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  1. 25-26 iulie 2015 Mai multe poze (Fotografi: Marius si Dragos) Prima zi (sambata, 25 iulie 2015) Ne gandeam de multa vreme la Transfagarasan. Mai ales ca eu si Nico nu am apucat sa vedem aceasta laudata sosea, nici macar din masina. Marius a mai "atacat" o data traseul, de unul singur, prin 2012, de la Pitesti catre Brasov. Cum doream inca o tura de anduranta, tot reveneam la aceasta idee cu "Transul". Ce ne facem cu transportul? Trenurile pana in Curtea de Arges nu mai exista iar inca o zi de concediu nu mai putem sacrifica fix acum. Rasfoind pe forum, gasesc o schita lui @@turnul (caruia ii adresez si pe aceasta cale multumiri din partea grupului :D), ce planuieste sa plece din Predeal pe ruta Sinca Veche - Victoria - Cartisoara - Balea Lac - Pitesti. Hm, suna chiar interesant. El doreste s-o parcurga in timpul saptamanii, insa noi avem doar o sambata si-o duminica la dispozitie. Asa ca ne mobilizam si, dupa cateva dezbateri legate de sensul in care sa abordam aceasta schita, ne pregatim sufleteste. Montez iar portbagajele pe biciclete si scot de la naftalina cortul de munte (cel mic, care este mai usor de carat in drumetii si la ture de genul acesta). Recunosc ca initial nu prea imi venea sa ies din casa in acest week-end, insa e pacat de vremea care ne ajuta si de zilele care sunt inca destul de lungi. In prima zi urma sa pedalam 152 km, conform planului. Urcarea este in ultimii 30 de kilometri. Cu moralul ridicat, iata-ne inghesuindu-ne in R3001, in directia Predeal. Sunt multi biciclisti in tren (ca in fiecare zi de week-end din primavara pana-n toamna), asa ca aranjam toate bicicletele astfel incat cei ce coboara primii sa le poata scoate usor. Dupa un drum destul de monoton, ajungem in Predeal. Iesim din gara, luam apa si cate ceva de rontait si ii dam bice catre Paraul Rece. O mica urcare chiar la inceput, urmata de coborarea lunga catre Rasnov. Trafic destul de intens, mai intens decat ne asteptam. Pana spre Tohanul Nou avem parte si de niste depasiri tipic romanesti infaptuite de anumiti participanti la trafic, cu masini ce trec la cateva palme de umerii nostri. Drumul este oricum de o calitate indoielnica iar cei ce se avanta cu viteza in depasiri (eventual in timp ce mai si vorbesc la telefon) sunt cel putin inconstienti. Iesim din acest DN73 (care este si european) concluzionand ca varianta pe DN73A este mult mai ok (cu cativa kilometri mai lunga, dar mai linistita). Trecem rapid prin Zarnesti si facem primul popas la iesirea catre Poiana Marului. Rapid, halim niscaiva fructe/dulciuri si ne hidratam. Vremea este frumoasa si soarele deja arde. Va fi cald astazi. Drumul continua un pic in urcare pana spre Poiana Marului, dupa care incepe sa coboare destul de mult. Mergem intr-un ritm sustinut si incepem sa zarim Fagarasii pe partea stanga, dupa Sercaia. Popas la un izvor. Aici ne intalnim cu un grup de biciclisti care mergeau tot spre Transfagarasan. Aveam sa ne depasim reciproc de cateva ori pana in Cartisoara. E din ce in ce mai cald. Drumurile judetene sunt destul de libere si, dupa Victoria, incepem sa simtim ca ne