Danube Day 11: Drobeta-Turnu Severin To Cetate
Total Distance 80 km
See end of post for map, elevation profile, and GPX file.
Trip overview can be found here.
We were feeling well rested after our first night in a real bed in 10 days. We were stirring around 7 and heard our bike bells being rung. We had parked our bikes inside the restaurant downstairs and told them we would be up bright and early to get them out of the way.
Clearly our definition of early was not the same as theirs. But they knew the one thing that would get us down faster than anything else, and that was messing with our bikes. We sent a representative downstairs to make sure everything was all good. We packed up our stuff and got on the road.
We saw signs for a Carrefour and thought it would be best to get provisions before we left town. We weren’t sure there was going to be another market along our route. We stocked up on too much stuff, as usual, and had trouble finding places to put it.
With our newly reduced insignificant mass we set off to battle traffic and hills. The road out of town was pretty easy to find and we were on our way. With the poor quality of the roads we had experienced so far we were pleasantly surprised to see nice pavement, wide lanes and even a shoulder to ride on. I had achieved critical sweatiness at the top of the hill and decided we needed to stop.
As we were stopped for a break we noticed a strange sight coming toward us. We didn’t want to gawk, but we really couldn’t help ourselves. Briana rushed to get the camera out and be nonchalant, but we were caught anyway. We think it was worth it but judge for yourself.
We saw our Spanish friends we had met a few days earlier when they had stopped to talk to another cyclist heading the other direction. We were at the turn for the one designated campground for a couple hundred kilometers. We stopped to chat with everyone for a few minutes before heading on our way.
We started cycling again but started to feel really lazy. I think I might have been the first to suggest we turn back to the campground and call it a day. It didn’t take much to get everyone to agree and we turned around and went back to the campground.
We got to the so called campground, but we didn’t really even see a reception office or anyone to ask about where to camp. Eventually we found someone who told us where to pitch and showed us a port-o-potty we could use. It wasn’t much of an established campground but it was free.
We met Rob who was cycling from Constanta all the way back to Wales. He was cycling for a local charity and had about 6 weeks to make the cross continental journey. It was quite an ambitious undertaking and to show our support we cooked him dinner.
We sat on the banks of the Danube and swapped stories from the road. We passed info about what we could respectively expect on the road ahead and watched the sunset. Not too much longer to go.
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