Pedal to the metal
Day 9 -Transfaragarian Highway
A very unusual start to the day today, I found out that Mark has a hidden talent! I caught him with Holly as I went to get Ladivas keys. Holly lets him practice in her and I was really impressed. Don't panic he knows how to plait hair and not just normal plaits but French plaits....I can't even do that.
We went to the supermarket for supplies as tonight we are roughing it by sleeping in our tents on the road side. I decided to get some plastic plates, cups etc...turns out they were £10. I thought they were £2....worked that out wrong didn't I!
So this transfaragarian highway is supposed to be the best road in the world. Mark and Richard have been preparing for days and as I type this it appears they've been up and down it twice already today and we are still on our way!
The start of the road has approximately 14 hair pin bends winding its way up the mountain. The views are amazing stretching across Romania further than your eyes can see. We stopped to meet up with the other teams and I got chatting to two American guys who had been travelling Romania for 7 weeks for their 65th birthday. They gave us 50 Lei (£50) for Julias House...how cool was that!
We set up camp at the side of the road waiting for Milly who had a fan belt problem. Luckily she was fixed quickly. There is ice on the side of the mountains so I took a bowl and hiked up to get some for the beers. We made a camp fire which didn't want to start so Steve Mowlam chucked on some fuel and Robin Man chucked on a massive bag of coal. ....the bag included!
We sat and watched a lightning storm and made off to our tents when a thick fog poured over us, dropping the temperature. I wrapped up warm and got into bed. Even with my ear plugs in I could hear the rain on the tent. I had put rocks around the edge of the tent so I wouldn't blow away. The storm was horrendous! Lightning so bright as if it was day followed by deafening angry thunder that shook through the tent. I put the hood of my sleeping bag over my eyes and pulled the draw string tight so I couldn't see the lightning. All I could think was the water under and around me from the rain could get struck by lightning and we would all be electrocuted. I thought I was lucky sleeping on my inflatable bed which I reckon saved the day!
Well we all survived the night and set off towards Ruse in Bulgaria. I had a chuckle though as everyone was packed up and ready for the off but one tent...Billy and Sam who hadn't even got up.....yet. Where are they?