Travel Blogs from Sibiu
... pretty empty as we climb higher.
After the first tunnel and first summit, arrived at via an amazing series or switchbacks that attest to the engineering skills of the road builders, we drop down a valley and find the Cabana Capra hotel and check in.
It costs 170 Lei (about £30) for a twin room with balcony on the 2nd floor and breakfast in the morning. We park the bikes out of sight round the back and ...
... carrying his P.C. Don't worry - he will survive.
* Today we are heading for Carisoara, a strategic stop at the beginning of one of Europe's most famous drives: the Transfagarasan. We journey along mostly minor rural roads ( often gravel track ) through picturesque villages where the horse is still very much the beast of burden and where the inhabitants are mostly involved in agriculture. There are still masses of sunflowers & stork ...
... its lofty position atop a mountain, requiring some 1500 steps to reach. Lesser known by tourists, this is the actual castle of Vlad the Impaler, however, it predominately lies in ruins thanks to a bombardment of Turkish artillery. Featuring some examples of impaling at the entrance and it's eerie history made this castle an imposing sight. Back in the car we begun our journey along the Transfagarasan. After the first 60km ...
... a lunch stop
in Craiova the ground started to rise, slowly at first then very much
more dramatically as we started onto the TransAlpina. But it was
raining, heavily and even the YingBo couldn't help to make matters
any better. By the time we reached the top we were in thick cloud
and heavy rain with winds swirling about us. Luckily though, for
just a minute or two the clouds ...
... for a short break to catch your breath, stretch and grab that essential sip of water.
I climbed the stairs with tour mate Courtney who was almost 5 months pregnant. Good on her to climb the stairs and try in her condition. Everyone continued to climb at his or her pace and we took it slow and steady.
Even though it took us over an hour to climb to the top, we made it!! Our tourmates were waiting for us up top and clapped as we ...