Cycling 12,000 miles from Lisbon to Shanghai
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Romania

  • Miles cycled: 524
  • Feet climbed: 15,004
  • Cycling days: 9
  • Non-cycling days: 3

Rating (1-10) and comments:

  • Road – condition: 5
    (Very mixed bag. Some good roads. Main roads tended to be pretty decent but with lots of traffc, and sometimes narrow with no shoulders. Smaller roads were often very poor and roads in small towns tend to be more potholes than tarmac.)
  • Road – shoulders and cycle lanes: 4
  • Road signage: 7
  • Drivers: 6
  • Campsites – Availability: 3
  • Campsites – Facilities/Value: 4
    (Timisoara’s campsite cost more than some of the hotels we stayed at. Facilities basic.)
  • Hotels: 8
    (Reasonable value for money)
  • Shops: 7
  • Food: 6
  • People: 4
    (We found people to be pretty cold and unfriendly – the only people who spoke to us tended to be beggars)
  • Cost: 8
  • Scenery: 6
    (Scenery in the Carpathians was nice)
  • Cultural interest: 6

Overall: 5.7

General tips:

  • DO NOT LET YOUR STUFF OUT OF YOUR SIGHT FOR A SECOND – if you want to keep it!