Day 15…Tranfagarasan, the way down

16 May

We took our time to enjoy the scenery while having breakfast on the terrasse under a slight sun. After that we left the lodge and started the way down, which started behind that little door. It is completely dark in there, it is the longest tunnel in Romania, a kilometer long, and currently closed to cars as you can see 🙂

In some parts the tunnel soil is completely frozen and full of black ice that is really hard to spot, even with our lights. Fortunately, we are aware/lucky enough not to slip.

We’ve been told the other side of the mountain should be easier to ride  because it is the sunny one. We are then confident about finding a nice path with no snow or at least less snowy than what we had yesterday. But…this is how it looked

Our minds start feeling like going back for a sec when we discover that wall of snow in front of us. But we are too close to go back at that point. We put on our helmet for one of the first time and scouted the “path” with caution, first with no bikes, then with the luggages and finally with the bicycles. It took us almost 2 hours for less than one kilometer, but what a nice feeling to safely arrive without loosing anything.

One last little challenge, taking over that bulldozer and then it is downhill for long long time : about 30 km straight! 😉

This is freedom!

Our feet are wet and frozen but we don’t really care, we enjoy being the first people crossing the Tranfagarasan with vehicules this year. We know what we just did was maybe too much, so not sure we would cross a closed road on a high mountain again!  It might be a good lesson of wisdom. But we are happy that we conquered the Carpathian by the toughest way 🙂

The landscape gets back to green and the temperature increases as we go down

Life takes its rights

Just after taking this picture I saw a family bear running fast in the little hill. What a good day!

Victory!

 Our 20k ride in the flat lands next to the Carpathian to reach Curtea de Arges seems to be a piece of cake. Welcome back to the civilisation.

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7 Responses to “Day 15…Tranfagarasan, the way down”

  1. Ljiljana Kvakic May 17, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Proud of you! Neveytheless, take care. Ljiljana Kvakic

  2. Joe May 17, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Awsome guys, great ride! That’s the road the Top Gear crew did: http://youtu.be/OLAtcrB0GZg (check out from 4’50”)

    • cyclingfurther May 17, 2012 at 8:36 am #

      Yes i saw it before, that’s one of the reason we choosed that way 😉

      • Akwel :) May 17, 2012 at 10:51 am #

        Well done guys
        C’est chouette de suivre cela de chez nous, merci pour les photos et surtout pour l’aventure que vous nous faite vivre jour aprés jour par textes et photos interposé 🙂

  3. Françoise May 17, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Félicitations à vous! Mais restez prudents: les voitures valent bien les plaques de verglas…

  4. Mike May 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Nice effort, great accomplishment!

    Wish you all the best guys , keep posting these amazing pictures!

  5. Gheorghe and Cosmina May 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Congratulations!
    Amazing accomplishment!
    Bravo!
    Chapeau!

    If you plan to visit Bucharest, you are very welcome to stay with us. We love cycling. We believe that life, among other things, is to share and to give. Our hosting capabilities consists of urban lodging (three room apartment), 4 km from Bucharest downtown. Bus lines nearby.

    You could find more details about us here: http://www.warmshowers.org

    mobile phone ++40 723 282 273

    Wish you fair skyies and tail winds!
    Gheorghe and Cosmina

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