A day on the Transfăgărășan Highway, well the south side ascent. Built by Ceausescu’ orders as a speedy way to mobilise against the Soviets. Made famous by Top Gear, people flock to it on when’s weekends and Bank Holidays. Today was a Bank Holiday. Luckily we left an hour early, so the 2k traffic jam at the top was manageable.
So a 99km ride and the last 24k goes up to near 7000ft. A few hairpins on the way. A lot in a forest, the last 10k is open country: you can see what’s ahead.
To get there we’d gone up from Sibiu onto a fertile plain. The villages didn’t have woodstacks: gas is the order of the day.
Tomorrow we descend the North side..