The Black Sea (and journey’s end)!

We made the Ocean at the end of the Lane! 5174 km to the Black Sea.
Today was a tough 91 km over rolling hills, seemingly endless but not a push or walkie in sight.

Here, a picture of Maggie pushing

Here, a picture of Maggie pushing

Yesterday we were at an odd but OK Pension and got dinner there too. Deep fried, skinny chicken and chips with huge tom and cucumber salad and loaf of bread. Not the greatest but very filling and saved us foraging in an empty town.

Bread!
When you order dinner in Romania you get a sliced loaf of bread with it. A whole loaf. No butter or Marge. I just cover it with sunflower oil and a touch of vinegar.
Before din dins we walked into town for nighttime liquids, beer and wine, got a cell signal and tried to send message but was hounded by gypsy girl and her two brothers. Finally got email to you by sitting on bench outside police station. Not threatening but being cautious on our part.

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Arrived at Black Sea at Constanta which is like Durban beach front spread over 15 km. We rode out of town through endless high rise hotels and apartment blocks to our campsite. Extremely busy as we have hit school summer hols. Nice Camp and will have a rest day here tomorrow.

Lester relaxing on the beach after sea bathing.

Lester relaxing on the beach after sea bathing.

Danube delta is now 3 days ride away.

Camp armband: "Complex Holiday"

Camp armband: “Complex Holiday”

We spent two nights at Constanta campsite, supposedly 4 star. It was very nice with two bars and two restaurants but it was school summer hols and they packed us in like sardines. Consequently the ablutions got overloaded. Not pleasant. But a swim in the magnificent Black Sea cured all ills. Would love to come back out of season. The beach is almost 20 km long and packed with hotels, apartments and pensions. It’s like Durban but 10 times longer. The beach outside the camp is swept every morning and sea is v warm and clear. Also very shallow and clean, had to walk out  to sea 100 m to be able to swim. Fab!

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Not really 4 star…

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Waiting for victuals…

The days rest was good for the bod, needed it as we have had a long hard run over the last couple of weeks.
Rejuvenated we rode 63km today back through the boring wheat fields into a head wind. OK though as we are strong like Afrika. Was supposed to camp but site looked dodgy. No stars and they called it rustic. Rustic in Romania is rough. Cycled on to Baia just south of Tulcea. Ended up in four star hotel. Hotel is good but restaurant really crap. One and a half hour wait for one pasta and one pizza (burnt ). And we were the only people there on a Saturday night. I wonder why?

Tomorrow our final bike ride to Tulcea then a long ferry ride to the Danube Delta.

Terrible dinner salvaged by comedian at breakfast

Terrible dinner salvaged by comedian at breakfast

A Trabant (no cars for Colin and Maggie though)

A Trabant (no cars for Colin and Maggie though)

Ma was absolutely magnificent. There are very few people in the world, men or women, who can start riding in December and then do the 5000 km three rivers without complaint pushing a heavy load. Superstar.

At the Danube Delta

At the Danube Delta

My Qhub – what another star! No punctures, no repairs, absolutely nothing to do on it except oil the chain and pump tyres once a week. Who needs a better bike?

Colin and reliable Qhubeka Buffalo at Tulcea

Colin and reliable Qhubeka Buffalo at Tulcea

Lester – Always there for us. A Championsheep!
Tee hee! A Leicester joke.

Celebratory beer with Lester

Celebratory beer with Lester

We rode 73 km in heat and really strong headwind. But all is easy by now. Finished in Tulcea which is the furthest East we can ride. Tomorrow we catch a ferry for the last 70 km to Sulina which is mile zero on the Danube. Was going to take the big ferry which is a 4.5 hour ride and have to stay over for the night. Then we met a nice young man who offered speed boat ride there and back. 1.5 hours each way. Took a gamble and paid R640 for the trip because he spoke good English and was wearing a Lee Cooper T shirt. Why not? [Sounds like a great idea, what could possibly go wrong? – Binx]
Do you think we might end up in Sulina with a blackmail ride back? Actually I am 99.9% sure we are OK, so don’t worry. If something goes wrong we take the National Ferry back.
70 km in 1.5 hours sounds like good fun and worth the risk!

The bikes in the pension

The bikes in the pension

Staying in excellent Pension just by the river. Fantastic view from balcony of broken Soviet flats.

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