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Cycling through the southern half of Dobrogea

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Hi,

A few words and some pictures of a cycling tour I did last summer, in early June.

Dobrogea is the most eastern region of Romania.

It is also called “the land between the Danube river and the Black Sea”.

Part of the Ottoman Empire for almost 500 years, Dobrogea was reunited with Romania in 1878 (after the Romanian War of Independece).

Ottoman legacy is still present today in Dobrogea, through mosques and muslim population (mainly of Turkish or Tatar origins).

An interesting fact is that the North Eastern corner of Bulgaria is also called Dobrogea.

More about Dobrogea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobruja

From Bucharest till Cernavoda we went by train.

For the moment, in Romania there are only a few trains with bicycle transport facilities.

For the rest of the trains, the transport of the bicycle is allowed, but the bikes must be stored in the first carriage, near the engine, or in the last carriage, at the end of the train.

Before getting into the train, it is absolutely necessary to speak with the train chief (the guy who check the tickets of the passengers).

A few years ago, it was necessary to bribe the train chief for getting the bike into the train.

Now, the system was changed, meaning that the bikes are allowed into the train and the train chief even gives a ticket for the bikes.

The bikes, on the last carriage of the train.

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Cernavoda is a small town, on the eastern bank of the Danube river.

It is also the place of the single Romanian nuclear power plant.

A few words about Cernavoda: http://en.wikipedia..../Cernavod%C4%83

Before getting to Cernavoda, there is an old bridge over the Danube (not my picture).

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Now, it is no longer in use.

It is called Anghel Saligny bridge, in the memory of the bridge designer and chief constructor.

Anghel Saligny was one of the greatest Romanian engineers and a pioneer on bridge building.

More about him: http://en.wikipedia..../Anghel_Saligny

The bridge over the Danube was built in five years (1890 – 1895).

In 1895, the bridge was name King Carol I (the first King of Romania).

At the time of the opening, it was one of the greatest bridges in Europe.

It was closed in 1987.

Now, near the Anghel Saligny bridge is a new one for the trains, and a motorway for cars.

More about the bridge: http://en.wikipedia...._Carol_I_Bridge

One more thing: at the opening ceremony, 15 heavy steam locomotives crossed the bridge, with a speed of 60 km/h.

In that time, Anghel Saligny together with the chiefs of the constructors teams, stood in a boat on the Danube, right under the bridge.

This was the best guarantee of the work done.

Also Cernvadoda is located on the western end of the Dabube – Black Sea canal.

This 64 km canal, is the third one in the world (as length) after Suez and Panama.

The works on the canal began in 1949, as a work camp for the political convicts.

The work camp works were stopped in 1955.

The canal works began once again in 1975, this time as a regular construction site, with workers from the whole country.

The canal was open in 1984 and was regarded like one of the greatest achievements of the Communist regime.

More about the canal: http://en.wikipedia....Black_Sea_Canal

Day 1 – 60 km

Cernavoda – Rasova – Ion Corvin - Adamclisi

Cernvoda Pod (Cernavoda Bridge) platform.

Over the platform is A2 motorway, which connects Bucharest with Cernavoda.

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The finish point of the motorway at Cernavoda, near the Cernavoda rail station.

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Anyway, there are plans that in the near future the motorway between Bucharest and Constanta will be completed.

A few words about the roads in Romania (except highways)

DN = Main road (Drum national in Romanian), managed by the Ministry of Transportation.

DJ = County road (Drum judetean in Romanian), managed by the County Councils.

DC = Communal Road (Drum comunal in Romanian), managed by the Local Councils.

From Cernavoda, we turned south, on DJ 223 towards Rasova and Ion Corvin.

Wind mills, on the northern bank of Danube – Black Sea canal.

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Pines along the road.

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An amphitheater made by the vine.

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The Danube river.

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Day 1 – 60 km – Part II

Cernavoda – Rasova – Ion Corvin – Adamclisi

Along the Danube.

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Taking a bath.

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A sealing ring made from a tractor rear tire.

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From a pumping station of the irrigation system, which once was in use.

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Storks, which share the bottom part of the nest with other birds.

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Reinforced bank, maybe for the time when the Danube overflow.

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A lake, south of Rasova.

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Day 1 – 60 km – Part III

Cernavoda – Rasova – Ion Corvin – Adamclisi

Aliman village, south of Rasova (on DJ 223).

In this village, in the school yard is a statue of Dan Spataru, an important Romanian pop singer.

He was born in Aliman.

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Water pump in Floriile village (south of Aliman).

Ideal to cool off a bit.

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Towards Ion Cornvin (on DJ 223).

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Road junction DJ 223 and DN 3.

We went East on DN 3, towards Urluia.

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Old style water well.

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Filed of poppies near Urluia (on DN 3).

