Day 171-172 – 18.-19. October 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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After 114 km I was at the hotel and was happy to stay two nights in this town.

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Day 172: 114,14 km  all: 5701 km

Day 170 – 17.10.2013

I started into a cold and rainy day. The temperature was around 14°C and the rain was moderate.

But at least the wind was in my favor and was pushing me through the rain.

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After a few hours the weather was getting better and it almost stopped raining.

It took me less than 6 hours to reach the next hotel in the town of Izmail.

In the evening we went to the town to eat something and afterwards went to a bar.

“Sibirian girl” was the name of this bar and it had everything:

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A crazy woman without teeth, surprisingly good and modern cloth dancing to Russian songs.

Two business woman in one corner discussing about the next sail.

The young bar-woman with a blue-white overdress

and her mother, a huge older woman sitting at the jukebox, selecting old Russian songs.

Marcin even had to dance with them. But it was fun and unique.

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Day 170: 92,56 km  all: 5587 km

Day 169 – 16.10.2013

Marcin and I left Odessa in the morning and went to the border again. Because Ukraine leased the 10 km Street from Moldavia it was easy to go to the other Ukrainian border.

The weather was not very nice, but at least it was not raining and I reached the only hotel in the vicinity at 6:30 pm.

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It was the smallest room we had so far but it was warm and the shower worked after they switched on the pump.

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Day 169: 92.73 km  all: 5494 km

Day 164-165 – 11.-12. October 2013

We overslept a little bit an because I was tired and Marcin had some work to do we decided to stay and additional day in this nice room.

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The next morning we woke up early and at 9:20 am I was on the way to odessa.

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The weather was outstanding with 17°C and no clouds. It took me only three hours to reach the border to Ukraine.

The Moldavian border was no problem and took only 15 minutes to cross.

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After about 5 Km we were wondering if there was an Ukrainian border. But finally there was another checkpoint. For me it was a very fast crossing, because I think I accidentally  just did not stop for custom. For Marcin and the car it took a little bit longer, but he did not have any problems.

After the border we stopped at the first filling station to eat something. Marcin went on and contacted the landlord of our apartment in Odessa. We found a nice apartment for a few days for only 9€ per day and person.

I still had to do 60 km to odessa. At about 5 pm I reached the apartment. It was at the 16th floor, but the elevator was big enough to carry my bike so we took it up and stored it on the balcony.

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The bad roads, especially in Ukraine and Moldavia took its first toll. My back wheel / rim is broken. Some spokes are out of the rim and some crakes are in the rim.

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So the next days I have to find a new rim in odessa.

Day 165: 107,84 km  all: 5401 km