right at the entrance in the Hungarian capital. Here we stay and enjoy a nice dinner and some beers at a restaurant. Then we withdraw to sleep behind some bushes across the street where is a field.We sleep very well and the next day we are ready to explore the wonderful Budapest. After about 12km we get to a huge bridge. We are close to the city center. After crossing the bridge we get to a bike path and we start visiting the city. An interesting entrance of a building draws our attention. Not far from here we get to a magnificent palace.
  4. Soon we finally reach Balaton and we start feeling good in Baloton-kenese spa first. The lake seems endless and I can't wait to take a dip in it. After an enjoyable day and evening we end up sleeping in a camping site. We start the next morning admiring the neighbourhoods from this site. Then we go for a swim, the weather is just great.
  5. Right in the vicinity there is a huge hill(1124m) and this is a great place for climbers and paragliders. We decide to spend the night here, so we pitch the tent next to the chalet on a lawn and we have fun drinking beers and chatting about our adventures. The next day we enjoy a fast descent of about 8km long with plenty of hairpins. Then near Mihaileni village we struggle against the toughest climb from all our tour. The gradient reaches 20%. we are lucky that the climb is only 500m long. I am very happy to vanquish it. On our way before entering Criscior we run into a flock of sheep. Then from Brad we have to take a train till my place for tomorrow we are going to set out on a new bike trip in the Western Carpathians. This was a glorius bike trip and I thank my friend Razvan from the bottom of my heart. Dear Razvan I'm looking forward to you returning to Romania to have a new bike tour together.Best rergards,your true friend Claudiu
  6. On 17th of April I arrive at Bucharest after an eventful journey in Romania and about 1500km of cycling. Here I cycle with some friends among which Florin , a cycling trainer, one of the fervent cycling promoters in Romania. The last 30 km till Bucharest I cycled together with Florin and another 2 cycling friends Horia and Alex.In the evening I go to Horia Nitu, a friend of mine, a keen cyclist and after a good meal and a few beers, quite late after chatting so much I decide to sleep in his garden in my sleeping bed on an iron bed under an apple tree in full blossom .Oh, I slept so well, dreaming about my cycling travels. The next morning we snapped a photo with us and that wonderful tree. It's a grand day for me. After cycling more than 100 000km in the last 10 years, after some memorable bike tours in Europe, after appearing in some important newspapers and even TV reports, I became pretty well-known as a cycletourer in our cycling community from Romania. Therefore one of the most successful patron of bike shops from our country, Mr. Mircea Florescu invited me to Bucharest to give me a great bike. On 18th of april 2009 is the great day one of the happiest of my life.I go to one of his bike shops accompanied by Horia, I meet the kind hearted patron, I am verry emotional, and I also meet Dan Mazilu, the editor-in-chief of Mbike, the only one bike magazine from Romania. He snapps photos of me, I'll be a star in the bike magazine. Oh yes! I receive a Kona Sutra, a bike more expensive than my father's old car. I should have worked hard 10 years in Romania to be able to save money for such a bike.The generous patron also gives some nice outfit, some special trousers, cycling T-shirts and a crash helmet.God bless Mircea Florescu! I was a happy young cyling star! Then I wait a bit till Razvan Anton makes his appearance. He pops out of a cab carrying a super heavy bag. He came by plane from Ottawa, Canada just to cycle with me a couple of weeks. He is such a good friend of mine.I give him my brand new Kona and I cycle on my old MTB. The first day we cycle just a bit about 40km till the village Luciana where we are allowed to pitch out our tent in the garden of a local businessman on a perfect lawn. Here we eat well and we enjoy some beers. We spend a great evening. The next day I am impressed by the wooden cart I see in this garden. It was one of my best camping places ever. After the breakfast we start pedaling. On our way we meet some interesting carts.
  7. It's quite a pity that a wing of the palace is in bad condition. The facade needs restoration. In another chamber we see some hunting trophies. The lawn is perfect, the architecture is quite astonishing. To my sheer joy, I run into some fragrant flowers. I do hope one day I will return to this architectural masterpiece of Pannonia. Sincerely it looks like a palace from the Loire Valley. But now even the name of the village where this palace is, remains an enigma to me. So, Hungary is a land of choice.
