The day of the battle for Transalpina came as we we’re trying to ride the Transalpina blocked and forbidden part – from Obarsia to Ranca.
Riding up the blocked Transalpina
Alarm rang at 4 AM as in our master plan the day before, in which we determined that we will pass the blocked Transalpina before the sunrise and before anyone, who would stop us and then take us back down the road.
We didn’t waste any time for packing, we left the whole baggage in the motel room. We ate some snacks, packed warmer clothes to the bag (just in case) and rode on.
It was still dark outside when we moved on.
We were quite stressed out that we will meet with the policeman right at the first turn, after passing by the barrier on the road.
But turn after turn, after turn… And there wasn’t any sign of any human being up there. Just the snow amounts were rising on the road sides and on the road itself.
We also thought that the road will be in worse condition, than it actually was, and we will have to return. But there were only some old snowdrifts melting slowly already. They were narrowing the passway a bit, but the road was still passable.
There were also some road surface damages, but it seems like the road service was already dealing with those.
The high(ths) of blocked Transalpina
We came into Transalpina highest parts just in time for the sunrise.
We chose the best place to look at the sunrise and we just enjoyed and relaxed to the moment, not worrying now about anything now really.
The view was quite uncommon.
Transalpina is a touristy place, in the season you will pass by many other cars and motorcycles. In the better spots – you will have to wait for your turn to take a picture. But now there wasn’t anyone. Just an empty road running through the hills frosted with snow and the complete silence interrupted only by the blowing wind. Dissonance between the memories of Transalpina from summer two years ago and the Transalpina in the lasting moment was quite big. Back then it was an awesome place with beautiful landscape all around, but quite crowded.
Only now it felt like a truly remote place with all the mountains’ wild charm.
When the sun totally rose above the mountains horizon we decided to came back to Obarsia as we knew that if we would wait a little more, we will for sure have to pay the ticket for staring at all enticing views of the Transalpina for too long.
It didn’t make sense for us to ride the whole blocked Transalpina part down to Ranca. We were satisfied with reaching the Transalpina highest parts.
In the end of our short early morning trip we also memorialized the barriers preventing entering the Transalpina at Obarsia. As you can see this wasn’t even a challenge, if not for the policeman :P
Back to Obarsia
After returning to Obarsia we quickly started packing. We postponed the proper breakfast for later, expecting some bakery on the way. We wanted to relocate to Transfagarasan still this day. Another blocked road to pass, which we didn’t no if was passable.
From Obarsia we took road 7A to Brezoi.
Road from Obarsia to Transfagarasan
After just few kilometers of riding we noticed a lake lying beneath the road – Lacul Vidra.
As it looked quite nice and we spotted few people down at the lake coast, we decided to take a closer look.
We had to turn back a little and find a hidden gravel and mud path leading through woods, but it wasn’t too tough, though. Just a little offroad for a morning warm-up :P
When we got there we somehow regretted we had stayed fot the night at the local motel, when there was a such cool place to put up the tent!
But you can’t turn back time, so we just added this place to our wild camping database. Next time we will for sure pitch a tent there.
The rest of 7A is mainly a road through the common villages, but you can sometimes spot some vivid views, when Lotru river comes out of the surrounding it hills.
A good example of this is Malaia.
We’ve also liked the Bradisor dam.
At Brezoi we drove to Talmaciu by E81 road. Right after crossing the Colonia Talmaciu we took the road 1, from which you just turn to the Cartisoara to get to the Transfagarasan 7C road.
We haven’t got much photos from this part of trip, but you can check out the whole road from Obarsia to the Transfagarasan on our video