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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 19 – Bucharest to Constanta

15 August 2011

Adrian suggested that I visit Constanta on my Turkey motorcycle tour.

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I’d planned to visit the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. But why not in Romania also. Always trust local advice I say.

It was a short journey from Bucharest. All on motorways. Good thing too. It was hot. Got to 35 degrees on the way there on Monday. Even turned on the airconditioning!

One of the highlights of the trip to Constanta was crossing the Danube at Cernavoda. This town also has a nuclear reactor which supplies about 18% of Romania’s electricity. I went right past it – never been so close to a nuke before!

Two nights have been booked at Hotel Cherica using booking.com. I am welcomed as I park the Family Truckster out front and my bags are carried upstairs.

It’s still early in the afternoon and my room is not quite ready so I am upgraded to a double room. All the rooms in this hotal are nice.

I shower and head out to walk on the beaches and streets of this once thriving coastal city. The old girl is showing some signs of age but still has good bones.

It would be great to visit Constanta again following an urban renewal which is sure to come. This once grand city deserves to be that once more.

I stayed two nights at Hotel Cherica and thoroughly enjoyed my time in this wonderful Black Sea-side city.

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Total miles today 139 (224km), cumulative 2,948 (4,744km).

 

 

 

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 18 – I feel like turning around today …

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14 August 2011 I understand completely those people who prefer to travel without any means of communication. No laptop, no visits to internet cafes, not even a mobile phone. It is possible and absent pressure from others to let them know you are safe many adventure tourers would even recommend this approach. I’m at the […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Days 17 & 18 – Exploring Bucharest

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August 13-14 2011 Saturday and Sunday give me an opportunity to wander through the streets of Bucharest. It was most enjoyable but very hot. I’d better get used to this though. I hope you enjoy some of my favourite scenes of Bucharest. The Palace of the Parliament is incredible. The second largest building in area […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 16 – Arriving in Bucharest

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12 August 2011 The rain of my early foray into Romania is well and truly behind me. As I enter the outskirts of Bucharest at 19:30 the temperature remains in the high twenties. The traffic is still thick. Mostly people trying to get out of town after work before the long weekend. Sixties style apartment […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 16 – On to Bucharest, but I nearly didn’t make it

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12 August 2011 It was after 5 pm when I made it back down the 7C to Curtea de Arges. South on the rest of the 7C for another 25 miles would get me to Pitesti. Bucharest was then in easy reach a further 70 miles away on the A1 motorway. Two hours should do […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 16 – The Transfagarasan (Part 3)

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 16 – The Transfagarasan (Part 2)

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12 August 2011 It is about 30km east to pick up the 7C at Curtea de Arges. It’s an enjoyable ride with a good concentration of horse and cart to contend with. Three motocyclists going in the opposite direction give me the customary left hand wave. It’s a good sign that I’m finally headed in […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 16 – The Transfagarasan (Part 1)

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12 August 2011 This road is famous. One of the most scenic and best driving roads in Europe it is claimed. Right from the outset this road had been on my radar. The days started out perfectly. Great breakfast including two generous slices of chilled watermelon. I’d seen roadside vendors throughout most of Romania selling […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 15 – Sibiu

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August 11 2011 I like Romania. The money is plastic like it is in Australia. No pictures of the Queen though. Just some former dictator. It’s only 21 years since the end the communist regime. There remain some outdated heavily industrialised areas and very little organised or large scale agriculture. I passed through one town […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 15 – Brasov to Sibiu

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August 11 2011 It doesn’t take long for me to pack, check-out and load the bike. By the time I’m out of Brasov the roads are mostly dry. And what a treat this first stretch is. Apart from the dubious overtaking abilities of the Romanian motorists this mornings ride is exactly what I’m looking for. […]

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