36 results found for June, 2013

Spent

Spent

It has been following us around for a few days now, but the shattering exhaustion from high paced sightseeing in Romania followed by a series of big cycling days has finally overtaken us. Our legs are devistatingly tired, yes, but it is more than that too. I’m physically run down, my mind fixated on the […]

Slow Progress

Slow Progress

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Ben: With yesterday’s cool temperatures, flat terrain, and enjoyable riding we felt more than prepared for today’s ride of about 110 kilometers. It wasn’t going to be nothing, but a simple repeat of yesterday would land us not too far from the Slovakian border. We had a pretty good start too – there wasn’t much […]

Second Chance

Second Chance

  When I crawled out of the tent at the usual hour, one thing stood out to me: despite the fact that we’d been warned about the heat wave that was here last week, it was downright chilly outside. Relieved that the hot weather we’d been gearing ourselves up for might not play into our […]

Wooden Churches and Big Cities

Wooden Churches and Big Cities

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With last night’s drive having been cut a bit short, we hit the road early this morning. We needed to get clear back to Oradea over slow Romanian roads and we had at least a couple of stops we wanted to make along the way. Right out of the gate, our route took us off […]

Modesty Police

Modesty Police

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Early morning found us back on the road, finally headed toward the painted monasteries that are UNESCO World Heritage sites. As usual, the going was terribly slow until Ben gave up on the speed limits, joining the locals as we cruised through towns and villages. Though the way was fairly quiet, we were surprised when […]

The Great Panda Adventure

The Great Panda Adventure

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From Sighisoara, today’s route mostly entailed heading north to the Moldova region of Romania. The early hours of our drive steered us through farmland and through mid-sized cities that made for insanely slow driving. Then, once we’d escaped the boxy city, we hit a series of long, messy construction zones, many which required stops for […]

Sledding in the Carpathians Part 3

Sledding in the Carpathians Part 3

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The villages eventually thinned, leaving us with hills lit up with evening glow as we rolled into Sighisoara. We checked into the local camping, once again a lovely spot for tents next to a terrible parking lot for RVs, and then headed into town in search of some fresh vegetables. We had no luck on […]

Sledding in the Carpathians Part 2

Sledding in the Carpathians Part 2

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Only a couple of kilometers out of the mountain pass and the landscape was back to the usual hilly farmland we’ve grown accustomed to. After a little back and forth driving between villages we found the right road and headed north toward the UNESCO town of Sighisoara.   The road wasn’t exactly in the GPS, […]

Sledding in the Carpathians

Sledding in the Carpathians

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We dragged ourselves out of bed early this morning with work to do and preparations to make. We had a rental car to pick up at 10:00. By 9:30, we were on our way with one stop to make. Ben desperately needed a haircut. Unable to find an adorable barber the likes of which we […]

Sibiu by Night

Sibiu by Night

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When the day finally cooled off, we headed out to see the rest of Sibiu, this time by night. The characteristic windows of the area make all the buildings here look like they have eyes, especially so as the evening dimmed a bit. Without much of an agenda, we set to meandering through the streets […]

Living Museum

Living Museum

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One of the most annoying things as we travel occurs when we wake up on a rest day without a firm plan about how we will spend it, which is exactly what we did today. Would we go into town and meander the sites? Ride our bikes out to the cultural museum, 7 kilometers away? […]

Ninety Miles to Sibiu

Ninety Miles to Sibiu

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We had a great debate yesterday: to ride all the way to Sibiu in one day, or to take it slow and ride it in two days? We were eager to get to “somewhere” for a rest day rather than hanging out in a town along the way, but 72 miles (I counted wrong, it […]