apropiem de munte. Culmile si crestele devin mult mai clare iar lumina amiezii se transforma treptat in lumina de dupa-amiaza. In Cartisoara, un ultim popas la un magazin alimentar satesc. Apa si chiftele (pentru Marius). De fapt, pana in Cartisoara ne-am mai oprit de vreo doua ori la magazine. Am baut si Cola si Sprite, noi care nu simtim de fel nevoia lor. Dar in bataia soarelui si cu ceva kilometri deja "in picioare", stiind ca urmeaza urcusul pana la Balea Lac, creierasul a dictat. Dupa Cartisoara, trecem de marea de grataragii ce impanzea pajistile si albiile rauletelor si incepem urcusul. Partea nordica a Transfagarasanului debuteaza destul de monoton, cu pante care nu sunt prea abrupte. De fapt, ni se par usurele, insa deja avem 120+ de kilometri pedalati pe ziua in curs, iar caldura ne-a stors destul. Urcam cu pauze, incetisor dar sigur. Pe masura ce castigam altitudine, privelistile devin din ce in ce mai frumoase. La Balea Cascada nici nu am mai oprit. Ne-am multumit cu cateva poze fara elemente antropice si o poza de grup undeva pe marginea drumului, in timp ce haleam banane. Soarele incepe sa apuna in vreme ce caldarea lacului Balea ni se deschide in fata ochilor. O sa avem ceva de urcat. Ultimii kilometri sunt cei mai intensi. E clar ca vom ajunge la lumina frontalei, dar avem cortul si nu ne grabeste nimeni. Voia buna nu ne paraseste si urcam cu drag. Incepe sa se intunece. Mult nu ar mai fi, dar mai dureaza caci inaintam incet. Scoatem frontalele. Deja ne dor foarte tare fundurile, de mai ca ne vine sa pedalam doar ridicati din sa, in ciuda oboselii. Luna troneaza deasupra caldarii si crucea de la Balea straluceste destul de evident. Mai avem cateva ace de par. In ultimii doi kilometri am mers gandindu-ma doar la cum sa apas pe pedale. Simteam ca daca ma opresc, greu ma voi urni din loc. Intr-un moment de oboseala, ma amuz in sinea mea de un lapsus ciudat ce vizeaza numele cabanei in apropierea careia vom campa. Imi trec multe alte nume prin cap: Curmatura, Malaiesti, Paltin, Negoiu.. dar fix "Balea" nu! Ultimul cot. E bezna. Vad mai multe masini parcate pe marginea drumului, ceea ce inseamna ca ne apropiem de cabana. Ah, uite ca se vad niste lumini. E bazarul cu bunatati. Proptesc bicicleta de un stalp si ies cu aparatul foto la intampinare, setat pe "blitz". Rapid apar Nicoleta si Marius. Epuizarea este evidenta. Am ajuns. E trecut de ora 22:00, am pedalat 153 km si am urcat ~2150 metri in altitudine. Intreb la restaurantul Paltinu daca mai tin deschis,dar primesc un raspuns negativ. Apucam sa cumparam niste carnati uscati, o roata de cascaval si paine de la bazar. Suprapret, dar asta este. Luam si apa. Acum, Marius ne indruma catre locul de cort stiut de el. Ca sa ajungem acolo, a trebuit sa caram bicicletele si bagajele pe un mic deal (sa-i zicem asa) din spatele cabanei Salvamont Balea. Pe intuneric. Nu stiu de unde am mai avut resursele necesare sa facem si asta, dar nu am simtit impedimente. Punem corturile, ne schimbam. S-a lasat racoarea. Luam masa pe niste bolovani langa corturi, gustand cu satisfactie din palinca pe care am adus-o (~ 1/2 dintr-o sticla de 0.5 L).
