Gyor to Gyula, slicing through Hungary

Trip Start Jun 01, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Esztergomi Campground

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Continuing our zippy bicycling adventure across Europe we head through Hungary. Germany and Austria have some of the most organized bicycle routes I've played on, so any country after those two is going to be a tough act to follow. Hungary does have a few route signs and bicycle roads/lanes or sorts but on the whole we're back to sholder riding. There are a handful of people who continue the Donue ride to Budapest, so some of the "Zimmer Frei" signs are hanging along the route. However, east of Budapest we lost that. Back to camping or finding where the locals stay. But, that's what we're looking for on this trip anyway, seeing how the locals live. Tourist spots are too expensive!
In Hungary we continue to enjoy the architecture of castles, churches and (thanks to the Turkish influence) Citadels. Of course, Budapest outshines them all, but my favorite was a few days out of Budapest. We came around a corner and boom, there was the Esztergomi Bazilika, lovely in the sun, sitting on the hill. We were at the end of a very long day so we were too tired to stop and fiddle with the camera, thinking we could do that in the morning. But when we went to check into the Esztergomi campground the lady told us that there was a Punk Rock festival right next door and that it would most likely go till 4am. Ugh, that makes sleeping challenging. So, us and our tired legs got back on the bike for another hour of grinding to the next campground, pictures of the Bazilika forgotten. Thanks to Wikipedia, you can view it here
We did a whirlwind tour of Budapest, feeling much more like taking photos. (actually, Matt does almost all the photos, I just take pictures of him when I think of it). Budapest is far too large for one day, but we wanted to keep moving feeling like we just did a big city in Vienna. We enjoyed walking around the Parliament and Castle Hill. We even stumbled on a vegetarian restaurant which served Tofu, whooie!
Three more days of peddling took us across the eastern plains of Hungary, truly the breadbasket of the country. Now it's onto Romania towards Bucharest, via Transylvania. Hmm... Romania looks a lot bigger then Hungary....
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