Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Day 35 Băile Herculane to Targu Jui

As I rolled out of the hotel this mroning I was stiff and sore. The culpret was the bed it was too soft and had a serious sag in the middle, and this was a four star hotel. The place was quite nice bed not with standing.

We rode up the valley from Băile Herculane following the river. It was very heavily wooded with large hard wood trees, and steep limestone cliffs on both sides of the valley. At the end of the valley we started the climb out of the valley which was not real steep but was 15 kms long. Someone reported a 500 m gain on the hill. The views at the top of the summit were gorgeous in both directions. The decent was another story however. The road was quite rough and steep so you had seriously lean on the brakes. The leaning on the brakes and all the pounding made my arms and shoulders throb.

I was glad to roll into lunch at the 45 km mark. It was a beautiful spot overlooking the valley. There was a delicious mushroom in cream sauce salad and lots of fresh fruit. However a cold wind blew up and chased me on down the road, to the second stop where there was lots of fresh fruit which I gobbled down. The last of the ride was all down hill on pretty good roads.

We arrived in the the 2 star Hotel Goji in downtown Targu Jui at around 1:00. There was a huge old cement plant on the outskirts on the outskirts of the city. However the downtown is all soviet apartment slums.

An afternoon nap seemed like a great way to end the 105 kms.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Terry. Sounds like a nice day. Your Surly is probably the right ride for the road conditions. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like you are doing more hotels than camping on this portion of the trip.

Ken C.