World Run II / Reports
The map shows the position of which the pictures for the day are taken (if any). The start and finish markers are placed at the first and last valid registered position. This is not nessesary the actual start and finish position, if GSM or GPS signals was not available.
Distance today: 52.0 km (Accumulated: 4597.0 km)
Elapsed time: 05:22:53
Start 9:42am., at village lim. sign "Barsa" on hwy.79A.
12c, rain and l. wind.
Finish 16:47pm. At km-marker 68 "Brad 36km" on hwy. 76, 2km after Varfurile. 20c, half clear and same.
NB: Swiching to Romanian time, gmt 3h.
Police - the Romanian way !
Another stage in Stunning Scenery (please see the pic. from the Live coverage). A little cultural example among many of why Romania is turning my preconception of the contry up-side-down:
Near the finish I enter a small shop/cafe to buy water and chocolate. From the atm-maschines I am giftet w. large notes in "lei" wich is toomuch for the lady at the counter (a chair, a little desk & a calculator..). In enters two policemen. One of them takes a look at the situation, opens his wallet and hands me the correct change and takes 2 small packets of cigarettes from the shelf as a payment from the shop.
- All w. a Clint Eastwood expression a'la "We aint saveages around here".
He nods as I run on towards the mountains and my evening tent. Somewhere between embarrasment of my previous idea of Easteuropean police and a smile.
- Dont allways take tv as the truth about other contries and cultures :-)
Romania does have lifestyles that could be 50y. old. A way of interest and unconditional help probably gone most other places; w. more smiles 'on the street' that I have seen anywhere else ! But it also has sudden 100percent western standard. And a courious mix of modern and ancient. Roads that beats most in west (! Why ?? Eu ?). Lets see