The reason for choosing Simeria for the overnight stop is it allows me to route onto the line via Petroșani (RO) and Târgu Jiu (RO) to Craiova (RO) – thanks Helmut Uttenthaler for the inspiration here. From Craiova there is no option but to take the horribly slow diesel train to Calafat – the Romanian side of one of only two bridges over the Danube along the Romania-Bulgaria border. Vidin (BG) is the town on the Bulgarian side. The bridge only replaced ferries here in 2013, and it is a combined rail and road bridge. But there is a catch – only 1 train a day crosses it each way each day! This is a border with the most minimal cross border service imaginable. It is not as if the situation for road traffic is much better – 6 Euro toll to cross this bridge in one of the poorest corners of Europe! Because my arrival time does not correspond with the daily train across the bridge I am going to cycle instead – it is possible! – but at the moment I do not know if it makes more sense to stay on the Romanian or Bulgarian side overnight. Vidin on the Bulgarian side is the larger town.
|Day / Date||Sunday 24 July|
|End||Calafat or Vidin|
|Rail km||344.2 – help me crowd fund kilometres of my route!|
|Bike legs||0 or 1 (need to cross to Vidin)|
|Bike km||0 or 17.5|
|Borders crossed||Possibly RO-BG – Calafat-Vidin|
|Events||No formal events, but maybe you’d like to say hello? – more about events en route here|
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