Biking Transylvania, day 2: Campia Turzii to Alba Iulia

Things we learned today:

  1. Always allow more time than you think you’ll need. (We keep forgetting this one.)
  2. Yesterday’s mud was not anomalous. At one point I had to carry both of my panniers and the bike because it had accumulated so much mud that the wheels no longer turned.
  3. For all we found Slovakia’s “long-distance cycleways” to be a mixed bag of dirt roads, they’ve got nothing on Romania’s. Disused mud path? Let’s call it a long-distance cycleway! Yes, this was the mud.
  4. When you’re super excited for a bumpy dirt road because it’s so much better than what you’ve just been riding on, you’re in bad shape.
  5. Biking on a narrow shoulder of a busy highway is like single track, except that if you fall to the left you’ll die. Luckily, we didn’t fall, just got honked at by lots of trucks.
  6. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. About 800m from our hotel, the bolt that holds my seat sheared in half, causing the seat to fall off completely, followed in quick succession by yours truly. Luckily, I wasn’t badly hurt. But seriously? A bolt shearing in half??

Here’s to better luck tomorrow. As we speak, Michael is combining Street View with komoot to try to build a route that avoids both the busy highway and the mud.

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