Bottom of the Hill
The next day from Brasov
I took a bus/taxi thing down south through this really beautiful valley through the Carpathians to the town of Sinia. I had the plan of going for a hike or a mountain bike ride on the plateau above accessed by cable cars. It's up over 2000 meters. I stopped in a shop that had beautiful, fully suspensioned bikes for rent. Except they weren't allowing the bikes on trails!!?? I asked what the hell the mountain bikes were for if they weren't allowed on mountains? I left. I checked into a pensione and then found another place that could care less where i took the bike so long as I brought it back (read crappier bikes). But I didn't care.
So up the mountain I went. Two cable cars later I'm standing at the top of a treeless mountain (above the tree line) with no clue where to go and no map.
I start to wonder if this was such a good idea. But there's no place to go but down! So there's a map on the wall that I take some pictures of to have with me since they don't sell any and off I go. I am looking for the trail down and down I start going. But there are no signs and soon what I thought was a trail starts to disintegrate. I am not going the right way... So I have to hike my bike back up the hill because the hill is so steep that every time I try to ride up I get up on the back wheel and nearly tumble my way down the mountain instead of ride. But after some trial and error I find the right trail.
Except the 'trail' is at times a wide erosion canal that, for my skill level, is unrideable. And this is when I nearly start to cry. But then I find the fire road or construction road or the better trail. Whatever. I am happy now. I can ride (even though I'm still a little over my head...it was REALLY steep in parts!) and that is all that matters.
So in the end I was on the mountain for a few hours, having taken a while to find my way to begin with. And by the time I got down it was getting a bit late so I returned the bike and headed back to my room and which was so comfy I didn't leave until the next morning.