Danube Day 14: Corabia to Zimnicea, Romania
Danube Day 14: Corabia to Zimnicea
Total Distance 91 km
See end of post for map, elevation profile, and GPX file.
Trip overview can be found here.
After yesterday’s incredible headwinds we were in poor spirits. We were hoping for a short day but we had another 90+ kilometers ahead of us and another brutal headwind to fight. We were starting to get a little jaded at the scenery since every town was starting to blend together and every field was looking the same.
Briana and I were both in a bad mood because we just wanted to get there and get off the bike. We stopped in Turnu Magurele and reevaluated our purpose and gave ourselves an attitude adjustment by way of the largest cappuccinos we could find. We stocked up on groceries and hit the road with our goal being to make it to Zimnicea.
Accommodations were becoming less frequent as we continued east. There were fewer places to camp since everything we saw along the road was houses or open fields without a tree in sight. Even though camping is legal on public land we didn’t see any prospects on the map. We made a plan to head to the port in Zimnicea to see if we could find a place to camp by the water.
As we went through town after town we were trying to keep our spirits up by waving and saying hi to all the people we saw. We are quite a spectacle so it usually turns their awkward stare into a smile.
We went through a town with a bunch of kids wanting the usual high five and at this point we were just waving and saying hi after the last few encounters. They were getting kind of aggressive and hitting our hands as hard as they could and even throwing rocks at us. So we were a little worried that they might just grab our hands and yank us over.
We finally arrived in Zimnicea at around 5 pm and headed to the port. It turned out to be a huge industrial area without access to the river. We got chased by dogs on our way in and it was a little scary since they were bigger than most others we encountered and didn’t cower when we gave them our best roars.
Luckily there were a few security guards around who called off the dogs and we were able to make our way to the river. We were about ready to head back into town to look for a hotel when we saw a border official and thought to ask him about camping.
He turned out to be really helpful and said he would take us to a beach where we could camp. We were really excited. He asked to check our passports which didn’t bother us too much considering he was a border official. Then he led us down the river to our own private beach to camp on.
It was quite a turn of events for the day and really made us feel better about Romania. We’ve only had a few nights camping right on the river and it makes nights like this much more special. We cooked a huge feast and relished our good fortune to sound of the Danube lapping at our feet.
Here is a link to the GPX file. (right-click save as)
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