Just after cruising the closed Transalpina, we were about to check out the closed Transfagarasan part the same day.

From Cartisoara to… ?

Like at Transalpina (see here) – at Transfagarasan we also didn’t know how far we can go as the road climbs to 2,042 metres and is sometimes closed up to August!

But I have to admit this was really even making things more interesting :P

If you want to see exactly see how the ride was like from our point of view, check out this video :)

At first the DN7C road is quite straight and turns lazily. Only the mountains in the distance attract the attention in the landscape.

Fagaras Mountains emrging on the horizon on the road DN7C near Cartisoara

Fagaras Mountains emerging on the horizon

But soon enough, after bypassing Cartisoara, the route gradually starts to twist increasingly wild, while creeping up the Fagaras hills. So even though the forest often shuts out the view on the landscape, there are lots of twisties to enjoy :)

Aside from that, we noticed big traffic there. It turned out that 1st of May is also a public holiday day-off in Romania. So to no surprise we had a quite big company, when we arrived at the Transfagarasan cableway station.

Crowds at Transfagarasan cableway

Crowds at Transfagarasan cableway

As you can see, if you were about to really hit the Transfagarasan cableway, then you were about to have a bad time, especially while parking the car :P

This, of course, was also a first sign that our road will for sure end soon. Normally I think people would go up the Transfagarasan with their own vehicle than by the cableway. But we were moving further to actually see the barrier. Although we were also wondering, if no one from the crowd will try to stop us from passing the blockade eventually.

You shall not pass!

As we expected after another sharp turn the road ended in a tunnel.

Just there the concrete blocks were occuping the road width.

Barriers preventing passing the road at Transfagarasan

Barriers at Transfagarasan

Before our trip the friend of ours, which have visited the DN7C during the Spring already, told us about those slabs. They passed the barriers without any problems by motorbikes as there was actually enough space between the blocks.

But now it appeared that the only way to bypass the barriers is by the curb on the road side. The vision of moving the big Africa, even without the coffers, by this curb was quite unpleasant. The road surface was wet and a little inclined. There also wasn’t much space. We were also taking into account the mountain edge hanging just a half-step on the left side of the curb. Again, is this ok to pass the no entry sign, while so many people are watching?

We had to assess the situation.

Just let it roll

When we were busy discussing the problem, it turned out that the guys from Poland heard us in their camper nearby.

They told us that they saw motorcyclist passing the curb before us, so there is really nothing to worry about. No one will try to make any drama when we will pass the sign.

So we were not thinking anymore if we can go. Now we were just thinking how to actually safely overpass the slabs without anyone falling behind the mountain edge.

Soon enough, when we were about to detach coffers from the Africa, a group of bikers came from the other side of the barrier.

Newly arrived Romanian motorcyclists jointly pushed their motorcycles to our side of the slabs and immediately offered their support to us. Straightaway the Polish camper guys also got off their car and gave their helping hands :)

Just in few minutes we transferred Africa to the other side – safe and sound, ready for the further ride.

Pushing Africa Twin pass the barriers at Transfagarasan

Small step for a pedestrian, one giant leap for the huge motorcycle

One question bothered us, though. How to push the bike back, when we will decide to return and there will be none of such helpful people around?

But the Romanian motorcyclist soothed us with an advice to:

‘Just let it roll’

by the curb :D

As weird it sounded, it seemed reasonable as on the way back the curb was sloping.

Thanks to the lads, the only thing left to do was attaching the coffers back to the bike and exploring.

Sidenote: If you will ever be reading this, guys, know we will are still grateful for your help :)

First Steps Behing Barriers at Transfagarasan

Ready for more Transfagarasan exploring

Climbing up

At first the only visible snow was that on the mountains tops. The trees were absolutely green and there were only some small rocks on the road.

Break at Transfagarasan

A quick break – the only visible snow is on the mountains tops!

View on the Trasnfagarasan surrounds

View on the Trasnfagarasan surrounds

But then, after few meters up, it became even more clear that you have to watch the road surface quite carefully. The amounts of stones – smaller and bigger, flaked off from the rocky walls – got greater.

Rocks On The Road at Transfagarasan

Had to ride carefully!

