Going the distance
Day 2 & 3, Slovakia, Hungary & Romania
We left Olomouc in the rain after a breakfast at McDonalds and a quick visit to Decathlon for a new tent. We planned on skipping Budapest and heading for Miskolc in Hungary. That meant we skipped the detour and road mission, because they were in Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest.
What we could do is the Task of the Day, ‘Carpool Slovakia’, to meet some fellow rally drivers. We swapped co-pilots with a German team and their co-pilot actually made us laugh with his jokes, but our jokes in the other car were better 🙂
After that we went for the Hungarian border, unfortunately we didn’t managed to trade our goods in Slovakia…
We entered Hungary late in the afternoon and had dinner in a local restaurant to save time. We found a campsite on google somewhere in the mountains, but how to get there? It was dark, the map insufficient and nowhere a sign for a camping… But we found it around 9pm, and it was a nice place as well, we pitched our tents and went to bed!
Monday was the 3rd stage, destination Banffy Castle, in Romania, were the first party was taking place.
We left the campsite around 9am, and as there are no Task of the Day, detour or road missions, it was all driving today!
We crossed the border just after midday, but hence the time difference we lost an hour… We drove the main route for a while, when we decided to take a detour more inland. Driving over a (mainly) good road and through beautiful scenery! We tried to convince a sheppard to lent us one his sheep for a minute to complete the ‘Sheep Charlie’ mission, a sheep behind the wheel. Unfortunately their dogs were not cooperating, despite having a Romanian translator with us.
A few villages further we found someone with a horse a he was willing to help us with the ‘Horsepower’ challenge, check ✔️
Next goal (not a mission) find a local Palenka ‘brewer’, for some homemade booze. After asking around a couple of times we found the man. Now it started, glasses were taken and filled, taste my friend!
-Is it good, yes!
-cough, that’s strong, it burns!
-Good, here try this one, from pear!
-cough cough, this is even stronger…
-Yes, good isn’t it?
And so on…
We left the man, with 3 0.5lt bottles, and got a 1.25lt bottle as a gift!
Oh man, we will make friends!
Now it was only a 40 minutes to the party location/castle. And like yesterday we arrived in the dark, quickly pitching tents and BBQing are Romanian meat! We eat and drank with 2 other Dutch teams who seemed to be very interested in our Palenka and our Romanian team member…
Next up, Transfagarasan, Dracula and Bucharest