Day 20 Aug 1 (141km) Riding Through a Castle

Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
Trip End Aug 16, 2012

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I have left Serbia and made it to Romania! Just on the border where I crossed. The instant I get into Romania the road conditions change for the better. In fact they were great with large shoulders.

The day was filled with mostly flat roads along the Danube. As I entered the Iron Gates area of the Danube I was heading right into thunderstorms again. This tıme I would avoid almost all the rain. Right near the beginning is the Golubac Castle. The castle is very impressive, and considering that much of it is now submerged because of a dam project, it must have been even more impressive years ago. The castle is actually right on the road way and one has to drive through it in a series of small tunnels. 

I spent some considerable time poking around the castle, which is free to roam around on your own.

I was almost in Romania after a long day of biking. But first the border crossing. Good thing there are only 4 cars ahead of me. Oh wait at the Serbian exit border that means over 40 minutes to get through. There was a bus off to the side but it became apparent that was not the delay. The delay was that the guards just decide to do things slow. 

Finally past the Serbian exit border. Now to just pop in the exchange/duty free shop. I will buy something to drink and exchange some of the Serbian money for Romanian. Sounds easy but it is not. There was a guy in there and he must have heard me come in. After a couple minutes I made some noise to make sure he knew I was there. Nothing! A couple more customers come in, maybe this will get him out. Finally he comes out talking on his cell. It was obviously a personal call. He looks straight at me and just continues talking. This goes on for a few minutes and more customers come in. After several more minutes he finally decides that this is a business and he should do his job. Of course I can't exchange Serbian for Romanian it is the bordering country. At least I could get Euros which I will need to get into Turkey later.

Now on to Romania. The border guards were frıendly and the roads beautıful. Things are looking up. Drobeta Turnu-Severin ıs a mix of little modern and a lot of old. It is a quiet town with a lot of interesting house structures. Some houses were ornate and very old looking and what I thought was abandoned until I went to take a picture and a lady came out the front - Oops!

The town seem to center around a street blocked to cars and was made up of same material used in running tracks. As I walked down I expected all sorts of stores and excitement. There were small stores and fast food vendors but mainly just administrative buildıngs and maybe a school. I think the people gathered there because it was a quiet open area where they would not get hit by cars. The longer I stayed in Romania the more I understood this.  
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