Banat – Papaya Farewell Epic

This was Papaya’s last ride (with me, at least). We had 6 seasons together (well… during 2017 I only got one weekend in, due to my knee injury+surgery). We rode 3416 km, most of them on some mountains somewhere awesome. We’ve went through many adventures: – biking in hot dusty isolated Henry Coe State Park – night biking in Santa Cruz – crossing Vrancea’s mountains in search of large carnivores Continue…

Hiking Iezer-Papusa

First post-surgery serious hike, hooray! Chose Iezer-Papusa in probably the last decent-weather-and-no-snow weekend of this year. For the complete experience we spent the night at the Iezer Shelter (2150 meters elevation). Started the climb from Voina Chalet (more like Motel) on some nice and warm temperatures. As we picked up altitude and the wind made itself noticed, we ended up wearing most of our clothes. Still, we were enjoying ourselves Continue…

Biking Transylvania’s Trails

TLDR: Yes, go there. Romania doesn’t have a lot of bike trails. If you’re mountain biking, you’ll be using: – Unpaved roads. A lot of them were created to help in logging. How do you feel now, knowing you benefit from the country’s deforestation? They’re wide, boring, oftentimes crazy steep. Good for access to/from the mountain, but sad if they make up most of your trip. – Hiking trails. They Continue…

Visiting Caves and Volcanoes in Szekely Land

We like Szekely Land because of its many traits as compared to Bucharest: green, remote, underdeveloped, deserted. We went by car to explore some of its sights, trying to cram as much as possible in just 2 days. The natural sights around Racos We started with the volcano. Very interesting landscape. I guess this place is a lot better to visit with a guide or a geologist – they would Continue…