DAY 51 It was a hard days cycle. 37 degrees, large open fields with no shade and not much to see. After 84km we finally came to a village called Orgovány where we hoped to find a rest place but no such thing. Before, when entering the village we were admiring a beautiful secluded garden around a church so we went back to see if it was open and fortunately we heard organ music. A young woman was playing and I asked if it was possible to put up our tent in the garden. She took me to the priest who was so friendly to offer us not only the guesthouse but also grapes, plums and a bottle of “Palinka”, let’s say, “the Vodka of Hungaria”.
Day 52 On the road again, passing Hungarian villages getting nearer to Romania. Campings are further apart but the quality is generally good. We stopped at a Thermal camping near Ötwa where we took a “thermal rest”. It was the first day after “High Season” so it was quiet. We plunged in swimming pools, icy cold baths after steaming hot baths and sauna’s. It was a wonderful treat.
Further we camped on an empty camping, discovered “Etterem” restaurants where you can eat or “take away” a very tasteful 2 course meal for €3,50 (people line up before they open) and we visited the lovely city of Hódmezövásárhely which belongs to “Slowcitta” a movement with over 200 cities worldwide which goal is to improve quality of life by slowing down!
After a camp stop in Gyula we cycled pass large agricultural fields (with occasional oil pumps..?) towards Rumania in 37C (again).