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[caption id="attachment_2842" align="alignleft" width="300"] Andrassy 60 - aka Terror House[/caption] We started the day by visiting Andrassy 60, the former building of the Hungarian secret police and the last place you wanted to go under the former communist left government.  The building is now a museum and it walks you through the dark years of Hungary’s past, starting in 1940s all the way up to the fall of communism. Although this would be our second visit,
We spent the morning sightseeing Szeged before jumping on a train for Budapest. The plan is to get our tour somewhat back on track by skipping parts of the Hungarian Great Plains
After a semi-refreshing evening we’re on the road and again; today the terrain is flat and all we see are miles and miles of corn and/or sunflower fields and the occasional oil derrick. Somewhere along the ride, Petra says, “I’ve never seen such large fields!” Just wait until we cross Nebraska or Iowa!
Ahhhh… a short & easy ride today after pounding out 60+ milers on some of the most unforgiving terrain we’ve ever toured on.  A very different scene today as we headed towards Timisoara, again flat farmland with the occasional village. Oh, I almost forgot about our small detour over some railroad tracks followed by a short trek through an
The day starts out with some terrible news from home. [caption id="attachment_2734" align="alignright" width="300"] Oscar (1994-2011)[/caption] Our Oscar, the 17-year-old Dachshund we adopted from Ron’s Mom after she passed away last year died on Monday.  We can only pray that he is now with his original family (Ron’s Mom & Stepdad) and eating all the doggy snacks he can eat. Rest In Peace Little Buddy!
Today was all about sightseeing Budapest; however, before doing that we needed 4 train tickets to Romania, so after eating breakfast our first stop was the main train station. [caption id="attachment_2507" align="alignleft" width="300"] The 06:40 IC to Brasov![/caption] Initially we visited the “I” window (information) to ask about a train and the lady behind the counter couldn’t have been more rude and unhelpful if she tried.  After putting down
Our plans have changed slightly, but we are still hoping to make it to Romania. Here is the issue, the German Bahn (Train) people could only guarantee us a train ride to Budapest with our bikes, so this is where we are after 15 hours and 5 train transfers. We are pretty beat, so after a quick blurb and a hot shower it's lights out.
This past weekend we disassembled and packed our bikes in preparation for our next big tour. If you're just tuning in to our BLOG we are headed to Europe next week and will spend a month touring through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany.
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A little more than a year ago we decided to take our, "Global Bike Tour" dream to the next step or should we say, the next serious step.  For several years, Ron has talked about touring across America, parts of Canada, & all around Europe, but that was all just crazy talk. Well his talking led to research, the research led to crunching numbers, and the crunching of numbers led to even more crazy talk.  All the while Petra, the sensible one,
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[caption id="attachment_2291" align="alignleft" width="300"]bike touring Florida Parks Wall Springs Park[/caption] Instead of just going out and riding 30 miles, I decided to add a mission to today's ride. We would hit several parks in northern Pinellas County and test our new point and shoot camera that replaced our former Panasonic. See... during our Ft. Desoto camping trip, our