Rodnei mountains by bike – The Carpathians

Let’s assume you like hiking and cycling. What about combining these two? 🙂
Getting higher then ~1500m altitude with bike where’s no infrastructure for that can be exhausting, but the experience, the view when you reach the top definitely worth it.

We had started our trip in Telciu, cycle 15km to Romuli and from there directly up until the main ridge of the Rodnei mountains. We found this route here and mostly we took on the same path.

Note: some photos belong to Catalin Grigoriu, see watermarks 🙂

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At the beginning the ascent is perfect for biking. Can be hard if you push your limits, or moderate – if you don’t hurry.
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As you get higher and higher the trek gets tougher and frequently you train other muscles than for cycling .. aka you push your bike up or take it on your back.
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Like here 🙂
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Or here. But you already have that view ^_^
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Pietrosul (2303m) in the back
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It’s late june, but on the northern part of the ridges you can still make snowmans.
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You should consider twice before leaving into a trip like this. If you’re not an experienced biker different kind of pains can ruin your experience. I had back pain which put me in the situation to lose speed and some excitment. I had to stop several times to rest my back.
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The good part of the back-pain-breaks was that they let me have more time for taking photos.
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Sometimes it’s harder to get down than up and this photo is a good example for that. We didn’t spend much time choosing the downhill part so we end up in torrents like this.
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The place we camped with tents, on the border of two counties: Bisitra-Nasaud and Maramures.
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Second day. With a huge loss of energy we made just a few hours trip around our camping site aand it was dirty as hell.
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Aaand the well deserved beer after the effort 🙂
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Julia, Mihaela, Marius, Cata and me

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Usually when I'm in the mood I write 'Biographical Info' about me. Maybe next week.
Of course, with a backpack.

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