ADR-CYCLING TOUR : JUNE 9 - 17, 2018

Saturday June 9th: Slatina-Timis

Johny welcomed the group ADR cyclists (12 cyclists + 2 support team) at pension Roma with the traditional bread, salt and tuica. Jef toasted on the bike trip and everybody enjoyed the evening meal. Then the van was unloaded, bicycles were assembled and stored at a safe place. After a refreshing beer the cyclists went to their room.

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Sunday June 10th  Slatina-Timis  -  Oravita

The beginning of our first trip at the medical center where Johny gave the starting shot!

2018 ADRfietsreis start1

 

The ride: relive movie :click here

The participants: 

  • Bert---Wesley1
  • Hans1
  • Ivan1
  • Johan1
  • Magrit---Jef1
  • Marc---Ludo1
  • Stef1
  • Ward---Willy1

It was a tough but very beautiful ride: 153km - 2423hm with long slopes and beautiful weather with a detour along the Bigar waterfall, the most beautiful in Romania. 7 drops of rain fell during the picnic. But as Warreke Lievens says "There are always more drops next to you than on you." 

 

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Monday June 11th: Oravita - Eselnita

The ride: relive movie click here

 2018 ADRfietsreis donau

Today we entered the nature park Portile de Fier (Iron Gates). After 41 km the Danube came into view, which we followed till Eselnita. Always with a view on Serbia because the mighty river here forms the border. We spent the night in hotel Septembrie, beautifully situated on the shore. With temperatures of 31 ° C under the thermometer cabin, a lot of sweat was left, but the pool cooled them down. Before  dinner a boat trip with a history lesson about the region. Here the Danube is at its narrowest. The Roman emperor Trajan crossed the stream near here with his troops to defeat the Dacians under King Decebal. 

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Tuesday June 12th: Eselnita - Pestisani 

The ride: relive movie click here

Sunrise on the Danube: they call this a 'room with a view'. Posing at the statue of Hercules, who has taken a bath in the place now called Baile Herculane. Hence through the Domogled nature park. At the end of the ride we visited the beautiful monastery of Tismana, where  the nuns hid  the gold stock of Romania after WWII during 4 years. The drinking bottle could be filled with fresh water from the source. In Pestisani we stayed overnight at Pension La Moara.  For the ride over the Transalpina tomorrow the bikes were checked in detail.

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Wednesday June 13th: Pestisani - Obarsia Lotrului

The ride: relive movie : click here

2018 ADRfietsreis transalpina

Today the top of our cycling trip: Transalpina, the highest road in Romania. Warming up through the hills on the way to Novaci at the foot of the Transalpina. Going on to the top, everyone was cycling on his own. With regularly% over 10% a firm climb! Fortunately, the weather was okay, although there were devasting storms in the region. 

movie: climbing more than 10%: click here

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Thursday June 14th: Obarsia Lotrului - Alba Iulia

The ride:relive movie click here

A day of recuperation? We started with a climb of 7 km with in the beginning up to 10%. Wesley and Bert arrived at the top together! After that, the descending was usually very good. The picnic was provided in a guest house along the route. In the evening, a guided visit to Alba Iulia, the fortified city where 100 years ago the pact was signed so  'big' Romania was formed. Transylvania came with Romania that consisted of Wallachia and Moldavia. A few drops of water during the guided tour could not harm us!

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Friday June 15th: Alba Iulia - Lacul Cincis

The ride: relive movie click here

 

2018 ADRfietsreis Cincis

We were leaving Alba Iulia along the busy road to Sebes, quickly we turned to a quiet road along the Mures river. A cloud-burst happened at the Corvin Castle in Hunedoara, so we supported the local catering industry. Well arrived on time at the lake of Cincis. The sun came back so we could enjoy a drink at the terrace of the hotel. Along the ride we saw the gaudy houses of some gypsy families

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Saturday Juni 16th : Lacul Cincis - Slatina-Timis

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2018 ADRfietsreis groep

 

The last ride in Romania. We had to cross a few sturdy hills. Afterwards slightly downhill where we drove a strong pace. A pizza as reinforcement came just in time. In the evening the bikes were put in the carton boxes and stored in the van for the return journey of the support team. The tour of the medical center in Slatina Timis was enlightening but also impressive. Johny and Gaby took care of our last supper in Romania ...

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Sunday June 17th juni: Slatina-Timis - home by plane

Thanks to all participants. Good cyclists, but also interested in an unknown country and in our cooperation with many motivated volunteers in Romania.

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