  8. Here even the banks have the head office in stylish old buildings. Soon we get to another gorgeous architectural masterpiece that has to be immortalized. Before we leave this true urban gem of Pannonia, i snap another photo of my friend Marius that takes on an haughty appearance. On our way to Balaton, after about one hour of cycling, in a village we suddenly encounter one of the most imposing palaces we have ever seen. Inside the palace we see a map with the family tree of the noblemen who owned the palace and the surrounding estates.
  9. From the pass we have another 10km of descent with severe gradient till we reach the beautiful and historical town of Abrud. From here we follow a scenic route passing through traditional villages and enjoying great views. This lovely area is full of rolling hills and the colours of the spring are really vivid and enticing. We have to climb another pass but this one is very easy and we are rewarded with the magnificent vistas. The villages seem to be scattered all over the hills. Soon we get to Vulcan Pass(725m) and here we find a chalet where we eat some delicious traditional sausages.
  10. The architecture here is so spectacular and attractive. We are lucky to see a group of teenagers dressed up in medieval attires. Then we draw near to a balcony that seems to be taken out of a fairy-tale. The plants are not missing, too. We continue our tour in this wonderful after we drink something outside a tavern.
  11. We can not believe our eyes to face this weather in mid-October. It's snowing like in fairy tales. Wow! but Razvan is well prepared and used to this sort of weather. The only problem is he doesn't have a proper cap and the helmet is not efficient to struggle against the vicious cold. The night overtakes us, our progress is very slow and the layer of snow grows thicker the more we climb. In the last km we have to face a dreadfull smowstorm, but we are lucky to get to Balea Lake in the nick of time before getting hypothermia.Here we recover in a restaurant eating a great steak and we have to rent a room which is quite expensive, about 50EUR. During the night I suffer from my toothache again and I hardly can get some sleep, writhing with agony in my bed all the night long. Oh, what a night! Oh what a day! The Saint Parascheva must have punished me for my sins.The next morning after the breakfast we decide to return to Avrig and to take a train home for we ran out of money.This time the weather is fabulous but the temperature is bellow 0 centigrade.We have to go down on ice so in a short time I fall and hit my back against the frozen road. Holly Shit! The view below us is absolutely magnificent. I am quite delighted to cycle here and I'm happy that my toothache disappeared but our hands are freezing. On the left we can see Transylvania where autumn still dwells. The clouds are so white and fluffy! Till Balea Waterfall we still can enjoy winter weather with plenty of snow. As we descend below 1000m the snow begins to decrease. We are now in deciduous trees' area again. We cycle another 30 minutes till we get to the main road where we have to head for Avrig. Here we eat well at a restaurant then we take a train to Arad and then to Ineu where we have some other bike trips but in my region.
  12. On 8th of October 2009, me and my good friend Razvan Anton who came from Canada to join me on this wonderful trip, set out on an interesting adventure on 2 wheels in Transylvania. My father Dan takes a picture of us in my courtyard before we leave. We start our trip in Ineu where I live. The weather is perfect for cycling, the temperature is OK, the sun is shining, the sky is blue.Our first stop is at Onyx restaurant in the small town of Sebis where we eat a tripe soup and we drink a beer. The restaurant is situated in a lovely place next to a lake surrounded by some karstic hills. We cycle another 10 km till we get to Dezna township where we enter the Codru Moma Mountains, the remotest western range of the Western Carpathians. After we get out of this locality the asphalt ends and we have to cross a mountain pass. This route is quite scenic and wild, but we have a steady climb about 20 km long till the pass. In a few hours the night overtakes us and we get lost on some forestry roads but finally we get to Camp township where we find a pub and have something to eat and to drink. The son of the patron of this pub is very kind-hearted and after we have a nice and long chat, he invites us to sleep in his house, he gives us a room.We sleep very well and the next day he refuses to accept Razvan's money for the accommodation and for the plum brandy we drank last night. He shows us his courtyard which is quite traditional.Then we have a picture with Horia, our kind host and we have to say good-bye.
