Cycle Romania Day 1
Well, where do I start?
It appears I’ve signed up yet another painfully long cycle ride across another country to raise money for charity. The thought of raising a little bit of money for those in need is often the driving factor for a fundraising led activity and this ride is no different. The challenge is a 600 mile ride across Romania from the Western border with Hungary to Constanza on the Black Sea.
The first day started with hesitation. I had similar worries in Califorbia last year that my ‘training’ wouldn’t be enough, my bike would break on the flight, and I would have to endure a 600 mile minibus journey instead of on a bike (which come to mention it, sounds pretty good!).
We arrived in Cluj-Napoca and were presented with 30+ degree heat, not something we looked forward to on the road! After driving to our start at Oradea we put our bikes together and headed to bed mid-thunderstorm. Fortunately it was brief and we had an early night and early start.
Day one was never going to be easy but it was a tough one, all 94 miles of it. We blitzed the first 25 miles and then the climbing begun. The first day was ‘only’ 3,883 ft climbing but it was plenty for the first day on the road, legs were burning but we stopped at the top for lunch and to celebrate Lucy’s birthday (happy birthday!) – even the climbing couldn’t stop the fun!
With the party hats on, we set off for the second half of the 94 miles… Ouch! After the long climb and 30 minute break immediately after, the lactic acid was having plenty of fun in my legs… Oh how the tables has turned. The 20 miles after lunch was pretty brutal and my legs were screaming, only after a bit of heavy spinning and stretching did they loosen up and I could start to get back into the flow of things.
We ploughed on through rolling hills and finally reached out destination for the second night’s stay – no doubt the limbs will be aching on day 2 and the inevitable saddle sore will pop out and say hello!
Stay tuned and hear about the rest of the ride in due course!
As you are aware, the ride is to raise money for Cry in the Dark, a U.K. Based charity working in Eastern Romania to provide pallative and community care to the many people living in illness or poverty, if you’d like to donate, your money will go to help a very worthwhile cause!