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frumos tare si totusi sunt in dobrogea de ceva timp si nu am vazut atatea frumuseti in drumurile mele pe cursiera.

ma cam bate gandul si pe mine sa-mi iau un MTB :)

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@ CiureaAndrei23

Thanks.

Dont’t get me wrong, but we are using a different language in this section.

For the Romanian language, we can use this:

http://www.ciclism.ro/forums/index.php/topic/8781-tura-in-dobrogea-de-sud/

Day 1 – 60 km – Part IV

Cernavoda – Rasova – Ion Corvin – Adamclisi

After Ulruia, the next stop was Adamclisi, where as planned, we call it a day.

Adamclisi is just a small village.

Beside that, at the eastern end of the village, there is a monument dedicated to a battle which took place in the winter of 101 – 102 AD, between the Romans and the Dacians.

The battle was won by the Romans, but with heavy casualties.

A few years after, in 109 AD, emperor Trajan built the Adamclisi monument, in the memory of the 102 AD battle.

More about this monument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Adamclisi

More about Dacia and the Roman conquest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacia

The Adamclisi monument today.

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What is now on the site, is a copy made about 35 years ago, and only the bottom part (a few stairs) are form the Roman time.

What remained from the original Roman monument, due to preservation reasons, was moved to Adamclisi Museum, inside the village.

A few pictures from this museum (entry fee is 7 Lei, less than 2 Euros).

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Near the museum is located a small restaurant, which cheap wine and quite decent food.

One more thing: between 1st of May and 30th of September, both the museum and the monument site are opened from 08.00 AM till 20.00 PM, 7 days a week.

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Day 2 - Part I

100 km

Adamclisi – Deleni – Sipotele – Tufani – Olteni – Viroaga – Cerchezu – Negru Voda – Mangalia – Jupiter

The tents were set inside the yard of the Adamclisi monument.

Cyclist are welcome here to set their tents.

There is no official fee, but a little something for the night guard will do.

We gave him 30 lei (about 7 Euros) for 3 persons and 2 tents.

The place for the tents is just opposite the guard’s booth.

It looks like this (the red arrow points the drinking / washing / cooking water source).

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And a delicate balance, early in the morning.

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From Adamclisi, we cycled a few km towards Deleni, on DN 3.

Before Deleni, we turned south, towards Sipotele, on NJ 307.

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Strange encounter.

It was for the first time in my life I saw how a mole looks like.

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After a short break in Sipotele, we cycled towards Tufani and Furnica, on DJ 391A.

In other words, we followed till the sea shore, the road which is parallel with the Bulgarian border.

Although it was only the first week-end of June, in southern Dobrogea it was very hot, and almost no shadow provided by the trees.

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Fortunately, from time to time there was a light breeze.

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After Furnica, there is a road junction: DJ 392 with DJ 391A.

We went on DJ 91A, towards Negru-Voda and Mangalia.

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Day 2 - Part II

100 km

Adamclisi – Deleni – Sipotele – Tufani – Olteni – Viroaga – Cerchezu – Negru Voda – Mangalia – Jupiter

Between Olteni and Cerchezu, on DJ 391A.

It looks like once upon a time, a river was passing through.

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Between Cerchezu and Negru Voda on DJ 391 (before Cerchezu, DJ 391A became DJ 391).

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After a short break in Negru Voda, we cycled towards Mangalia, on DJ 391.

Far in the distance, we could guess the cranes from Mangalia shipyard.

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Between Negru Voda and Mangalia there are 32 km, most of them on flat road.

There are only a few slopes, but not very difficult.

Finally, near Mangalia city entrance.

Now we could see the cranes form the shipyard.

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Day 2 - Part III

100 km

Adamclisi – Deleni – Sipotele – Tufani – Olteni – Viroaga – Cerchezu – Negru Voda – Mangalia – Jupiter

Mangalia’s pleasure port.

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After Mangalia, we cycled north, on DN 39 and DN 39D about 7 km till Jupiter (a seaside resort).

And this was the end of the cycling tour through southern Dobrogea.

A piece of advice: if you want to cycle the route we did, do it in mid-May or mid-October.

Otherwise it is very hot and could be unpleasant.

And don’t forget the sun protection cream.

If someone has any question, please feel free to ask.

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Very good and nice tour for you.We have a very nice country but many people don't know this.Thanks for your photos.Good for you!

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Hi,

Is this tour doable with a road bike, as regarding the roads?

Thanks!

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@ mihaighimpu

Thanks.

@ pegroeg

The whole tour was done on good tarmac roads.

So I think that a road bike will do.

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Excellent pictures and more than a fair presentation of your beautiful country.

The reading has been very useful in understanding and preparing myself in view of my upcoming cycle trip thru the Balkans.

Thank you.

Corrado

(Milano-Italy)

http://balkans2012.blogspot.com/

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