  13. We can not believe our eyes to face this weather in mid-October. It's snowing like in fairy tales. Wow! but Razvan is well prepared and used to this sort of weather. The only problem is he doesn't have a proper cap and the helmet is not efficient to struggle against the vicious cold. The night overtakes us, our progress is very slow and the layer of snow grows thicker the more we climb. In the last km we have to face a dreadfull smowstorm, but we are lucky to get to Balea Lake in the nick of time before getting hypothermia.Here we recover in a restaurant eating a great steak and we have to rent a room which is quite expensive, about 50EUR. During the night I suffer from my toothache again and I hardly can get some sleep, writhing with agony in my bed all the night long. Oh, what a night! Oh what a day! The Saint Parascheva must have punished me for my sins.The next morning after the breakfast we decide to return to Avrig and to take a train home for we ran out of money.This time the weather is fabulous but the temperature is bellow 0 centigrade.We have to go down on ice so in a short time I fall and hit my back against the frozen road. Holly Shit! The view below us is absolutely magnificent. I am quite delighted to cycle here and I'm happy that my toothache disappeared but our hands are freezing. On the left we can see Transylvania where autumn still dwells.
  14. We continue our tour in this town and we see beautiful teens. All of a sudden we find an interesting character from times immemorial. Roaming about the streets we reach a gorgeous statuary complex. The next amazing architectural landmark we come across is an old and glorious church. Its stone's portal welcomes us. Then we visit some medieval cobblestones' streets which are rather narrow keeping a particular charm. This town is indeed one of the best in the Central Europe. I highly recommend it. Soon we reach an interesting mausoleum.
  15. All the day we have to go down next to the Sebes River passing through interesting villages and enjoying wonderful views. In the evening we get to Sebes, quite a nice town and then we go to Lancram where we pay our respects to the great poet and philosopher Lucian Blaga who is burried here in the village where he was born.It's quite a solemn and emotional moment for me. Blaga is one of my favourite writers. Then we sleep in a motel just before the entrance in the Municipality of Alba Iulia. The next day we have to cross the Western Carpathians which are not so high as the Middle Carpathians that we've already passed. Cycling another 15kms. from Alba Iulia we get to the wooden gate of the Western Carpathians. Soon we get to Ampoita village where we can see some spectacular lime stones' formations on a hill. The scenery is very green and vivid and the traffic is so light. Till Zlatna we have a steady and easy climb, then not far from Abrud we have a few kms. of tough climb with hairpins. We climb Bucium Pass (915m).
  16. We have four days of incessant rain so we make a very slow progress but when we get to Balaton lake, the sun comes out again. We cycle on the northern part of the lake on a good cycling path. At Balatonfured we see swans with cubs. They are so cute and we start feeding them with some cakes. I simply fall in love with the tiny nestlings. All along this huge lake which is the largest from the Central Europe we find swans and we are quite excited about this. On the other part of the lake at Szigliget we stopped at a lido and there we decided to separate for I wanted to head for the Alps to climb there as many passes and possible and Andrei wanted to go to Wien.So after 9 wonderfull days we had to take leave of each other. Before leaving he gave me some money and I promissed him that one day I would return the favour.Thank you a lot dear Andrei for this wonderful trip!I'm looking forward to our next adventure on 2 wheels!Thank you very much to Mircea Florescu, the generous sponsor who gave me the great bike Kona Sutra for this tour!
  17. In the beginning of June me and a friend of mine decided to have a nice bike tour in Hungary. Andrei who is an experienced cycletourer from Buzau, but who lives and works in Bucharest, traveled till Arad by train and from there he pedaled till Dorobanti village where it was our meeting point at a thermal spa. I cycled till there about 60km. We enjoyed very much the first day, taking a swim, sunbathing, drinking beers and talking to gorgeous girls in tantalizing bikinis. Then we cycled about 25 km till we entered Hungary at Turnu customs. We pitched our tents near the border behind some bushes.The next day we cycled 50km through the steppe under a sweltering heat till we reached the town of Mako where it was time for us to have a tasty lunch at a restaurant.We also tried the local beer which is not so bad, indeed. We were enjoying our meal on a terrace and we were happy to see people of all ages, and of all sorts, cycling to and fro. Even old hags were using bikes here. Cycling is such a healthy way of life. It is so pity and a shame that in Romania we can not see so many bikers like here in Hungary, the mentality of our people is still precarious.Dear citizens, if you want to lose weight and enjoy life, you would better start cycling like the Hungarians do! Beautiful girls were also cycling to our sheer delight, and we kept on snapping photos. Then we cycled another 30km on a secondary road till we reached Szeged. We started visiting this lovely town. We liked very much the center.
