Bearded tramp at the end of LEJOG, Oct 2013
Bearded tramp at the end of LEJOG, Oct 2013
  • Go to work on an Eger
    • 31/08/2019
South!
Hills? Everyone keeps saying Hungary is all flat and boring but that is not true of the northern part. Sweaty climb today from 150m to 800m up a winding road through Bukki National park, briefly stopping for ice cream is the only other feature. Its difficult to get a photo which encapsulates the landscape as forest covers everything, literally you can't see the woods for the trees. The road surface is terrible and on a descent all the bumping and rattling causes the screws holding my pannier bags together to work loose and fall out. Most of the originals have been replaced by nuts and bolts and in one case a bit of knotted string! A nice Hungarian family stopped to see if I needed any help while I was cursing by the roadside but it is only a minor repair as I am carrying lots of spares for this eventuality.

After yesterdays efforts today is a doddle, downhill all the way to Eger, with 15km of glorious bendy tarmac and hairpin bends with barely any peddling to start.
Eger is a picturesque historic town, with some interesting architecture, an old castle, and a LIDL, hooray. This is the first proper town / city I've been through in Hungary and it feels like reaching civilisation after a sojourn in the wilderness. I only have a few hours of prime sightseeing so maybe the Marzipan gallery wasn't the best choice, but I don't remember seeing a museum of objects and pictures made out of cake and icing before so at least something different.
Then a nap in the park and back to airbnb to do some cooking.


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