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Old 16 Aug 2010
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Good and scenic roads in Romania (or Slovenia/Croatia)?

Hi there!
I was going to do the Enduromania and another weeks travelling in Romania in 3 weeks, but my beloved KTM got stolen a few days ago, so that trip isn't possible anymore. Now the choice is between not doing a bike trip at all or doing a road trip with the road bike I bought a week ago if I can overcome my grief. Obviously I want to do the latter.
However, the new bike is a beautiful Italian which is not produced anymore (i.e. spare body parts are expensive and not easy to hold of) and I don't want any scratches on it, which rules out any sort of gravel road or dirt riding. Ideally I'd like to ride from Munich to Romania (Black Sea) and back within two weeks.
Which brings me to my question: What are the roads like? Can I stay on tarmac the whole time and take nice and scenic roads? Cause I would like to avoid the boring main routes with lots of traffic.
The other option would be riding through Slovenia to Dubrovnik in Croatia, what is the road situation there?
Or would you recommend going somewhere else instead? Further concerns are weather (ideally it should be sunny and dry) in September (4th to 19th) and cost (countries like Germany, Austria, Italy are all a bit on the expensive side).
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The roads in Croatia are great. I just rode from near Split through Sibernik and it was a great ride. For the most part, all the roads in Croatia are great.

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The entire length of the Croatian coast is fantastic!!
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Yep, Croatian coast ist beautiful and a good ride (when it's dry ) Watch out for speed traps.

As for Romania: Enter in the north-east via Satu Mare, travel eastwards via Sapânta (crazy graveyard). There is a camp site, but all over Romania rooms are cheap. Carry on to Viseu de Sus (ancient steam train into the mountains), to Sucevita and Putna (beautiful monastries), then south via Sighisoara to Sibiu (both towns a must-see). From Sibiu take the Transfagarash highway (scenic road) across the Carpathian mountains to Curtea du Arges.

Then you've seen the most scenic parts of Romania on sealed roads. The quality of secondary roads cannot be compared to roads in western Europe, but by bike this isn't as tough as by car

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From Sibiu take the Transfagarash highway (scenic road) across the Carpathian mountains to Curtea du Arges.

I loved this road, but husband hated it, the road surface for him and his bike was unbearable, what started out as a 2cm crack in a fairing grew to almost 15cm all due to riding the Transfagarash highway from the summit to Vidraru Dam. He says if you value your bike dont do it, I on the other hand do not agree as I loved it and it is as close as I have been to off road riding.
If you are camping there is a camp site Carta on the 105D about 15 minutes ride from the junction on the E68 with the Transfagarassan road.
Enjoy your trip whatever you decide.
We have already made the decision to return to Slovenia next year a beautiful country shame we were in a rush on the way home to Scotland to enjoy it a bit more.
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Croatia: phantastic roads, but the tarmac gets extremely slippery when wet.
Especially during the summer vacation season, avoid the Jadranska Magistrale coastal road - lots of congestion and slow traffic, difficult (and illegal in many places) to overtake, low speed limit, frequent police control. Do the hinterland roads, you can always come down to the sea for a swim in the afternoon.

Slovenia: Very nice, very similar to Austria in every respect.

Romania: Transfagarasan.
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