Kladovo-Belgrade-Budapest Travel Days

Kladovo-Belgrade-Budapest by Bus and Train World > Europe > Serbia > Kladovo  – map World > Europe > Serbia > Belgrade  – map World > Europe > Hungary > Budapest Fovaros > Budapest  – map Kladovo to Belgrade by Bus-7-17-14 A mechanical day. A 5.5 hour bus ride back to Belgrade. Bus left Kladovo at 10 am. Only a few passengers so loaded the bikes without folding. It is always up to the driver to decide if he will take them. It always helps to get on at the start of the route. He charged $2.00 extra for the bikes. The route went along the Danube as far as Golubac before turning inland. Fascinating to see the route we just cycled. The bus sure climbs the steep grades with a lot less effort! Day in Belgrade: Logistics Again-7-18-14 The train and bus stations are next to each other in Belgrade. On checking about train to Budapest, we discovered the bike compartment for the next morning was already full, so we had to wait until Saturday morning to go. No problem. We rode the wonderful bike paths in Belgrade for a little exercise and prepared to catch the train next morning. Belgrade to Budapest by Train: Easy, and Comfortable-7-19-14 We only have 60 days left in Shengen countries so we have chosen to ride as much of Euro Velo 6 from Budapest to St Nazaire, France as we can rather than ride through Hungary which is very rural in character. It is 1,666 miles from Budapest to St Nazaire. Of course, many cyclists can make the distance in 60 days with no problem, but, we like to go slowly (around 30 to 40 miles a day) to see all the things of interest along...

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Very Scenic Section as far as Dernap Donji Milanovac-Kladovo, Serbia 39 miles (63 km) Total so far: 198 miles (319 km)   Ascent: 1493 ft (455 m); Descent: 1562 ft (476 m); Max Elevation: 771 ft (235 m) World > Europe > Serbia > Donji Milanovac  – map World > Europe > Serbia > Kladovo  – map This is the most scenic section of the Danube Gorge. Most of the road is flat and paved with good smooth tarmac. There are, however, too short climbs that are quite easy and the third climb which is a 10% hill for almost 3 miles. It gains 630 feet of the total for the day. There are four more tunnels left to go through. Two of them are about 400 m long. The other two are very short. From Donji Milanovac to Tekija, there is no food or water or stores on this side of the river. We noticed many more towns on the Romanian side, some quite large. Bikeline does not mention the difference between the two sides. These are some of our observations: From Stara Palanka, where we crossed on the ferry to Ram, we could have stayed on the north side of the river and entered Romania shortly thereafter. The Romanian route is much flatter overall, with fewer and shorter ascents. It must be longer in miles because it dips into deep bays frequently. We only noticed one tunnel on the Romanian side. When you reached the narrowest part of the gorge, the road on the Romanian side climbed steeply for a short distance and went inland, thus missing impressive views of the gorge. That climb, however on the Romanian side was much shorter...

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The beginning of the Danube Gorge Golubac-Donji Milanovac 35 miles (57 km) Total so far: 159 miles (256 km) Ascent: 1276 ft Descent: 1238 ft Max Elevation: 667 ft World > Europe > Serbia > Golubac  – map World > Europe > Serbia > Donji Milanovac  – map From Golubac to Donji Milanovac, Euro Velo 6 enters Derdap National Park. Although it is a climbing day, it’s a beautiful ride along the Danube through the gorge. Golubac Fortress is just 5 kilometers from the town of the same name. It is most impressive. There are many interesting rock formations. The road is paved smooth although there are a few rough spots. But compared to the last few days, it’s heavenly. There is food and water available at Brnjica, and Dobra. After that, there is nothing until just before Donji Milanovac. We stopped to get breakfast at Toma Café in Brnjica which is right on the river. We had potato salad and tomato and cucumber salad with cheese for breakfast. Other than that, your choices are typical Serbia meat dishes. After half the distance to Donji, the tunnels begin. Most of the tunnels are short enough that you get light from both ends. We can remember two tunnels specifically where your headlight needed to be bright enough to see the curb along the side. It’s after Boljetin that the big hill climb comes. It ascends 330 feet in 1.2 miles. Going down the other side you get wonderful views of the Danube. Today on the route we encountered other touring cyclists. There were two from Belgium, two from Germany, and two from France with their two little children. They were amazing. We can’t believe the...

