What a long, strange trip...
Trip Start Jul 04, 2013
29Trip End Aug 29, 2013
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Many of the towns have either abandoned buildings/offices/stores or are in an incomplete state of restoration/construction. However, the people remain warm and friendly, doing everything they can to understand our speech and gestures while being creative and earnest in their own attempts to ask us questions about our trip and relieving us of some more currency that makes no sense to us
And sometimes the day consists just of peddling through a hot headwind to get to a hot campsite. Sometimes there's a pool, river or lake to cool us off there but we never know until we get to camp. I find the headwinds mentally draining and when the terrain is monotonous, I have to dig a little deeper to find some redemption.
Yesterday the highlight of my day was stopping at a closed restaurant and convincing the proprietor to sell us some cold drinks. While there, we watched a Romanian cook on television using a caulking gun to stuff sausage casings. He then demonstrated how you could creatively twist the links into a heart-shape OR the shape of the breast-cancer awareness symbol. He then expertly dropped the sausages into a pan of shallow water and as the sausages began to boil, he enthusiastically yelled "Boom!". I think that's Romanian for "Bamm!" I wanted to stay and learn how to boil potatoes, but my companions were on a vigilant search for ice cream, so we headed back out into the heat.
We are now into a new time zone (8 hours ahead of Texas time) and beginning to venture into the Carpathian mountain range. This morning was cool and after sleeping like a baby and consuming Bonny's "Super-porridge", I felt invigorated for a morning of climbing and coasting in the foothills. We are now in a quaint little hotel with "vintage" decor. I'm excited that I don't have to struggle to deflate, roll and stuff my Thermarest in the morning. And I get to ask Lisa more personal questions ;-) One more week in Romania.
And tomorrow we ride...