Day 12 - 2 July 2012

Day 12 - Monday 2 July 2012

Route: Riding from Alexandria North through Pitesti via Transfăgărășan to Brasov and then to Apioana Brasov. Top Gear described the Transfagarasan as the best road in the world - click hear to see the highlights from the Top Gear in Romania episode.

Departure Time: 07:05

Arrival Time: 18:15

Time in the Saddle: 11h10m

Day Distance:  265mls (427km)

Tour Distance to Date: 2372mls (3790km)

Tour Time in the Saddle: 60h38m

At 05:45 George picked us up from the hotel and took us for a quick tour to the nearby Gypsey village. At 07:05 we departed from Alexandria to the mountains. The route took us through Pitesti and further north. At Curtea de Arges we stopped to look at the monestery and took the Transfagarasan road through the mountains.
The Transfagarasan - what an amasing riding experience. The road snakes through the mountains higher and higher and higher to an altitude of 2034m before it tunnels throught the mountains to the other side and then down, turn, down, turn, down you go again. This was one of the most enjoyable days on a otorcycle in my life - if not the most enjoyable!
At Lake Vidraru I met another South-African originally from Pretoria as well, riding his KTM from London back to South-Africa. His hang glider is packed on the back of his bike and he hang-glides if he is not riding his bike.
We drove through Barasov to Poiana Brasov (a winter ski vacation town) South-West of Brasov where we checked into the Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor Hotel.
The evenig we enjoyed supper at one of the best restaurants in the area - Coliba Haiducilor Restaurant - where I ate bear for the first time. 
All in all a fantastic day in Romania!

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