My last unsurted stretch of the second longest river in Europe was at the same time the longest, most difficult, most interesting, or full of contradings. I was padulated from the Bulgarian town of Vidin to the Romanian town of Tulcea. The whole trip lasted 24 days. In addition to these two countries, I sailed through Ukraine or Moldova for a while. On the Bulgarian section of the Danube I saw the most beautiful beaches in life.
Many people complain that my blogs are endlessly long. I experienced this really much and this would probably be the longest. So I decided that this would be just a sort of summary. I kept writing on FB or Instagram.
On the way I experienced the most extreme weather. I would start by not even once a month. All the time I slept just under the mosquito. During the first week, however, it was unbearably hot. The temperature in the shade of the points exceeds 40 º C. I did however not drink in the shade. In the sun the thermometer showed also 60 ° C. I was therefore very often bathed and I was very careful about fluid supply.
Then, the whole two days blew the back wind. It is super to sail at speeds of over 20 km/h practically effortlessly. Then, however, the Danube changed direction and until the very end I fought with a strong adverstory. Sometimes it was at the border of the upfishing. This for this area of typical wind blows from morning to evening. The strongest tends to be from lunch to late afternoon. Here is not the question of whether it will blow, but how strongly it will blow.
I experienced a few of the most beautiful paddling moments. For example, when the waves flow through your head, the wind is a breeze that is also in the air and directly through the cranial bones you listen to your favorite music. You’re all wet, but the water has almost 30 ° C so it’s very nice. All this on a very well-controllable kayaking. An unforgettable feeling.
However, I underestimated low night temperatures. A few nights were so cold that I didn’t sleep much. I had with me just a light summer sleeping bag.
Nature here was really unreally rich. All around was a full life. In the morning I was begotten to buzzing bees in the grass. In the evening, I fell asleep with the whistling of mosquitoes, or the sounds of different flying insects. Sometimes there were so many mosquitoes that she could not safely walk around the outside. They slim through the day, and sometimes in the wind.
So many water birds here I only saw in the Danube Delta. At the beginning, the Pelicans showed only sporadically. I later met huge flocks a day. White and black storks. An interesting view is also on the formation of Cormorants, or a few mileage island full of Herons. Gulls sometimes cover the whole sky.
There is also a varied underwater life. The beaches are dotted with thousands of bivalve molluscs, some of which I have linked to the sea coast is not a river. The water here was very clean. Places I only long watched the fish caterpillars below the surface. I met many fishermen. Some hunts classically to the fishing rodes, which sometimes have dozens. There is a very widespread hunting in the network. They catch them in particular white fish. There are also completely small fish that are deep fried in oil.
See here an infinite amount of frogs. They are completely everywhere. On the beach, in the woods. At night, I ran the dreamers after the mosquito. In the morning, I was a frog or a snakes under the sail that I was giving under the net. Snakes is also doing here. Sometimes I have some climbs to kayaking directly from the Danube.
As a negative, I perceive the amount of stray dogs. Even in Bulgaria or Romania, it has literally been swam. In Bulgaria they were at least labelled. They capture them and receive at least basic vaccinations. You see it by sheet metal labels on your ears. They are not aggressive, just the opposite. People play with them like their own. The problem is that no one will feed them, so they feed not only the garbage, but they also hunt everything you dare. I haven’t seen here almost any beasts. Srny, deer, rabbits, feral pigs, nothing. In the morning and evening, a normal Danube is a full game, which is going to drink here.
However, the herds of horses, cows, sheep and goats are seen here. Sometimes with a shepherd, other times just so wildly. Most have bothered me cows. I was regularly told that I was bathed and had a flock of cows and went to the water. When they were too close, it wasn’t nice at all. At all, I wasn’t afraid, stinked, and I didn’t want to wait until otherwise the clean water yelled.
The Danube was very clean only after Silistru. Later, the wide Danube began to cut into the channel network. Almost everywhere was mud. Very often I came across a pretty looking sandy beach that made you, but could have a warm up. Liquid Sand looked innocent, but a few times I got into it until the waist. The pull-out can be easily made if you catch a kayak. Then I was given attention and put on the ground first by the paddle, which could be stepped up if necessary.
The closer to the sea, the more plastic bottles. Previously, I sometimes saw some spotted in the water. Otherwise, it was very purely everywhere. The Danube is generally not very populated. The river is spread wide, so the villages are far from the water. However, in Romania, the garbage was everywhere. The villages, where they were almost everywhere gypsies, looked like a junkwoman.
This voyage was carried out under the auspices of the longest and oldest regatta in the world of the TID (Tour International Danubien). It had many advantages, but also many disadvantages. About it, but sometimes next time. I would like to have it with the organizers all over and tried to help find a solution. I believe it may look much more appealing. The Danube has a lot to offer and the TID can bull the best way to him!
At the outset I feared that the Bulgaria-Romanian Danube will be wide or boring. The Bulgarian stretch is, however, probably the nicest ever. Very sparsely populated, full of life, with beautiful beaches, or interesting cliffs-the remains of the ancient sea. In the future, Bulgaria will be happy to reiterately from Vidin to Silistri.
Map 1: Vidin-Tutrakan (Bulgaria)
Map 2: Tutrakan, Bulgaria-Tulcea, Romania
|Kayak||Prijon Marlin PriLite|
|Paddle||Werner Ikelos Bent|
|Time on the water||126,25 hours|
|Tour length (on the water)||18 dní (13. August 2019 - 1. September 2019)|
|Tour length (total)||24 days (9. August 2019 - 1. September 2019)|
|Rest time||1 day|
|Average speed||5,84 km/h|
|Maximal speed||25 km/h|
|Total paddle strokes||111.880
|Heart rate (average)||105 BPM|
|Heart rate (maximum)||207 BPM|
|Burned calories||39.856 kCal|
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