Day 54 – Jurilovca to Constanta

Our last day of cycling on this trip across Europe adventure, just 60 miles left to do and we will be done.

It’s hard to believe that 8 weeks ago today we were boarding the ferry from Portsmouth to Saint Malo and now, here we are, within spitting distance of The Black Sea. We have travelled through France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. We have cycled over 3,000 miles and climbed over 62,000′.

We left our small hotel in Jurilovca shortly after 08:30 and headed out in slightly murky conditions. The fog/mist soon burnt off and for the rest of the day we had glorious blue skies but once again a gentle headwind which was quite refreshing to keep us cool. Only a couple of small climbs today but several sections of unpaved/gravel roads to contend with.

As we crested the final climb of the day we saw The Black Sea for the first time. It was a great sight after nearly 2 months of cycling and our end goal.  It reminded me of the last day of USA Cross Country in 2016 when we crested the final hill and saw the Atlantic Ocean for the 1st time. Again, it seemed slightly odd that the riders of Cross Country 2023 were in fact wheel dipping in The Atlantic today as they completed their crossing of the USA.  But here we are, 7 years on and still riding together as the class of 2016 proving that life long friendships are made on these adventure experiences.

The last few miles were not pleasant as we were entering a busy city on a Friday afternoon. The ride into town seemed to go on and on and it was very tiring trying to relax and enjoy the final ride together but at the same time paying very close attention to the traffic.

We eventually found our end point and gathered together and gazed out over The Black Sea – we had reached journeys end. We celebrated and took photos of the occasion and then rode the last mile or so to our hotel for the next 3 nights.  Tonight we had a nice meal together and sank a few beers.

On Monday we will catch the train from Constanta to Bucharest where we will spend a further 3 nights to sightsee and get our bikes boxed ready for our flights home.

Over the next few days I will write my final blog of this trip and share some of the highs and lows of long distance cycling.  I hope you have enjoyed reading my daily blogs, finding time to write them is not always easy but I have tried hard to keep them up to date.

Until the next time, thank you for coming on this adventure with me and your many kind comments which have motivated me to keep going on many occasions.  Until the next time remember:-

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbour.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.’