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ollebapur

timisioara - bucharest

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Hello,

 

I'm a mexican guy living in Germany at the moment and I'm planning to bike through Romania in august 2013, starting in Timisoara and ending up in Bucharest. I aim for 1300-1500km, following this route more or less:

 

https://maps.google.de/maps/ms?msid=202009802331648399693.0004d73dec3ac9a403d04&msa=0

 

Most likely, I will cover the route on my own, and I intend to camp along the way.

 

My questions overall are:

1) Is it safe to travel by bike, alone, in Romania?

 

2) Do you know campsites in/near those locations? If so, do you have a website which I could have a look at?

 

3) Would it be easy to find bike stores along the way? (specially in smaller cities / towns?

 

4) Should I get worried about bears /stray dogs?

 

5) Are the high roads (Transalpina / Transfagarasan) open during august? How safe is it for bikers?

 

Any other input would be extremely useful, and of course, anybody who might like to join me is more than welcome to do so! ;)

 

At the moment, I don't think I have more questions, but probably more come up as the date comes sooner :)

 

 

/Ruben Pabello

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Hi Ruben, welcome on the forum and in Romania!

 

I will try to answer some of your questions and other colleagues will surely jump in and complete.

 

1. Generally it is safe to cycle alone in Romania. Of course there are places that is safer to avoid (like everywhere), but it's not the case on the map you proposed. 

3. Bike stores numbers are increasing more and more, but I would say - only in bigger cities (Timisoara, Arad, Cluj-Napoca, Alba Iulia, Ramnicu Valcea, Sibiu, Medias, Sighisoara, Brasov, Pitesti and of course Bucharest)

4. Taking into account your route stays mainly on national and county roads, I don't think so. Only if you intend to camp in the wilderness there is a chance to meet them.

5. Transalpina and Transfagarasan are open in august and are safe for cycling. Transfagarasan is supposed to undergo repairment during this summer on the northern side, but the period is unknown right now.

 

I saw on the map you intend to take same very trafficked national and european roads and I would suggest you avoid them - traffic there can be a nightmare sometimes :

- E81 (Cluj-Napoca - Turda - Alba Iulia)

- E81 (Ramnicu Valcea - Pitesti)

- E60 (Sighisoara - Brasov)

 

There are alternative routes on secondary roads, I will take a look and propose these.

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2.Some places to camp, on your route:

 - DN 75, Gârda de Sus, Alba district, near "Mama Uţa'' motel/pension. It's a private field, very good conditions to camp, . Link

 - Camping Blăjel "Doua Lumi", near Mediaş

 - Camping "Vila Franka", Sighisoara

 - Camping Dârste, near Brasov

 

A useful link: blog

 

Good luck!

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