On 23 June 2014 I wrote about my grand initiative to go home all the way on a bike, starting from Copenhagen for summer vacation in Romania.
The idea of journey started with a simple crazy question thrown by one of my friends asking what plans I have for the summer, then he proposed a trip by bike to Romania. I taken the idea as a joke. Being a daily smoker my longest distance on a bike was 60 km. From the start I could’t compete with the initiator of this idea that constantly runs marathons on 3 continents so far.
Everything starts with a plan, but don’t over-think !
I created a plan to decrees my bad habits building a strategy on 3 fronts. No snooze button, 3 cigarettes/day and the power of will to run 2 times daily. I sicked with the schedule and I lobbied the healthy suggestion further to another mutual friend, Bogdan.
Several weeks later…, on first of july I started the trip of my life together with other 2 friends.
Traveling naked – without a GPS and road maps from gas stations
The short distance between 2 points it’s a strait line. That was our plan LITERALLY, the mindset was to follow a vision not a path and take decision along the way. We traveled without any smartphones and bought traditional hard copies road maps from gas stations with a large scale for accuracy.
About Rosia Montana- our destination
We chose as destination a mining village located in western central part of Romania in Apuseni Mountain. The place is well known for gold mining and in the past time for activists fighting against a Canadian company that wants to start a new pit. We documented the story which is one of the largest campaigns over a non-political cause in the last 20 years in Romania.
I’m gonna write an article dedicated to this subject soon.
You have no idea what you are capable of until you try.
The elementary mental outfit of a normal man could’t think about such approach: 10 hours with 150 km of biking/daily, in 21 century. The rational thinking soul is expert to find excuses along the way, it’s a constant fight between body and mind until you find the limit. But to know your limits you must exceed the level and go beyond the safety net.
It’s like climbing a mountain with a backpack full of stones. Sweat, tired squeezing the last bits of energy, but when you are on top you can rest and look at the beautiful landscape.
I broke the ice, bring the glasses !