Arrival in Cluj-NapocaThis is the time when we meet and get into a first touch with the Romanian city life. Placed in the heart of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca awaits its visitors, with the silent full-of-history walls and hospitable people. We get here the chance of observing the famous Transylvanian calm, reflexive mind, seriousness and pride of the citizens. We visit the city old centre and then we take the dinner on a nice restaurant from the hill called 'Cetatuia', where we will enjoy the night urban scenery. We sleep overnight at a stylish 3* hotel.
Day 2: (35km)
|Somesul Cald River seen from the dam|
Marisel - Fantanele Lake - Ursoaia Pass (1320m) - Horea - AlbacAfter leaving behind the village Marisel, we meet the monument of Avram Iancu, which is showing us the great respect the locals paid to the famous 1848 revolutionist. On July 10th there is here a great traditional celebration of Avram, the hero from Ardeal (last year there were here over 10 000 people). We leave behind the Fantanele Lake, loose now the asphalt and proceed the climbing to Pasul Ursoaia (Ursoaia Pass - 1320m) on good macadam.
|Climbing to Ursoaia Pass|
|Sun-bath after a night spent in the tent, surrounded by pure nature|
|Delicious forest fruits|
|Fresh apples on the side of the road are inviting us to try them|
|The splendid 'Tara Motilor'|
Day 4: (60km)
Albac - Campeni - Baia de Aries - Salciua - Sub Piatra
|Aries River gorge|
|Majestic view, from Salciua!|
|The water carving the limestone in Aries gorge|
|Can you resist to a wurst on the stick with toast? :)|
|It's always nice to cool down and get a well deserved water massage|
Day 5: (55km)
Sub Piatra - Bradesti - Ramet - Coltesti
Cycling now in a different mountain area in Apuseni, south from the valley of Aries doesn't change the beauty of this blessed land. Idyllic villages (Dumesti, Valea Poienii, Bradesti, Ramet), untouched by the time passing, keep on showing themselves in a splendid manner. In Ramet we admire one of the oldest monasteries in Transylvania, built in the 14th century. We also get off the bikes for a bit and check the Ramet Gorge, marvellously carving the rock. This place is unique in the world!
|Being tired does not prevent us from tossing off a pitcher, at a village bar|
Day 6: (40km)
|Her majesty, the Nature! (next to Liteni fortress)|
Valea Ierii - Gilau - (car transfer) - Cluj-NapocaThe start of the day gives us a rough climbing of approximately 400m altitude, but then it follows the grand prize: a spectacular downhill passing next to the waters of Somesul Rece ('Cold Somes'). When the river meets his brother, Somesul Cald ('Warm Somes'), we practically continue back to where we started the tour and easily find Gilau. From here, we get back to Cluj-Napoca by car and relax the rest of the day with some short sightseeing through this great historical city. Accommodation is set at the same hotel we slept during the first night.
|The two Somes valleys|
Departure from Cluj-Napoca
We are preparing for departure after a healthy breakfast and say goodbye to eachother, until the next time!