  2. Hi, I'm looking for a bike shop or tourist point where I can rent a professional bike (or trekking bike). I would like to bike to Paltinis or Balea on the main road, so I don't need a mountain bike. Hope anyone can give me an address or link. Thanks in advance. Greetings Alex
  3. The man said : "If you’re a fan of television’s British Top Gear series, you’ll probably have heard of this road. It’s called the Transfăgăraşan and it was rated by the Top Gear trio as the best driving road in the world. It is a very difficult point to argue, other than to say that it’s also probably one of the best roads for two wheelers on the planet." It's the opinion of a motorbiker. I've climbed this road (the national road DN 7c) 5 times already, as a two-wheeler, but only under my own burned calories - that is to say, as a cyclist only. Never alone, always with friends of my sort. So it's time to tell a story about this road. It links Wallachia (the southern historical province of Romania) with Transylvania (located centrally, within the Carpathian arch). At it's southern tip, it begins in Piteşti, passes through Curtea de Argeş, climbs to barrage lake Vidraru (built on Argeş river) and then ascends to Bâlea Lake (2040 m), through a tunnel boared in the mountain's top (not through a regular pass). At it's northern tip, it detaches from main road DN1 (Sibiu-Brasov) near the village of Cârtişoara and ascends to Bâlea waterfall and then, on a highly spectacular course, to Bâlea Lake. This is the section that earned it's reputation inside and outside Romania. Due to heavy snow in the winter, the road is open usually between July 1st and October 31st. The Southern Side As I live in Bucharest, this was the first side that I climbed. It happened in 2010, together with some of my friends cyclists, while en route to the annual cyclists' meeting in Cârtişoara. There were 3 adventurous days which I will not ever forget. In the morning of July 30th I took a train from Bucharest to Curtea de Argeş, together with about 15 fellows cyclists. The Curtea de Arges railwaystation building is some piece of architecture In Curtea de Argeş, former capital of Wallachia, we stopped a moment at the most well known historical monument, the Monastery, built between 1512-1517 under the rule of Neagoe Basarab (mural picture finished 1526). It serves as a royal necropolis, as the following Romanian monarchs have been buried here : King Charles I and Queen Elisabeth of Romania, King Ferdinand and Queen Mary of Romania, King Charles II. It is also a symbol of Romanian orthodoxism, receiving over 100.000 pilgrims and tourists a year. Then off we got on our way to Arefu, the last commune before steep climb to Vidraru lake begun. If one looks upwards to north-west, the Poenari citadel can be seen, marking the beginning of the slope. The remains of this citadel are today a museum, to be reached after climbing 1480 stairs. It was first documented at 1500, but the builder remains unknown. We only know that it was later used by Vlad the Impaler, ruler of Wallachia, for military purposes (not permanent habitation). The road was paved with poor quality asphalt at the time, full of potholes, before and along the lake. Now, as of 2012, the situation has improved much and you feel comfortable while riding even a race bike. At Vidraru dam we decided to take left on an unpaved road, leading us to Cumpăna chalet, where I had accomodation booked overnight. As I came on my hybrid bike, meant mostly for the road, it was a bit harder, but I managed to arrive safely at the chalet. The others slept in their tents, on the lake's shore. It's there where I came to meet them again the next morning. The landscape at sunset and sunrise did worth all efforts taken until now. It was the Big Day, when we were supposed to do the Great Climb and meet with fellow cyclists from all over the country at the base camp in Cârtişoara, on the northern side. After escaping the forest road, I met the real deal and hurried up to catch up with the people. It happened near the Black Peak chalet ("Piscul Negru"), where we stopped a bit for a beer and chat. Then up we rode again. The real ascension begins 15 km before Bâlea Lake, after a bridge above the Capra ("goat") rivulet. The scenery is breathtaking, and this gets amplified by the fact that I am here for the first time ever. I am climbing, stopping to take pictures and then up in the saddle. 8 km from Bâlea Lake chalet we stopped for lunch at Capra chalet. Having the internal batteries recharged, the Ride continued. Quick stop at the Capra waterfall (here with fellow Heinz). A mild fog was embracing us as we were beyond 1700 m altitude. At 2000 m I got down and looked back. Jesus, I couldnt imagine I would get here on 2 human-powered wheels! It felt great. But then this enthusiasm got a bit tempered by the unlit tunnel linking the southern and northern side. Thanks God, it is now lit, as local authorities worked on electrification here. But had it been lit then, I would have not entered a deep pothole in the ground and fell off the bike. It was ok for me, but not for the front tire. Having reached the Bâlea Lake chalet, a hot tea and Romanian sour soup were needed (temperature was as low as 10 degrees Celsius). Be aware the traffic in weekends is very high. Therefore I could see that everyone was parked everywhere. Cyclists continue to be an exotic appearance in Romania but their number is constantly increasing. The atitude of the public is also slowly getting better. At that moment only the significant amount (around 400) told the motorists that we are having a special event here. The road and mountain is ours too and we will gladly share it and protect it together.