Then There Were Two

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”.

Depart Km Total KM Miles
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
Le Havre 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.

 

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6 comments on “Then There Were Two
  1. Susie Taylor says:

    WOW!

    I am terribly impressed with the organisation. I do hope it all goes well for you both.

    Sue xx

    Sue Taylor sue@sue-taylor.co.uk (+44)01794368643 07770406800

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  2. Simone says:

    Hi Elaine and Paul, I have just read your blog. It sounds amazing and of course hard work. Have a really great trip and keep safe. I will get around to sponsoring you both! Mike and I look forward to seeing you both on your return. Good luck, Love Simone and Mike x

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Sue Taylor says:

    WOW!

    I am terribly impressed with the organisation.
    I do hope it all goes well for you both.

    Sue xx

  4. Liz Purdie says:

    Good grief – I have not even heard of most of these places! Good luck – what a journey.
    Love Liz and Jim xx

  5. Tony Abbott says:

    Hi Paul and Elaine

    Bon Voyage!. See you at 7.30 am Saturday morning at Little Grange.

    Cheers Tony

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  6. Pat says:

    It’s here and you are now ready for the off, and very well prepared.Enjoy your next great adventure. Stay safe. We’ll miss you. Much love Pat and Mike xxx

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