Besides you also sometimes had to be ready to make a slalom between blown down trees.

Trees on the road at Transfagarasan

Ready for a slalom

Maybe the snow was only lying in the sunless spots before… But now it was hard to not notice it.

Snow drifts on the road at Transfagarasan

Snow!

The closer to the Transfagarsan serpentines, the snow mass was bigger.

Transfagarasan road in snow

Road eaten by snow

Soon we saw the serpentines in all their glory ;)

Transfagarasan serpentines covered in snow

Transfagarasan serpentines

First problems

The views were awesome and super enjoyable, but soon enough, almost at the serpentines leading up the snowy mountains, we met our first obstacle.

Big snow dirft blocking the Transfagarasan just below the serpentines

Meet the problem

There was no asphalt to hold on with wheels. Just snow or stones mixed with mud on the left.

We chose the second path option, though it wasn’t looking nice too and we decided to detach the baggage for further ride.

Taking off the panniers from the Africa Twin at Transfagarasan

Let go of the baggage

Where did we left it? Well, we hid it behind some rocks :D We don’t carry any fancy expensive stuff, so if someone would like to have our tent or sleeping bags – we wouldn’t cry out our eyes. Also there weren’t many people around, we met just single hikers from time to time.

Hiding coffers at Transfagarasan

Searching for perfect camouflage

Dawid considered the track for a while to set up the best way for a little overweighted Africa.

Dawid analyzing how to cross snow drift on Transfagarasan

How do I cross this?

And nailed it ;)

Riding around the snow drift at Transfagarasan wtih Africa Twin

Snow drift hacked!

To the top and beyond!

After this great first succesful passage we didn’t came back for our stuff, but joyfully geared up for further ride and jumped into the saddle.

We were super excited to see how far we can go. We were sure that we can roll another hundred meter at least!

So we were happily driving, getting close to the first wild road turn and… Wait. What?

Too much snow to pass the Transfagarasan road

You shall not pass!

Oh.

We dumped all the baggage just to end up the trip a couple of meters further :D None of us, morons, thought about checking out what’s around the road corner ;)

Rather than disappointed I think we were amused :)

Finally we just chilled out, filled ourselves with the landscape.

And had a little fun too ;)

Sliding on snow with motorcycle trouser at Transfagarasan

Motorcycle trousers are the best sleds!

Crocuses growing at Transfagarasan

If you are a fan of crocuses – there were plenty!

View from Transfagarasan serpentines

View from the highest point we managed to go in our heavy duty boots ;)

Why not camping?

We also were opting for a camping somewhere near the road.

Transfagarasan wild brook

Some really wild brook

Flowers hidin in the sea of green at Transfagarasan

Flowers hidin in the sea of green

While we waited for the road to become more desolate with the coming dusk, which would also hide our tent, we had a dinner and a coffee not bothered by anyone.

Adventure dinner at Transfagarasan

Really posh adventure dinner

Preparing for camping at Transfagarasan mountains still covered in snow

Our restaurant

Girl lifting Africa Twin

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At first we wanted to camp, where we ate.

But why not try out the small abandoned cottage about two hundred meters further?

little cottage at Transfagarasan

Our luxuorious choice of accommodation

We checked it out.

The roof was leaky, so we would have to sleep in the tent anyway in case of rain.

Also because it looked like somebody was there not so long ago (although we found molded onions, which indicated some time has passed since someone evacuated this nice house). This kind of creeped Marta out, like someone would come back in the middle of the night and take our kidneys out :D

So in the end we place our tent near the brook bank, at some distance from the cottage.

pitching up the ten at Transfagarasan

Pitching up our home

Transfagarasan camping

Campsite ready!

Sitting on empty Transfagarasan

Thermos can be best friend when it’s chilly ;P

Finally we also had some time to have a beer under the starry sky.

Transfagarasan accomodated us really well :) I think we really rested during that day.

Sometimes its really fine to slow down the adventure and not only wind up miles on the wheels.

Falling star over the Transfagarasan

Quick! Make a wish!

You can also check out video of our camping:

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Distance 30 km
Road surface Asphalt all the way. Two mud crossings
Difficulty Mini Adventure