I left Constanta in the morning and was heading to the border of Bulgaria. It was 60 km away and I cycled in perfect weather.
They have some funny names for their towns here:
In the afternoon at about 3 pm, we crossed the border with no delay or problems. The border officers were even curious about my trip.
Bulgaria was not very different from Romania. The same houses, people look the same for me and some of them also use horses for pulling the wagons.
The only big difference I noticed right away was the missing of dogs. The last wild dogs we saw at the border and after that not a one for the next 40 km.
In Romania dogs are everywhere. In the cities, villages and also in the countryside far away from any settlement.
In Bulagria I only saw them in cites and bigger villages. But only very few and most of them have a registration mark in the ear.
40 km past the border in the town Kavarna we stayed in a nice little hotel. As usual we were the only customers.
Day 177: 109,10 km all: 5994 km
Things can change quickly.
Yesterday was so nice and today the wind changed direction and was strong and always against me. The terrain was hilly, only the sun wasn’t obscured by clouds and the temperatures around 16°C.
Somehow I managed to reach Constanta after 80km.
Marcin found a hotel close to the famous Mamaia beach. So we we went there for a walk. The beach was pretty empty and most of the hotels and bars were closed for the winter. It looked like a ghost town.
Because we could not find any open bar or restaurant, we took a bus to the city center to get something to eat.
Day 176: 82,0 km all: 5884 km
After we extended our stay in Braila for 2 days I was eager to go on. Especially because the weather was great today.
No clouds, temperatures from 15 to 24°C, no wind and the terrain flat with good roads. What more can you wish for?
I choose a route off the big roads and it was wonderful. Not manny cars and the area was very rural. In fact half of the vehicles I saw where pulled by horses.
For the first time since my sailing break in September it was warm enough to ride only in a t-shirt.
I crossed a toll bridge over the river Danube (Donau). It is the only bridge before the river flows into the sea about 300 km downstream.
By the way: cyclist don’t have to pay for crossing the bridge.
After only 6 hour and 100km I reached our new place for the night.
Day 175: 101,50 km all: 5802 km
It was raining again. I was not feeling like cycling and Marcin had a lot of work to do, so we decided to stay an extra night in this hotel.
The next morning I was ready at 9 am to go back to Romania. Besides a few clouds the weather was fine. At 10°C a little chilly, but over the day it was getting warmer. Only the wind was very strong and mostly from the front.
The first 15km of the street (if you can call it street) was very bad. But then I got to a just newly renovated road, only with some occasional holes and bumps.
After 65km I was at the border. Marcin arrived a few minutes later and we both went to our first border-crossing of the day.
First we had to cross the border from Ukraine to Moldavia. Only 2 km further there was the border from Moldawia to Romania.
I was finished in 15 minutes and was waiting for Marcin. He was not so lucky. He had to wait for several stamps, give his passport to different Ukrainian or Moldavian officers and then had to almost unload the car to find the serial number. At the end they wanted to see his medicines. He also had to pay the obligatory vignette for only two km of Moldavian road.
In the end the procedure took more than two hours.
The border-crossing to Romania was much faster. We had to wait in line for about 30 min but the procedure itself took only a few minutes.
The first thing you notice when you enter Romania are the roads. No holes, no bumps, almost perfect.
It was now already 6pm and I still had to go 35km to our next hotel. At 6:30 pm isun almost set and the last hour I was cycling in the dark. With the condition of the roads it was not nice but OK to ride without any sunlight.
After 114 km I was at the hotel and was happy to stay two nights in this town.
Day 172: 114,14 km all: 5701 km
After breakfast I started to cycle to the border. It was only about 18km and after one hour I reached the border and waited for Marcin.
A few minutes later Marcin arrived and we both crossed the border to Moldova. The whole procedure took about one hour and we were glad that there was no real harassment.
Once in Moldova I had to go about 80 km to Chisinau.
The weather was nice the wind from behind but the terrain was hilly. In the end I had to climb 1500m and also decent the same amount.
I reached Chisinau at 5 pm, took some pictures and had to go through the city to reach the apartment of our couchsurfing.org host.
Faisal is from Pakistan, studied in Russia medicine and was for a pharmaceutic company in manny countries, which formerly were in USSR and also in the USA.
His girlfriend made dinner and we all had a nice evening. Later that evening two french reporter came and also stayed the night in his appartment.
Day 160: 104.40 km all: 5190 km
This morning at 4:37am we woke up because the bed was shaking like some train drove through our room. Outside manny car alarms went off an the dogs were barking. After one or two minutes it was over and I could go to sleep again.
We found out it was a earthquake in about 100km distance with a magnitude of 5.1 on the richter scale.
We ate breakfast at 9am and had enough time to pack our things and leave the hotel, because I had to go only 66km to our next stop.
The weather was great. It was about 15°C the wind from behind and the road was very good and flat.
It was a pleasure for me to cycle this day and I had also time to enjoy the sun.
After only 4 hours and 30 minutes I was in the town of Husi. The last town before the border to Moldavia.
Tomorrow we want to cross the border and go to Chisinau.
Day 159: 66,76 km all: 5086 km
The weather is betting better and better and today the top temperature was 16°C.
The first 60 km to the town Adjud was nice because it was a steady downslope and the wind was from behind. So after less than 4 hours I reached the town. As I was looking at my map a friendly man stopped and told me that he is a cyclist and also build them. He also gave me some power bar for the upcoming hills.
I had to go an additional 60km to the only Hotel Marcin could find in the town of Barlad.
Six times I had to climb 100-200m only to go down again. So it took me more than five hours to reach the Hotel.
Almost at the end of the day I reached the 5000 km mark of my trip.
Day 158: 122,55 km all: 5019 km