Romania Trip Log, Day 7, June 16 - Off to the Bucegi Plateau today. Parked near the cable car station; Ed will ride up, Peter will hike up instead.
About an hours wait, lots of people, some with bikes, waiting to ascend; the ride about 15 mins. each way. Started to rain hard as I got into
the cable car waitroom (had been lined up outside until then). The weather did not look promising up on the mountain ahead.
Finally got into
the cable car and on the way up, over deep gorges and steep cliffs. As we approached the top, the mountain flattened into a wide vast plateau
where you could see for miles. From the cable car a few minutes walk uphill to the Babele Hostel where I sat on the outdoor patio
and waited for Peter to arrive on foot. He arrived about 20 mins. later, having done the 5 hour hike in 2 hours.
We took pictures of the
wind-hewn rock formations that are a major attraction of the plateau. There were loads of people around, many hikers with backpacks,
others just up for a stroll with the family, but the sky was filled with dark clouds, and there was lightning in the far distance.
We headed for one of the nearby peaks, where a cross is located, the trail was good, at one point we crossed a snow field which extended
down a valley from a higher huge snow field. There were numerous people on the trail. Unfortunately about half-way up to the cross
the weather turned severe, thunder and lightning, and a heavy rain with some sleet/hail.
We sought refuge under a large slanting rock
slab but it didnít cover us completely and we got quite wet, even though wearing rainproof coats. Other people were on the trail above us,
returning to the Babele even tho there was some lightning around. After about an hour we decided to join some others who were returning
(safety in numbers?) and half-ran back down the trail to the cable car station. We made it in time before the 4pm last run,
but then had to wait for 3-4 car loads ahead of us to get on. We drove back to Brasov, my pension where we could shower and put on clean dry clothes.
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