Unfortunately John and Sharman have finally concluded that they will not be able to come with us at all. It is a pity as it could have been fun.
The good news is that Booking.com is brilliant. It took me only 10 minutes to change all the bookings I had made from 2 rooms to 1.
As I have said before, we do not like to book our hotel for the night until we know how far we are going to get each day. It just adds too much stress. However, hotels along the Danube in Romania seem to be in very short supply so I have booked for each night of the first week.
We think we are ready to go. The bikes are packed in their “Official Bicycle Carriers” otherwise known as big plastic bags. As this is the third airplane ride for the bags, there is now as much Duck tape as plastic and they will be retired to the waste bin once we reach Bucharest.
We have completed our last training rides – cyling to Beaulieu and back now feels (fairly) easy and for the last couple of runs round Braishfield, Elaine has managed all the way up the stiff little hill between Braishfield and Michelmersh.
Elaine is working hard on the most important job – DOING THE PACKING!
Take a look at the clothes – you will see them repeated endlessly on the trip. Is it just me or does there seem to be a lot more for Elaine than for me?
She seems to be winning. It is nearly all in the paniers now.
My big job has been to work out the route, ‘cos it helps to know where you are going.
The chart below shows the plan – As the saying goes “Man Proposes – God Disposes”.
|001 – Bucharest||84||84||53|
|010 – Giurgiu||78||162||101|
|020 – Suhaia||108||270||169|
|030 – Bechet||95||365||228|
|040 – Calafat||98||463||289|
|050 – Dobreta-Turnu Severin||73||536||335|
|060 – Donji Milanovac||82||618||386|
|070 – Veliko Gradiste – Serbia||60||678||424|
|075 – Smederevo Serbia||47||725||453|
|080 – Belgrade||88||813||508|
|090 – Novi Sad||92||905||566|
|100 – Erdut||95||1000||625|
|110 – Baja||97||1097||686|
|120 – Dunaujvaros||73||1170||731|
|130 – Budapest||78||1248||780|
|140 – Estergom||55||1303||814|
|150 – Komarno||92||1395||872|
|160 – Bratislava||76||1471||919|
|170 -Klosenberg – Vienna||80||1551||969|
|180 – Krems||128||1679||1049|
|190 – Linz||85||1764||1103|
|200 – Passau||78||1842||1151|
|210 – Frontenhausen||109||1951||1219|
|220 – Dachau||103||2054||1284|
|230 – Wittislingen||152||2206||1379|
|240 – Winnendon||90||2296||1435|
|250 – Karlsruhe||75||2371||1482|
|260 – Shiltingheim||143||2514||1571|
|270 – Nancy||108||2622||1639|
|280 – Verdun||85||2707||1692|
|290 – Leffincourt||98||2805||1753|
|300 – Soissons||97||2902||1814|
|310 – Beauvais||81||2983||1864|
|320 – Rouen||93||3076||1923|
With luck and help from our friend with a van, Heathrow security and British Airways, we should arrive in Bucharest just after 16:00 on Saturday and be able to get out the first real blog post sometime Saturday evening.