We’re going to cycle through an area where the 3 main cultures in Transylvania meet: Hungarian-Szeklers,Transylvanian Saxons and Romanians.
Our start will be from the Brukenthal summer palace in Avrig.
Along our way we’re going to cycle through some villages founded in the medieval times which proudly display their Lutheran fortified churches (Bradu,Sacadate,Avrig-town). In some other places we’re going to see old Orthodox Churches, a religion that although nowadays represents the majority, had it’s struggle during the medieval times and even later during the Habsburg domination.
We’re going to see the former Greek Catholic Church in Racovita, a symbol of sacrifice for the Romanians in Transylvania who had to give up on Orthodoxism as a sole solution for keeping the national identity. We’re going to see the traces left by the communist regime in the almost-ghost-Town of Marsa, a socialist settlement developed around the heavy-industry factory that used to produce the 120 tons trucks with wheels twice as big as a person.
The tour is around 50 km long, 800m elevation gain ( 2 bigger climbs-one on asphalt , one on gravel forest road). About 3/4 of the route goes on asphalt (with little car traffic) and the rest on gravel/earth roads. It is suitable for both mountain bikes and trekking bikes and it has a medium difficulty level. The climb through the forest might have muddy segments if it rained recently. The basic tour can take between 4.5 and 7 hours depending on our stops.
In the short time we had in Romania this was the best thing we could have done with our time.
An excellent way to see wildlife, plants and local ways of life.
Mihai was very knowledgeable about the different eras of buildings and the history of the villages we visited.
This tour showcased the beauty of a country often over looked by tourists.