On 13 August we went to the Bucegi mountains. From Busteni we went up by telecabin. An easy walk led to the Costila TV station where we activated YO/MC-009. After another easy walk we arrived at the Omu weather station at 2507 meters. Our accommodation was in a very basic refuge that can be characterised as a zero star hotel. To be honest there was a small hut around the corner where cold beer and hot meals were served. The sky was clear at this altitude and we enjoyed watching the Perseids with two or three palinkas to keep us warm.
On Wednesday 11 August we got real value for our money. Close to our Transalpina resort we activated three summits YO/MC-052, YO/MC-050 and YO/MC-078. The three summits were good for a 14 km walk. For those wanted something extra there even was a fourth summit YO/MC-080. Csaba YO6PIB and Zoli YO2BP carefully watched each other, so that they would qualify for Mountain Goat on the same summit. Back in our hotel we celebrated their achievement with wodka and special herbs from the summit.
It was an early start this morning. We split up in two teams. One started at Piatra Goznei YO/WC-207 and the other one at Muntele Mic YO/MC-096. Margreet K2XYL made her very first QSO and she also did her maiden activation. Welcome to SOTA!
After our activations it was a four hour ride to our lodge in Rânca in the Middle Carpatians. Our old lady (that’s not Margreet but the Volvo S80 with almost 400.000 km on the clock) did extremely well on both paved and unpaved mountain roads.
Today we did the second leg of our travel to Romania. From Nürnberg we drove past Passau, Linz and Vienna to Bratislava. Close to the capital of Slovakia is an old air defence site called Devínska Kobyla with summit reference OM/BA-004. On the photo above you can see Paul HB9DST in action. We found ourselves rooms in the Mercure Hotel in Bratislava. Compared to Geneva the prices are extremely friendly. After sightseeing in the old town of Bratislava we enjoyed a traditional Slovak meal.
Our plan was to leave Ingen, that’s the village where we live, around nine o’clock this morning. When I found out that the solar controller I ordered would be delivered this morning, I decided to wait for it. So we left around 11h30. Because of all the “Baustellen” on the German Autobahn we did not move very fast. But to be honest it wasn’t very bad. It was a very hot day and the temperature as displayed in the car was 43 C. Around 18h00 we arrived at Moritzberg DM/BM-210. After the activation at this 603 meter high summit we had a beer and dinner on the terrace of the small Gasthof near the Hindenburg Tower. After dinner we went back to Nürnberg where we met Paul HB9DST. Paul had come by train. We are now having some nice cold beers on the terrance of the hotel.
Two of the international participants are from the Netherlands. Hans PB2T and Margreet K2XYL will travel by car and plan to start their trip on 7 August with stops in Nürnberg and near Bratislava. In Nürnberg they will team up with Paul HB9DST. On 9 August this group of international participants hopes to arrive in Timisoara for the kick-off. A blog of the marathon activities will be kept here. Those who want to leave comments need to click the title of the blog.