  18. Next day I headed for the Rarau Pass(1450m), one of the steepest climb from Romania with gradients up to 20%. On my way to the top of the climb I stopped at Rarau Monastery, where the monks were very kind to me, one of them gave me a blouse and there I received a tasty meal. I also met there a young man, called Daniel who was a cyclist, too and he joined me by his bike another 50km till Gura Humorului where he lived. He knew very well his native land and he taught me many legends and interesting things. Together we went to the famous Voronet Monastery, that is surnamed the “Sixtin Chapel of the Eastern World”. The wall paintings of this monastery, which are second to none, impressed me a lot and made me very proud to be Romanian. Then I had to bid farewell to Daniel and I continued my journey, visiting Humor Monastery, that is also endowed with fabulous wall paintings, and is found under Unesco patronage. Then I headed for Putna Monastery, maybe the most well-known from Romania, that is a princely necropolis and here lies to rest for evermore, the greatest and the most illustrious and glorious voivode from Moldavia and from Romania; our unforgettable Stephen the Great who ruled between 1457 -1504. It was such a holy and a solemn moment for me, to be there present after having crossed Romania by bike, exactly 500 years after his death. It was a dream come true, for he remains for me one of the most influential personalities that really had a profound impact on myself. He taught me to be brave, to love my country and to believe in God that will favour the righteous. He also taught me that the good will prevail against the evil in the end. I will never forget this voivode who defeated the conqueror of the Constantinopolis. I recall the most special moment, a mystical and very vibrant one, from my entire tour was my kneeling in deep prayer before the tomb of the great hero and saint, Stephan the Great, tears rolling down my face, entreating God to bestow upon my country Romania, and upon my people, a magnificent and thriving future as we deserve among the nations of Europe. God bless Romania and set us free from the tyranny and slavery of the turbulent times we are living! Then I headed for Radauti and Siret, beautiful towns where I admired 2 old medieval churches from the 14th century. Then I slept one night at Gorovei Monastery in the county of Botosani, where some of the most outstanding figures of our country were born, such as: the greatest poet: Mihai Eminescu, the greatest musician and composer: George Enescu, the greatest historian: Nicolae Iorga, one of the greatest painters: Stefan Luchian and so on. A great spiritual and cultural place for Romania and not only, indeed!Then I went to Suceava, where I visited some churches and the ruins of the Princely Court of Stephen the Great. Then I halted at Falticeni, another cultural town where I visited the Art Museum, where I admired many works of art of the great sculptor Ion Irimescu, who is considered the 2nd sculptor after the great Brancusi. At that time the great sculptor was living his last days in a house next to the museum. He was 101 years old. I must admit that I worship him, as I adore art. I tried to pay him a visit but the director of the museum told me he is too old and too sick to be visited. What a pity! Off I rode. Then at Targu Neamt I visited the memorial house of Ion Creanga, the greatest narrator from Romania, who was such a good friend with Mihai Eminescu and charmed and adorned my childhood with his spellbound fairy-tales and stories. Then in Piatra Neamt I visited some museums and I was impressed by the historical centre where I liked very much a medieval church founded by Stephan the Great. Then I passed through Moinesti and Comanesti, where Cristian Tzara, the founder of the Dada Trend, was born. Then at Targu Ocna I ran into an old guy who was a friend of Nadia Comaneci’ s family and he told me how he had the privilege to visit and to talk with the young girl who would turn into a legendary gymnast. It was so interesting! Then I passed through Onesti, the town where this goddess of the gymnastics, was born.Then after climbing Oituz pass (866m), I got to my beloved Transylvania again. At Brasov where I have some relatives I stayed a few days, but every day I would go on a short tour climbing a pass such as: Bratocea(1257m), Predeal(1000m), Poiana Brasov (1000m), Sinaia Quota 1400m or Bran(1275m). I love cyclo-climbing so whenever I am close to nice climbs I always approach them, for nothing can surpass the feeling of reaching the top of a climb, exhausted but proud and overjoyed, being a real friend with the glorious nature, a real son of the almighty God.Then I continued to Campulung Muscel, one of my favourite route in Romania. Then I cycled along the scenic Olt valley, to Sibiu, again. Then after cycling in lovely Saxon villages such as: Rasinari, Cristian, Gura Raului, Orlat, Sibiel and so on, I headed for the mountains again and I passed through the highest townships of the county of Sibiu: Poiana Sibiului and Jina, inhabited by the richest and the most industrious shepherds from our country. Then after 10km of descent on non-modernized road with hairpins I reached the Sebes Valley, one of the most picturesque from