Soggy Saturday (that's the polite title for today)

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Flag of Romania  , Transylvania,
Saturday, October 16, 2010

We set out today to cross the Hungary/Romania border.  We were not quite prepared for the contrast which lay ahead, the weather did not help but we are sitting here in Timisoara pretty whacked after a very tough day on the saddle.

The cycle to the border was steady, we stopped in a final Hungarian bar to splash the remaining coins we had in our pockets.  The lady behind the bar smoking away found it very funny that we were stocking up on chocolate bars just to ditch the left over Florents.  We got a little uncoordinated at one point and were helped out by the funniest couple we have so far encountered.  The old girl was on an electric scooter pulling her husband (one tooth remaining) on his broken down scooter using a piece of string.  When she jolted to a stop to help us out, she got a telling off by the big fat husband.  In between her very pleasant "Romania, turn left and straight" and "Good bye"  she was giving as good as she got to her impatient lump tied on behind.

The border police were very pleasant and interested that we had made it from England.  They were also very amused, like many this morning, that we were wearing shorts in the cold and rain.  Did I not mention the rain, today has been wet and cold, really wet and cold.  As we cycled into Romania we were challenged by our first mad dog.  He did not go as far to bite the bare leg but gave us a scare none the less.  He was the least of our worries over the next few hours.  Our introduction to Romania has not been good.  The landscape was dull, villages and towns we passed through contrasted sharply with what we have seen previously, even the basic ways of Hungary looked luxuriousness next to the poverty now on show.  Dogs roamed the streets, luckily too soaked to show us any interest (for today at least).  The worst part of today was the driving.  Normally on a bike you have to look out for what is coming behind and hope it gives you a wide enough berth, today it was much more about the overtaking cars ( + lorries + buses) coming at you on the wrong side of the road.  We were driven off the road on to the verge on several occasions and my bad language and arm waving escalated accordingly.  We will have to look for other routes because that sort of driving is not what we need.

People really sat up and looked today.  Most were really pleased to see us, waving from across the road, from the fields and beeping as they went past.  One white van man even stopped to offer us a lift, we took it to be a kidnap plan and turned him down politely!!

We limped into Timisoara after cycling about 62 miles, most of it without a stop and on edge with the driving around us.  Pavements and roads are battered and with the puddles it was tricky getting into town.  We checked into a clean but basic hotel (the receptionist saw an opportunity and stuck on a few quid for the bikes, I liked his style and responded with "whatever, I am cold and wet and want a hot shower".

I hope Romania gets better than today.  A night in the crypt with Dracula would have been less of an ordeal than the bike ride today.


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Spigaroo on

Does not sound good lads. Hope you are nice and cosy warm now and the horrors of the day are slowly being forgotten. The dodgy driving sounds like the worst bit; must be really mentally draining to stay on edge like that. Hope things pick up in Romania :-) Feels bad telling you my mundane news when you've had a crappy day but we're going to view a place on Tuesday - a bungalow in Plumpton. Looks really promising despite the crazy paving madness that's taken over the garden. Fingers crossed. Nearly time for the X factor. Jon and I have thought of you guys every time we've watched it - you'd be impressed with this year's lot Pols. Take care guys - tomorrow is another day X

triciagick
triciagick on

Well - what to say. Been quite sunny here and the country side is great. Hopefully things can only get betterd. We off to the Club for an early drink. Cheers - I think you both need one.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Mum and Dad on

Such a challenging day for you what with the snappy dogs ,mad drivers and the pot holes.Last two sounds like here! Hope you are warmed up and dried out now. Better day tomorrow.Lots and lots of love Happy reading Polly! Love the photosxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

alangick on

Read ur blog on my HTC really good reading Dad

jojoe
jojoe on

Romania dosen't sound too good - get out as fast as you legs will let you!! Your food intake makes for absolutley fasinating reading - no roast for us this Sunday - just chicken and ham pie with E and Mandy - George is staying at home to stydy global triganometry or the earth magnetism or some such thing to work out how tides occur (Ithink). Wrong - says Christopher who has just gone off to get a little beer to help him with his gardening - but it is such a beautiful day I think we may all go down for a pre-lunch drink on the terrace.

Hope you guys have a good day and coming week - not long now until Turkey and reuinion with family.

All our love Jojo and Christopher

Ernest on

Coincidence: yesterday I visited the RA, Treasures From Budapest, a magnificent exhibition of masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery. The collection was so vast I could not imagine what was left to show in Budapest but with your love of art Polly I did wonder if you visited either on your 'day off'.
Having seen the photo of the Glamcab Girls at Goodwood I am attempting to discover how I can send one to you of 'he who does not wish to remain anonymous' arm in arm with said girls and looking very pleased with himself.
Life at St. A's carries on apace and working with IJ, of course, is going well but it did take some adjustment as he really is not as pretty as you Polly and he has an irritating habit of sticking to the lesson plan which I am just not used to. Fairthorne Manor on Thursday, I cannot believe a year has passed since we were there. We have Poetry Day soon and I have been 'persuaded' to do something with an outdoor theme. I have managed to write two short pieces and I Shall slightly revise your 'Vixen' Mikey'.
Saw 42nd St. again and 'he who does not wish to remain anonymous' stood outside the stage door for the cast autographs. Lucie O-J who I took, was mortified.
Reading your daily adventures is rivetting but after learning of the incredible distances you cycle in a day I just have to go and have a lie down.
It's all very well reading Dracula Polly but you really should have a pocket wooden stake and garlic ring each for those Transylvanian 'B&Bs'
Take great care. x

cke
cke on

Hey guys,
Sounds like Romania can only get better so fingers crossed your day today was more enjoyable.
I am writing this whilst Match of the Day is on in the background, (oh joy!), but cannot complain as the sun has shone all day and we have had a lovely walk down on the beach with our kites which was fun. Our extreme stunt kite did appear to fall apart in mid air though - clearly couldn't handle the tricks I was pulling off ;-) Olaf didn't seem too bothered by the kites but loved the dog we had with us....good excuse for E and G to get a puppy I reckon!!
Anyway am rambling now so going to retire to the sofa and try and pinch the remote for the tv back.
Much Love Cxxx

clareabelle
clareabelle on

Hello you two...have had a really fun weekend and thought of you lots. First nite out in S'sea fri with my lovely neighbour; dinner in Old Porsmouth & cinema in Gunwharf yest with my parents and bumped into Dan's Claire in Chi this am before seeing Lex & Ian for brunch in Aldwick. Everyone is well & talking about your adventures. We went for a walk along the coast & played crazy golf which was actually quite fun! it was so sunny we had an ice cream & I am now chilling after a run & x-factor before work tomorrow :0( still day off Fri & hopefully seeing the girls in London at the weekend. Much love from the South Coast xxxxx

Lindy Campbell on

Cannot believe I have managed to get into this - computer has been a nightmare - hopefully I will manage to read all about the trip but meanwhile well done - you have done really well. Look forward to reading all the info and keeping in touch - broadband willing!!!!!
Take care and lots of love Lindy

Fiona W on

Hi Polly and Mikey, your travel blog makes such good night time reading. Not sure after your last two entries if I envy you or feeling pleased to be tucked up safely in my own bed. Actually no contender ...I envy you...even at my age! Am feeling incredibly young and trendy though to be writing on someones travel blog! Freddie sends a big kiss, and so do M and F.

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