And now for Part Two of the ride through Europe…

Picking up where I left off the last blog post, we made a short ride through Hungary – from Budapest to Eger, up through the Bukk hills, then southeast through the Hortobagy National Park region:

(Ride through Hungary photos on Flickr)

Then into Romania, and the moment we’d been looking forward to. Some people have called it the Africa of Europe – and I see why – where else in Europe will you see horse-and-carts being driven down the highway, where people sit in the street outside their homes just watching the world go by… I could go on… but quite simply, I loved it!

We’d been told about the trails through the Apuseni mountains. Following GPS tracks for some 600 kilometres, we had a great few days. Wild camping again was wonderful…

Wild camping in the Apuseni mountains
Wild camping in the Apuseni mountains

(Ride through Apuseni mountains photos on Flickr)

Back on the roads we detoured along the famous Transalpina and Transfagarasan. The latter being also known as Ceaucescu’s folly, serves no purpose except for a scenic drive these days…

Riding the Transfagarasan
Riding the Transfagarasan

(Transalpina and Transfagarasan photos on Flickr)

Back on the tourist route in the heart of Transylvania, we headed next to Sighasoara, the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, whose infamy as Vlad the Impaler inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Then we travelled on to Bran to visit the castle and stopped for a look around Brasov also…

(Transylvania photos on Flickr)

Finally on to Bucharest, Romania’s capital (not to be confused with Budapest, Hungary’s capital), where we had a fantastic few days staying with friend’s Jon and Ana, who we’d both met on separate occasions in Mongolia…

With Jon and Ana in Bucharest
With Jon and Ana in Bucharest

(Bucharest photos on Flickr)

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Part Three – Bulgaria – coming soon, which will bring you up to date…