HU Romania starts it, Turkey ends it

by Kostadin Mutafchiev

5135km in 20 days · 241 views

Day 1, Wednesday, August 25

193km in 3h · 48km/h
  • Traveled 1km in 3min
  • 15:09 3h 40min Loading all the luggage for the coming 20 days
  • Traveled 17km in 27min
  • 19:17 Stop for 8min
  • Traveled 95km in 1h 26min
  • 20:52 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 80km in 1h 10min
  • 22:07 10h 15min Hotel in Vidin, close to a restaurant and a non-stop grocery

Day 2, Thursday, August 26

517km in 8h · 60km/h
  • Traveled 18km in 28min
  • 08:50 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 96km in 1h 25min
  • 10:20 18min Fill up
  • Traveled 108km in 1h 39min
  • 12:18 1h 14min Lunch time at a TIR spot
  • Traveled 80km in 1h 10min
  • 14:43 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 69km in 56min
  • 15:44 20min Filling up and discussing the route
  • Traveled 59km in 1h 13min
  • 17:18 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 86km in 1h 25min
  • 18:53 1d 17h Reached the HU Romania 2021 campsite!

Day 3, Friday, August 27

Day 4, Saturday, August 28

213km in 4h · 45km/h
  • Traveled 12km in 15min
  • 12:59 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 9km in 13min
  • 13:15 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 32km in 37min
  • 14:02 15min A ski resort with MTB tracks. And drops of rain
  • Traveled 5km in 8min
  • 14:25 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 27km in 32min
  • 15:02 1h 27min Tried and tested restaurant near Campeni
  • Traveled 447m in 44s
  • 16:30 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 129km in 2h 01min
  • 18:37 16h 09min Last day of HU Romania 2021

Day 5, Sunday, August 29

158km in 3h · 62km/h
  • Traveled 137km in 2h 18min
  • 13:06 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 21km in 18min
  • 13:27 21h 42min The great Romanian road assistance experience after a failed battery

Day 6, Monday, August 30

67km in 1h · 43km/h
  • Traveled 65km in 1h 13min
  • 12:23 2h 17min Stator failure as well. This time, we're close to town.
  • Traveled 2km in 3min
  • 14:44 2d 01h The nicest hotel, with the best host - Carmen. Now the stator drama begins

Day 7, Tuesday, August 31

Day 8, Wednesday, September 1

62km in 1h · 50km/h
  • Traveled 21km in 25min
  • 16:49 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 10km in 10min
  • 17:04 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 32km in 39min
  • 17:46 15h 26min New stator fitted and road tested. So far, so good

Day 9, Thursday, September 2

428km in 8h · 46km/h
  • Traveled 36km in 54min
  • 10:06 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 51km in 1h 02min
  • 11:12 21min Fill up and contemplating the 30 km muddy offroad section before heading to Transfagarasan
  • Traveled 30km in 27min
  • 12:00 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 3km in 4min
  • 12:08 2h 04min The pass is closed for two hours for a automobile joy ride. Went to see the waterfall.
  • Traveled 8km in 10min
  • 14:23 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 2km in 3min
  • 14:29 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 3km in 5min
  • 14:42 Stop for 8min
  • Traveled 43km in 55min
  • 15:46 50min After almost freezing, we stop for a hot soup.
  • Traveled 252km in 4h 07min
  • 20:44 13h 35min In Ruse, going to Turkey

Day 10, Friday, September 3

501km in 6h · 62km/h
  • Traveled 2km in 4min
  • 10:24 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 209km in 2h 40min
  • 13:09 1h 25min Some lunch in Karnobat and off to Malko Tarnovo
  • Traveled 125km in 1h 38min
  • 16:12 11min Another fill up before the Turkish border
  • Traveled 7km in 7min
  • 16:31 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 192m in 48s
  • 16:39 28min Entering Turkey on a Friday afternoon.
  • Traveled 69km in 48min
  • 17:55 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 89km in 1h 00min
  • 18:58 13h 58min A night in Tekirdag, a seaside town with no touristic appeal whatsoever.

