This weekend I did a test run for solo wild camping. It was my first time. I camped out in some woods near Falticeni city, Suceava county (Romania).
I put up the tent pretty early so I went for a walk. Tried to take some pictures. The camera is a Nikon mirrorless. It’s compact size makes it great for someone always on the move and it’s powerfull enough to allow you to take some great photos, if you know how 😉
I don’t. I’ve never been a big fan of taking photos. It feels to me that you lose some of the momentum.
But recently I started to see things differently. Taking photos isn’t just about reliving moments or making someone else part of your experience. It’s also about having a total different view on the world.
Everything becomes an element in a visual composition. I don’t see myself becoming a travel photographer and I have no intention to, but I find fascinating this new perspective on taking pictures.
So during this trip I’ll discover the world through pen and lenses. Luckily having a Nikon makes me part of a great community.
Getting back to my first night alone in the woods: it was scarry! The tent was my forcefield so going out in the night for a pee was out of the question.
I didn’t sleep in boots or with a big knife at my side. If something bad was going to happen I didn’t see myself leaving the tent or anything in it behind. In the end once on the road it will be my home.
Nothing bad happened of course. But silence can be really loud and my mind went crazy. For the first 2-3 hours I felt like preparing for a bungee-jump. Once I got my mind to shut up I got cold. At one point I felt neither cold nor fear, but no sleep either…
„Danube For Youth is a project implemented by the group Cycling Romania and supported by ROI Association, together with the Bulgarian partner – Velo-Ruse Association. The project’s main objectives are to promote the Romanian Danube area, as an integral part of the Danube, an European symbol and the support centered on the sustainable development of the communities along the Oravita-Calarasi sector, especially of the young people confronted with socio-economic difficulties.”
32 volunteers divided in 8 teams, each cycling a different route along the Danube, half starting from the East end, Calarasi, and the other half from the West end, Oravita.
After 7 days of cycling all teams met at the middle of the distance, at Cetate Cultural Port.
Surely this is the highlight of my experience as a volunteer on bicycle, so far. You may wonder why do people fall in love with this type of traveling? If you already cannot imagine yourself without your bike than you know.
On bike you travel at a pace slow enough to allow you to experience what you see, but fast enough to get you somewhere and the greatest thing about it: you can stop whenever wherever. If you want to travel around the world I believe it is the most flexible and cost effective way.
It can take you even where there is no trail 😉
And now I give you Danubian sounds:
Let’s get one thing straight from the start: Romania is full of amasing cycling routes for the offroad lovers. There are counties you could spend weeks exploring and Brasov is one of them. More on cycling in Romania from Mircea, a licensed cyclotouring guide thanks to whom I did all of my voluteer work.
He’s a tree hugger and stories tend to stick to him like flies to honey. So he’s a great storryteller too.
In May 2013 we’ve marked together a loop cyclotouring trail surrounding Prod village in Brasov county.
Some of the friends I made along the way.
There were two rainy days of cycling, smiling to the locals and explaining them what were the bicycle signs about, spotting deers, making friends, the usual stuff for a cyclotourist ;-).
We’ve biked the route twice, both-ways and same route seemed totally different second time. Actually same route is different each time. Your mood, the weather, people you cycle with or biking by yourself change the experience.
Happy cycling wherever your wheels take you!