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marți, 10 ianuarie 2012

The Paschal Tour 2010 - part 1 (The county of Arad)

It's 1st of April, it's an important day for me, the day when I met one of the keenest and the best cycle tourer from all the Banat Region. I knew him from the internet and I was so eager to meet him and to set out on a bike tour together.
Our meeting place was between Siria and Covasant. It's an historic moment for me and it it is an epoch-making event for the romanian cycle tourism's world.
Here we are Carpaticus and Liviu - a dreamy cycle team.

The weather is quite cold but I'm wearing summer outfit. With my Kona Sutra bike I cycled 35km in one hour and a few minutes. Now it's time for us to cycle to Ineu, to the place where I live.

We stop at Siria to have a beer and then we cycle till Ineu where we have a feast and we chat drinking beer till quite late.

Then I give him a room and we go to sleep. Next morning after the breakfast we are ready for the adventure. We take leave of my parents and off we go.

The weather is fine, the road is flawless, and the traffic is light. The denuded trees look so desolate.

Before reaching Bocsig we can see a fishery on the left.

We feel so good. I'm still wearing summer clothing despite the cold outside.

On the left, Codru Moma Mountains loom larger in the distance soon.

I am pretty fit, because during the long winter I trained a lot.

At Buteni, after cycling 28km we make the first halt to eat something. Here we are glad to see a girl riding a bicycle.

From here the relief changes a lot. We enter a hilly region with plenty of forests.

We are quite in a good mood and happy to be in the middle of nature on our bikes.

I am wearing about 25kilos but I'used to this.

Before entering Almas where I used to be a teacher a few years ago, we stopped to drink some water from a spring.

Here it's quite a nice cross and it is said to be the entrance in the Tara Motilor Criseni (The Highlanders' Country from the Crisius River's Valley)

As we carry on cycling we can see in the distance the snow-capped peaks from the Western Carpathians. The winter is still reigning there.

At Gurahont we have to stop to eat and drink something. I know here a restaurant where they have delicious traditional sausages.

It seems we get along just fine so it's time to celebrate our first 100km cycled together. Long live pur passion for cycle tourism!

Then we have a picture together on the bridge crossing the Crisius River that is the river of my childhood.

We cycle some more kms till I come across an interesting tree that I assume it was struck by lightening.