Romania. I cycled upstream, and I started climbing again. On my way I came across 2 gorgeous storage lake at Tau and at Oasa, then I halted at a chalet for lunch. After that I climbed Tartarau pass (1678m). This route is one of the wildest and among the most spectacular and best preserved regions from Europe. It’s an heaven for cycletourists and the traffic is very low. The landscapes are magnificent and the wild life is well preserved. Then I stopped at Obarsia Lotrului chalet where I met a large group of Czeck hikers. I had a nice talk with some of them while I was eating a tasty trout, they seemed very satisfied with our mountains. Then I had a difficult climb on my way to Urdele Pass (2145m) which is the highest from all the Carpathian range. The views from the top of it are breathtaking, you can see glacial lakes, variegated flowers, snow-capped peaks, lovely pastures and so on.On my way down I stopped a bit at Ranca ski resort, then I continued my journey at high speed till Novaci where the steep slope ended. From here I went to Bumbesti then I followed the Jiu Valley, some of the best of Romania, where the boisterous and noisy river seems often engulfed by huge cliffs and deep ravines. On this river you can go rafting from Petrosani to Bumbesti Jiu. On my way I stopped to visit the Lainici monastery, then I continued my trip to Hateg, then on my way to Caransebes I stopped to see some ruins of a roman settlement at Sarmizegetuza. I was impressed by an amphitheatre. Then I followed a busy road to Orsova, where I reached my beloved Danube again. I enjoyed a lot cycling along the Danube Defile till Moldova Noua, a small and poor town, where unfortunately I had a big misfortune. While I went to a toilet into a restaurant, somebody stole my small bag where I had my money, my cell phone, my identity card and so on and. I was stupid enough to let this bag in a unzipped side pocket of my pannier and the bike was propped against a wall next to the restaurant. Stupid me and what a loss! I went to the police headquarters, but it seemed I only lost some times there, nothing concrete could be done for me. I remember the policeman laughed at me, calling me such a fool to be so mindless. He humiliated me by giving me about 0.3€ to have for a small coffee to calm down my broken nerves. So funny situation, I was at 300km away from home, with a penny in my pocket, no food, and run down after over 2600km of cycling. However I was lucky to be understood at the first monastery where they gave me a meal and 3€, then at Ticvaniu Mic village, I was helped by the great poet Gheorghe Azap who was so hospitable to me, and who sponsored me with 15€. Long live this generous artist who predicted me a promising literary future!Then in only 3 days I was back home after 2900km and 42 days on my bike with so many adventures in my wonderful country.Long live the cyclotourism!Pantani Carpaticus
  19. After my first tour of Romania by bike, I was so touched, bewitched and bewildered by such a tremendous and awesome experience that I swore to myself that I would discover the entire world by bike and that I would be a legendary cyclo-adventurer so that I could serve my country and my people.In 2004 it was time for my 2nd tour of my beloved country. I started on the 21th of may from Ineu, the little town where I live. My first stop was at Dezna, quite an interesting township at the foot of the Codru Moma, the most western mountains of the Charpatians. From there I had to cycle 20 km to cross the mountains on an non-modernized road. Not far from Dezna I met such a beautiful clearing. The landscapes were great especially on the other side of the mountain where I found so beautiful dolines. Then after climbing the Vartop pass (1140m) I cycled on the Aries Valley, one of the most spectacular from Romania, great rural and touristic area strewn with scattered villages all along this sparkling river. This magnificent land is inhabited by the offsprings of the free dacians, who were the bravest from the Thracians. Moreover great Transylvanian heroes, such as: Avram Iancu, Horea, Closca and Crisan were sprung from this region. This modern people are proud of their history and of their ancestors and piously preserve their traditions.I remember when I was a student at Sibiu, I used to travel by bike quite often through this magic land, and every time I had the pleasure to feast my eyes on these unrivalled beauties I grew to love it more. At Albac I stopped to have lunch at a nice guesthouse. After the town of Campeni, that is the heart of this fabulous region, I stopped to visit a village museum at Lupsa, where I was impressed by the peasants’ artifacts. Then after cycling another 50 km, at Buru village I turned left and in less than 2 hours I got to Cluj Napoca, one of the biggest towns from Transylvania where I had so many adventures in my turbulent and eventful youth. From here I continued my trip through the Transylvanian tableland and I stopped at Nicula Monastery, where I was accommodated in a room for guests. It is said that at this monastery there is an icon that works wonders. I felt so good there and a generous monk sponsored me with about 8€. Also at this monastery, in the 15th century was founded the first school of wood painted icons.
