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Transalpine Road---the highest newest mountain road in Romania---

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By claudiatransylvania (5 McR Points) on Nov 14, 2011

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Written Directions

NOTE: The map above is not entirely accurate. For some reason the system would not allow the route to be drawn entirely on DN67C and forced the route to Miercurea Sibiului to the east and then it headed back to 67C. Ignore that and simply start in Sebes and head south on 67C (AKA UN67C) all the way down to Navaci (or in reverse).

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Ride your motorcycle to the clouds on Transalpina Road - the highest, newest mountain road in Romania After Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear referred to Transfagarasan Road (http://youtu.be/mZK08AgaYys) in Romania as possibly the best in the world, Romanians reveal the secret weapon - Transalpina Road, the highest mountain road in Romania (2145m above the sea level). With its highest point at Urdele Pass (2,145m above sea level), crossing Paring Mountains, the road is one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountain Chain and the highest mountain road in Romania. Making the connection between Transylvania and Oltenia, the road, also called The King's Road by the locals, was built in 1938 under the rule of King Carol II of Romania with an economic, strategic and military purpose and later rebuilt during World War II by German troops. Left for years in degradation, the pavement disappeared in time, giving the opportunity for some incredible off road motorcycle riding until 2010 when the construction work that begun on the road interfered with the traveling plans of the off road motorcycle enthusiasts. Today the construction work to the road is almost finished and the official reopening by the authorities was made this summer (unofficially the road has been enjoyed long before this by many adventurous riders). The road is now 90% paved and stands as a dream motorcycle route for every rider. Starting from Sebes and head south down to Novaci on DN67C, Transalpina covers over 100 kilometers of hairpin curves, after each, the scenery unfolds itself offering incredible views over the mountains. The road is perfectly built, like it was designed to be used as a race track to the clouds and can be explored in about 3 hours riding. The paving of the road didn't spoil the off road appetite too much, since around the area there are still plenty of tracks to be explored. Less famous than Transfagarasan Road, Transalpina is considered to be the best paved motorcycle road by the local motorcyclists, offering the possibility of some superb motorcycle riding. The motorcycle riders that have had the pleasure to ride this incredible road consider it even more adventurous than Transfagarasan, which still remains the second highest road in Romania and probably the best in the world. So there you have it, two dream roads in Romania, connecting other regions of the country with famous Transylvania, two original, perfectly designed dream roads, offering incredible rides and enormous satisfaction for the riders. Dare to dream, and dare to make your dream rides come true.

Drive Enjoyment

New tarmac, 90% paved at the time of this submission (11/14/2011). The route offers near unlimited twists and turns, accents and descents!!!

Tourism Opportunities

Plenty of restaurants, hotels, country inns or guest houses on the road to spend the night and enjoy a great meal.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

If you are a free spirit, lonely, adventurous rider, you can always catch a flight to Transylvania (Cluj Napoca or Targu Mures Airports) to be collected and transferred by car to the garage, collect a rented motorcycle, complete with a full tank of fuel and enjoy some of the best riding days of your life. If you are looking for group riding, motorcycle camaraderie, a trip with no worries, no time wasted on selecting accommodation, securing the bikes or speaking the language, you can choose a Cluj Napoca guaranteed departure motorcycle tour, including fantastic rides on both Transalpina and Transfagarasan Roads sprinkled with medieval citadels, charming cities and legendary castles. You will be escorted by a 100% Transylvanian English speaking guide who knows all the best rides in the area, making it an extraordinary, authentic experience.

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