|Friday 13 June: Betliar-Roznava-Aggtelek-Ragaly-Felsonyarad-Szilvasvarad,
Sunny & hot, > 30 c.
Bumpy Hungarian roads after the border crossing.
Need to get some cash but nowhere a bank or bank
machine to be found. Many butterflies and
crickets and very few cars on the road. Finally
in Szilvasvarad I find a teller machine at the
local supermarket and a nice campground.
Saturday 14 June: Szilvasvarad-Eger-Mezökövesd-Aroktö-ferry
Tisza-Tiszacsege-Hortobágy, 132 km
Again too hot and too less energy to take the
mountainous road across the Bükk mountains.
Visiting the beautiful city centre of Eger. Beyond Eger I cycle
along dusty and boring roads on the flat puszta
plains towards the Hortobagy national park.
Quite 'expensive' campground (5 euros) with a lot
of Dutch campers.
|Sunday 15 June: Hortobágy-Debrecen-Nyírbator,
The highway to Debrecen
is as busy and narrow as a provincial backroad.
When entering the city limits it changes into a
busy 4 lane highway, luckily with a bicycle lane.
In an enormous modern shopping mall i buy some
groceries, a striking contrast with the rural
countryside where time has stood still. After
passing depressing concrete blocks of the suburbs
it feels like a relief to enter the fine, grand
centre of Debrecen.
From Debrecen I'm heading north along the "471"
through a forested area. Find a campground in Nyírbator
near the swimmingpool "Strand", where
I'm the only guest.
Monday 16 June: Nyírbator-Métészalka-Satu Mare
(Ro)-Negresti Oas-Huta pass-Sapânta, 173 km
Until Métészalka the highway has become
quite busy. The landscape is boring and the road
seems endlessly long. I pass the Romanian border
quickly without troubles. Soon I'm aware of the
poverty of the country. A begging gypsy boy,
buildings and houses in a deteriorating state,
the slums... In the city centre of Satu Mare I
end up in chaotic traffic and start looking for a
Continued in Romania