Ben and Barbara came all the way from London to enjoy some springlike fresh carpathian air. The moment couldn’t be better. The fresh green was a delight for the eyes and the sounds of the thousand birds offered a true nature symphony. Their visit overlapped with the orthodox Easter, so they also had the chance to taste, literally and figuratively some of the romanian traditions.
We spent two days of riding together. For the first day there were chances of raining so we took a ride on lower altitudes, on the hills west of the Calimani Mountains that surrounds the Bargau Valley. The last days of raining transformed every inch of earth in a deep slippery mud. But riding on it was a real fun and a good exercise for balance. The rain stopped when we start to pedal and the temperature was perfect for riding.
And the show begins.
A huge carpet of allium ursinum leefs is covering the forest’s floor. We could resist the temptation of tasting some. Delicious!
The second day we moved towards Rodnei Mountains. After a good night sleep in Tihuta Pass we drove all the way to Sant village and than further up to the old mine. After a few kilometers of uphill on and off the bikes we reached the ridge. We admired the higher peaks of the Rodnei Mountains still covered on snow and then we took a long descent back, mainly on single trails all the way down to the village.
Rodnei Mountains, view from Tihuta Pass, early in the morning
On Easter morning, the children, dressed up in traditional clothing are collecting red colored eggs from the villagers
Just a little bit more.
Fun. This is what mountain biking is all about .
Choosing the best line into the rock garden.