Road Cycling, multi stages, in the valleys, from Brussels to Budapest, July 2021

Komárom - Budapest

It's 7.30 am , I'm on the main road of Komarom and here comes the Charneux mini-bus. I get my identity card, a new tire and some extra clothes. Then I decide to take the bridge Komarom overlooking the Duna and continue my way on the left bank of the river. I will not go to Komarno (Komarom in Slovak) because customs-soldiers will refuse me the passage, my identity card of Belgian citizen not being recognized by their country. I leave then on the right bank of the river-border and once arrived at Esztergom, I make a stop to visit its cathedral. I take the road for Visegrad after dissipation of the high temperatures of noon and it will be beautiful wooded mountains and campings that will be the setting for this afternoon. I meet a lot of Dutch, German and Belgian cars and I discover that the companies Holcim and Lafarge have facilities there. In the second half of the afternoon, the traffic is more dense because iwe are on sunday and a lot of Hungarians return to Budapest after being bathed in the Duna. Arrived on the outskirts of Budapest, I would do another fifteen kilometers on a degraded road before arriving at the center of the city. On a fast and dangerous lane I drive fast enough to leave this traffic as soon as possible but the road is really bad and one of my saddlebags fall off my luggage rack. Then, I drive on a well-equipped cycle track and I am the route headed for the Lanchid bridge. From afar I see the imposing Parliament building, orange-colored by the sun that slowly begins to set. I then cross the bridge Lanchid accessible that day only to pedestrians and cyclists. I finally arrive at a boarding school of a music school transformed during summer breaks into dormitories for young travelers. In the bedroom, there arecc2 x 2 bunk beds. I first sympathize with a french from Paris then I would meet a North Korean, an American from Pennsylvania, a Swedish, and a Mexican who will give me a nice paint with a lot of color from his country.