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This post is about a 15km walk from Macău to Petrindu. I struggle with a hill and manage to outrun a thunderstorm.

It has been the first cold night in weeks. Well, not really cold, but I had to use my sleeping bag and zip it up a little. So that was new.


I woke up at six and felt like getting immediately back on the road. The problem was that everything was wet. This was one of the downsides of sleeping in the fields: the morning dew was like a wet blanket on everything.

It took hours to get everything dry, and I got going at 10. The road was quiet, just as I liked it. I came through a small town called Aghireșu. It had a few sizeable factory buildings, but I wasn’t sure if they were still operational or not.


Then the road went up the hills. I struggled a bit to get to the top, and once I did, I sat down for a meal of beans and bread and bell peppers.

I heard thunder behind me, and when I turned around I saw that the clouds were getting dark on the horizon.

Luckily, the road down from the hills was easy and nice. I walked fast, trying to get away from the thunderstorm. There wasn’t much traffic, but at one time a cyclist shot past me like a rocket.

I went to a guest house in a village called Petrindu, got a room, took a shower, and went to the kitchen. The owners had given me a giant tomato and some other vegetables from their garden. I was alone, no one else was there, and sat down at the kitchen table, quietly munching on my tomato.


the walk from Macău to Petrindu:

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