  20. This is quite an impressive town teeming with tourists. Suddenly we get to a grand church. We go inside to visit it and to say a short prayer thanking God for such a good life on two wheels. The interior is awe-inspiring full of masterpieces. We are really delighted by what we see in this town whose name is so hard to pronounce or to remember.
  21. The road even if it is muddy, it is rideable and in a good condition. The Sebes River is ideal for fishing and is very rich in trout. This route is one of the most picturesque from our beautiful Romania. Soon we get to Oasa lake, one of the best from our Carpathians. We cycle a few kms. enjoying the view over the lake and the Parang Mountains. Then me make a halt to have something to eat at Oasa Chalet. Cycling in such a lovely area is quite an enjoyable pastime. Peter's Peak (2130m) can be seen at the horizon.
  22. Then it's time for us to visit other landmarks of this city. The Royal Palace is absolutely stunning. When we get close to the biggest cathedral of Budapest it starts raining cats and dogs. But putting on a long raincoat solves the problem and we carry on sightseeing. The Parliamentary Palace remains the most fascinating construction in this wonderful capital. Outstanding statues can be found here, too.
  23. We start climbing, we have another 13 km to go till Balea Lake. The more we climb the more snow we get. We are jumping for joy, the atmosphere is fabulous. The words can not express the feeling we have cycling under these circumstances. The more we climb the more I feel the cold biting my feet. I have no winter boots but summer sport shoes so it's going to be hard on me.
  24. Then I passed through Bistrita, another important medieval town whose center liked me a lot, especially the gothic cathedral that reminded me of my beloved Sibiu. Then I entered the mountains again, this time the Eastern Carpathians. From Josenii Bargaului village I turned left, climbing a hill and going down to Ilva Mica. Then I continued climbing up the Somesul Mare Valley, passing through Sangeorz Spa, where I had a delicious pizza. Then at Rodna village I liked very much an old wooden church. Here in the Rodnei Mountains I happened to go through quite an interesting and tough experience. Suddenly at an altitude of over 1000m when I was climbing towards Rotunda pass (1271m) I ran into a man that was the owner of a poor-looking hut. He invited me to have lunch with him and he talked me into accepting to work for him a few days. He promised me a good wages of 10€ per day, as my budget was rather low I accepted the job. Then I worked as a dog for 3 days, helping him collect the logs with his horse, and cut the logs. When after that I asked for my money for I grew sick and tired of that work, he grinned and sneered at me scornfully and kicked my ass. Great reward for my work! But everything is possible in this part of Europe in the enigmatic and underdeveloped Balkan Peninsula. Then after the pass I went down in the Golden Bistrita Valley and my trouble was dispelled by the wonderful landscapes. At Ciocanesti village I found very nice painted houses and I met hospitable folks. Then after Vatra Dornei spa, which is well-known in Romania, I cycled till the Zugreni Chalet, situated in such a beautiful spot, next to the Bistrita valley and there after enjoying a few hours in the company of some funny tourists , and then I went to sleep in my tent. I felt so dejected and forsaken, and I left very nervous and cursing him a great deal.
  25. After climbing 2 long hours we get to a holiday complex. Here we are at an elevation of over 1300m and it's time for a break. While we eat some sour soups we try to dry our clothes. We are lucky that there is a nice fire in the stove. We stay here about 2 hours and when we get out we are astonished by the amount of snow. It's quite a wintry atmosphere. We are very eager to carry on even if I don't have the proper outfit for such a weather but I am lucky because Razvan helps me out giving me some trousers what I really needed.