After our time in the Balkans, we planned to explore Romania with as highlight the Transfagarasan. According to Top-Gear (the television programme about cars), it is the most spectacular road in the world. But of course, now we had the opportunity we wanted to see this for ourselves!
After a very short visit in Bulgaria, we entered Romania. The first thing we saw in Romania was kind of a weird place. It was a small village with lots of drunk people, who could barely walk. You understand, it was extremely hard to explain that we needed a place to sleep. We found a church, from which we hoped they were sober enough to communicate with us. Annebeth went to the priest and asked if it was possible to put up our tent near the church and this was no problem. Then the man saw that Annebeth wasn’t traveling alone, he saw Gijs and suddenly we were not allowed anymore to camp. The whole conversation had a very creepy atmosphere, we didn't trust the guy so we left. We were very tired of the day and it was almost dark when we found a place to sleep. After a lot of hand and feet talking, because they could only speak Romania, we succeeded. Later that night, a friend of our host came who could speak Spanish. Luckily, Gijs learned some basic Spanish on a mobile app called Duolingo and we could talk a little.
We enjoyed cycling in the South of Romania, through the almost endless looking fields of grains and potatoes. We were happy that finally for some days there where no mountains to climb. We had some days of rest in Craiova with a friendly Warmshowers-host. The past weeks we were thinking of a new name for the blog. At this host, we finally had some proper time to change the name of our blog from Green Travel Guru into Biketrotters.
Cycling up the Transfagarasan
A long time before we started our trip, we already talked about cycling up the Transfaragasan. This amazing mountain route is claimed to be the most beautiful mountain pass in the world. After a long time waiting the moment was finally there, but then we heard it was closed until 1st of July. This because of the big amount of snow and rock falling down. We were very sad and thought that we couldn’t pass the mountain until our Warmshowers-host heard that another cyclist climbed the mountain-pass three weeks before we wanted to do. So we asked for some information and found out that the pass is only open for cyclist and hikers until the 1st of July.
In our next blog post, we will tell you all about our adventures in the Transfagarasan, including some encounters with a wild bear!
From all the countries we’ve visited in Europe, there is no country where people drive crazier than in Romania. Many times we got pushed from the road on purpose by big trucks, cars taking over on really unfortunate places and people aggressively honking that you had to get the f**ck out of their way.
Old friends and New friends
The last few days in Romania we stayed with an old study friend of Gijs. It was great seeing each other again! He showed us around Dej, his hometown, we've been to a festival and explored a salt mine. After two days it was time to see goodbye again and we cycled in the direction of Ukraine.
This day was also the day we found Bella. Probably thrown out of a car, starved, full of fleas and ticks in the mountains of Romania. Someone left her there to die, so we decided to take her and bring her to the vet. It took us over 2 hours to gain her trust, as she was hiding deep in the bushes. After some time she finally came out, we cuddled for a while and let her sleep. We found a box in a nearby village and we put her in. She was very tired and she fell asleep instantly while cycling. We found a nearby veterinarian, she got a health check, some medicine against worms, fleas, and ticks. We also got around 50 ticks from her body, they were literally everywhere!
Now we had to decide what to do with her, are we keeping her? Or do we bring her to a shelter? It was a very hard decision to make for us, it is already difficult to cycle with two small dogs. How would it turn out if we cycle with two small dogs and one gigantic shepherd dog? Yes, the veterinarian told us Bella would be a very big shepherd dog. We also knew bringing a shepherd dog like this to a shelter would turn her life into a miserable hell. Almost all big dogs we saw in Romania where on a small chain all their lives, frustrated and scared. We couldn't give her a future like this so we decided to take her with us. First with the idea of giving her a new home in the Netherlands. But now she is family and we are really attached to her. So she stays with us and at least we got a proper guarding dog for camping in the future!
Help Save Bella
Since Bella is a puppy and still need proper medical treatment. We decided to start a small crowdfunding with which we hope to cover some of the expenses we will make for Bella.
Our plan is to first let her heal, get medicines, vaccination, passport, microchip and proper food to get some weight again. And when she is a little older get her sterilized at a proper veterinarian.
We hope some of you can support her and us, while we're on the road.
You can donate at IBAN: NL36 RABO 0309 6721 98
or at Gofundme:
Thank you very much!
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