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Rough paving much of the distance Stara Palanka-Golubac  25 miles (40 km) Total so far: 124 miles (199 km) Ascent: 843 ft (257 m); Descent: 904 ft (275 m); Max Elevation: 391 ft (119 m) World > Europe > Serbia > Banatska Palanka  – map World > Europe > Serbia > Golubac  – map   Route from Stara Palanka-Golubac begins with a ferry crossing to Ram Elevation Profile: The hill out of Ram is very steep. Took the ferry across the Danube today to Ram. The ferry to Ram is a barge propelled by a tugboat. We’re going to Golubac which is just five kilometers before the Danube Gorge. There is a steep climb up from the ferry landing. The Ram Fortress is accessed from near the top of this hill. Ram Fortress as viewed from the ferry. The paving from Ram is really rough; the road is paved, but it’s so patched up that you bounce all over the place. Traffic, however, is not an issue on this entire route. When we got to Zatonje, there was a little store where we could buy some supplies. We were surprised to see such nice homes From Zatonje, the Euro Velo takes a left turn down a very steep rough street then comes out right on the Danube. Still, the paving is broken and rough chip seal. Each stone has its own elevation profile! There are a few nice camping spots through this section after Zatonje. Silver Lake is a very pretty spot where the Danube forks into a secondary river channel. There are very nice hotels, very nice restaurants and the Euro Velo 6 now has a legitimate bike path that is smoothly paved. But it...

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The Dike Route: Flat but Rough Smederevo-Stara Palanka, Serbia via the dike 39 miles (62 km) Total so far: 99 miles (159 km) Ascent: 846 ft (257.8 m) Descent: 955 ft (291 m) Max Elevation: 402 ft (122 m) World > Europe > Serbia > Smederevo  – map World > Europe > Serbia > Banatska Palanka  – map   There are really 2 route choices cycling Smederevo-Stara Palanka. Cross the river to the north bank and follow the marked route along the dike. This route quickly turns to gravel, dirt and grass. The other choice is to stay on the main highway through Kovin and Gaj. The yellow route follows the dike which is well signed. Alternatively, stay on the paved highway all the way, or cut back to the highway at Kovin for a smoother ride. Either way, this section has few views of the Danube. What you do see along the dike route is many interesting wetlands.   Elevation Profile: The steep descent at the beginning is from the Car Hotel to town! From the Car Hotel in Smederevo, it was about 5 miles including crossing the bridge to the north side. As soon as we crossed the bridge, we could see a dirt track leading to the dike route which was visible from the bridge. The dike was paved in both directions as far as we could see. EV 6 signs posted distances in both directions. We imagined a fabulous day on this flat, section, forgetting that in about a mile, the route would turn to gravel. For fifteen miles, we rode on gravel, packed dirt, and two single tracks, the middle having been taken over with thick grass. The path was...

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Belgrade-Smederevo by bus Getting out of Belgrade 60 miles (97 km) Total so far: 60 miles (97 km) World > Europe > Serbia > Belgrade  – map World > Europe > Serbia > Smederevo  – map   Introduction A little explanation is needed. We have been cycling in Europe since May 1, 2014. We started in Greece and cycled the Ionian Islands to Albania. After Albania, we cycled the Islands of Croatia from Dubrovnik to Split. Then we took a bus to Belgrade, Serbia. The plan is to bicycle from Belgrade via EuroVelo 6 through the famous Danube Gorge to the Iron Gates at Kladovo. Then, we will take a train to Budapest and cycle the best parts of EuroVelo 6 to St Nazaire, France. Europe is bicycle friendly in providing massive networks of bicycle specific paths, and long distance routes. There are 14 long distance trails currently recognized. They are called EuroVelo Routes.   From Serbia, we will be following parts of EuroVelo 6 to France and the Atlantic Ocean. We are doing the route backwards. Most cyclists start in France and finish at the Black Sea. Of course, many more cyclists ride portions of the route, not the entire distance.           Equipment: We are taking camping equipment with us, but planning on staying in local lodging until the prices get too high. So far, lodging has been very reasonable. We are carrying a 12 inch computer, a voice recorder, a GPS, a smart phone. We are not using the smart phone as a telephone so much as using it for Internet access. So far we have found Internet and enough cafés and lodging places that we have not needed to purchase a...
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