Day 11, Saturday, September 4

414km in 6h · 63km/h
  • Traveled 133km in 1h 40min
  • 10:37 1h 04min This should be the ferry to Cardak
  • Traveled 6km in 12min
  • 11:54 11min Quick fill up
  • Traveled 60km in 42min
  • 12:48 1h 01min A quick stop by in Troy
  • Traveled 90km in 1h 16min
  • 15:06 30min A nice roadside lunch
  • Traveled 48km in 45min
  • 16:22 52min A very very fortunate police stop in front of a butchery, where my rectifier decided to die.
  • Traveled 3km in 4min
  • 17:19 2h 13min After a tea and a phone call, we meet Ibrahim from Moto bulut, who changes the rectifier and we're good to go in no time, for a change
  • Traveled 74km in 56min
  • 20:29 15h 37min Managed to reach Bergama, just below the ancient town of Pergamon.

Day 12, Sunday, September 5

571km in 7h · 60km/h
  • Traveled 43km in 37min
  • 12:44 10min ATM searching time
  • Traveled 4km in 7min
  • 13:02 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 142km in 1h 31min
  • 14:39 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 11m in 3s
  • 14:42 1h 03min Another nice roadside lunch.
  • Traveled 192km in 2h 21min
  • 18:07 17min Petrol and chai
  • Traveled 189km in 2h 47min
  • 21:11 1d 12h Kadir's Tree Houses - a previously hippy place, not more like hip.

Day 13, Monday, September 6

Day 14, Tuesday, September 7

461km in 6h · 81km/h
  • Traveled 131km in 1h 44min
  • 11:40 41min Aspendos is home to one of the best preserved amphitheaters.
  • Traveled 43km in 35min
  • 12:56 Stop for 16min
  • Traveled 67km in 40min
  • 13:53 15min A random brown sign on the road leads us to a partially renovated kervansarai
  • Traveled 63km in 54min
  • 15:04 1h 21min Lakeside lunch on the Burdur Salda (salt) lake
  • Traveled 22km in 14min
  • 16:40 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 135km in 1h 47min
  • 18:33 1d 15h Pamukkale and Hieropolis to do

Day 15, Wednesday, September 8

Day 16, Thursday, September 9

354km in 4h · 87km/h
  • Traveled 44km in 34min
  • 10:50 33min A nice cave, carved by the nearby mineral water spring
  • Traveled 32km in 25min
  • 11:49 13min Gas and soda stop
  • Traveled 112km in 1h 19min
  • 13:23 44min Another fantastic roadside lunch
  • Traveled 124km in 1h 18min
  • 15:26 Stop for 19min
  • Traveled 43km in 24min
  • 16:10 18h 33min This should be our stop in Odunpazari, a historical neighbourhood in Eskisehir

Day 17, Friday, September 10

315km in 4h · 62km/h
  • Traveled 111km in 1h 25min
  • 12:09 16min We're one lira short of cash in front of the cave.
  • Traveled 4km in 5min
  • 12:31 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 4km in 5min
  • 12:40 57min After a short ride to the ATM in the spa resort above, we have the cash now. The cave is spectacular
  • Traveled 90km in 1h 31min
  • 15:08 Stop for 13min
  • Traveled 106km in 1h 17min
  • 16:40 18h 18min Erdek shows remains of a touristic spot in the past

Day 18, Saturday, September 11

459km in 5h · 71km/h
  • Traveled 137km in 1h 29min
  • 12:29 54min Cardak - Gelibolu ferry
  • Traveled 34km in 24min
  • 13:47 Stop for 14min
  • Traveled 146km in 1h 41min
  • 15:43 58min Shopping for sweets and spices
  • Traveled 43km in 35min
  • 17:17 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 524m in 3min
  • 17:23 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 98km in 1h 15min
  • 18:48 16h 52min Making a grandma happy

Day 19, Sunday, September 12

420km in 6h · 59km/h
  • Traveled 162km in 2h 21min
  • 14:02 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 35km in 39min
  • 14:51 53min Disappointing lunch in the tourist trap restaurant in Etura
  • Traveled 142km in 1h 53min
  • 17:39 26min A small coffee and gas break just before home
  • Traveled 81km in 1h 05min
  • 19:11 Stop for 8min
  • Traveled 2km in 3min

Day 20, Monday, September 13

Legend

  • Gas station 12
  • Hotel 9
  • Restaurant 9
  • Something special 4
  • Tourist sight 4
  • Beautiful sight 3
  • Mechanical failure 3
  • Camping 2
  • Ferry 2
  • Border 1
  • Police 1
  • Generic stop 1
  • Natural sight 1