From Western Romania to the Black Sea and back
Get to know the people and places between the Danube and Transylvania
We have established a new programme with the occasion of EnduRoMania’s* 10th anniversary (1995 – 2005). This programme intends to offer you the chance to get to know a bigger part of this country and its variety. This long distance programme is characterized by the following features:
• Through the reaching of check points thanks to the vehicle’s off-road capability , the participants will be able to observe Romania more intensively than the average tourist, providing him/her with a rather unusual perspective of the country
• The Long-Distance-Programme is designated within the regular EnduRoMania 2005 frame. This means that this specific tour will start at the respective EnduRoMania meeting point.
• The Long-Distance-Programme is suitable for motorcycles/enduros, side-cars, quads and ATVs (4x4).
• This programme begins two days earlier than the regular EnduRoMania Event. This means that one has altogether seven days at his/her disposal to reach the check points.
• The minimal team participants’ number has been established – out of safety reasons - to three participants. Our previous experience has shown that minimal teams will be organized during the Briefing, the latest.
• The Documentation, which will be offered to all programme participants is the following: the usual EnduRoMania documentation, in addition participants will receive the exact tourist map of the southern half of the country (from the Transylvanian part of the Carpathians up to the Danube). The check points and the important orientation points will be documented via GPS – Coordinates. An index containing the lodging and boarding facilities, petrol stations, emergency phone numbers and garages of the respective area will be offered to all participants.
• The Check-In Fee for the Long-Distance-EnduRoMania amounts to Euro 148,- for the driver and Euro 48,- for the companion.
• The Long-Distance-Programme can begin with the reaching of the check points in the Carpathian Mountains and via the Danube alignment, the return to the meeting point, or vice versa. An alternation between the two main routes is also possible, since the reaching of the checking points and the sequence in which the check points are reached is not compulsory. This decision is up to the participants, according to the EnduRoMania philosophy of not limiting the choices.
• Participants can also demand for the Long – Distance – Programme - as it is the case with the initial EnduRoMania Events – an English or German speaking guide who is familiar with the places you visit.
Castle on the Danube
Cernavoda - Beginning of the danube Black Sea Chanal
Appointments and Meeting Points 2006
All Meeting Points are located in the Southwest of Romania, Caras-Severin County , near E 70, about 1400 km away from Frankfurt am Main
The Highlights of the Long-Distance-EnduRoMania
• The Long-Distance EnduRoMania corresponding lower course of the Danube (from Bazias to the Black Sea) touches Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, The Moldavian Republic and the Ukraine, being 1075 Km long. That is more than a third of the total length of the Danube (2858 km), which springs from Donaueschingen and flows into the Black Sea at Sulina. The water quantities which are transported by the Danube are enormous. In order to fully comprehend, here are some figures: middle discharge– 1470 m3/s in Passau, 1920 m3/s in Vienna, 2350 m3/s in Budapest m3/s, 5300 m3/s when it reaches Romania at Bazias and 6473 m3/s at the beginning of the Danube’s Delta. A flood level of 15900 m3/s has been recorded at Oltenita on the 13.th of May 1940. The Danube carries 58 million tons of floating matter per year, which in its turn leads to an increase of the Delta by 80 m/year towards the east into the Black Sea, creating the „freshest” soil in Europe.
• Between Romania and Serbia one can find the so-called „Iron Gate“(a total river length of 144 km), where the Danube crosses the Carpathian Mountains, a place with unique and spectacular rock formations. There can also be found one of Europe’s biggest hydroelectric power plants with a power of 2100 MW.
• The Danube is the only river worldwide to cross 10 different countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, The Moldavian Republic and the Ukraine). It is the most important interethnic element of our continent and we want to develop this element trough tourism.
• The Check Points are located in the southern part of the country (The Danube in the South, Southern Transylvania (Southern Carpathians) in the North, the Romanian-Serbian border in the West and the Danube’s Delta/Black Sea in the East). The western check point is located in the ex-harbour Bazias, the spot where the Danube reaches Romanian soil. The optional check points are: the hydroelectric power plants Iron Gate 1 & 2, The Angel Park (as apposed to Dracula Park) – a place of cultural interest, the harbours Calafat, Bechet, Turnu Magurele, Giurgiu, Oltenita, Calarasi, Cernavoda and Medgidia on the Danube-Black Sea Channel and Portita (Black Sea), Babadag, Tulcea („The Gate“ to the Delta), Harsova, Braila, Galati, Bucharest, Snagov lake, Bucegi Mountains, Brasov (Kronstadt), Fagaras Mountains, Sibiu (Hermanstadt), Deva, Hateg, Petrosani, Tg. Jiu and more. The area has a surface of 160000 square km (about half of Germany’s total surface).
• By reaching the check points, the participants will have the opportunity to admire famous landmarks: e.g. Ceausescu’s People’s Palace, today the seat of Parliament, the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon in Washington, the Dracula Castle at Bran, UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Sighisoara, the Horezu monastery, the Brancusi sculptures at Targu Jiu, and much more.
• If you want to reach the alpine check points in the Carpathians, you’ll have to take the mountain roads via the Bucegi -, Fagaras- (Balea Lake- 2050 m high) and Parang Mountains (Urdele Pass – 2160 m high)
* EnduRoMania started in 1995 in the southwestern part of Romania as an Orientation ride for Trail Riders. Getting to know the local people and the country is a top priority. From a meeting point, one can reach up to 70 different check points. The route’s level of difficulty and the day - quota can be chosen according to the participant’s mood, driving/riding skills, personal interests and fitness. The rules of the game are quite loose: no mandatory check points, no prescribed routes or against the clock, no timer and no photo cell The organizer helps with the teambuilding on location. We offer the participants detailed recommendations and high quality cartographic documentation. The EnduRoMania is suitable for all off-road capable vehicles. EnduRoMania offers three programmes: for Sport Enduro (OR-Off-Road), Travel Enduro (RE) and Touring-Vehicles. (TO) and the newest programme added to our agenda: the Long-Distance-Programme, which is suitable for Travel Enduro, Quads (ATVs), Touring-Vehicles and Off-Road Vehicles. This programme is also suitable for Sport Enduro, since these regions cannot compete with the street quality of Western Countries. It’s the bad roads, often gravel and off-road-like paths which are very common in these areas. More information about EnduRoMania can be found at www.enduromania.net.