All of them have been thematic so far, this one was about the hills (I wouldn't really call mountains anything in Hungary, since Trianon, 1920) of our country - we rode as close to all the highest peaks of every area as possible on paved roads.
We started in the Southwest part of Hungary, so we visited a friend who lives very close to the start. The village is called Hossz?het?ny and it became the first stop of the run too, being the closest to the highest peak of Mecsek.
This was the place I had some time to take a few pictures on our hike the day before the start.
We spent the night in the village then filled the tanks at the gas station closest to the start. I also took pictures about the odometers, and these, like most of the other pictures, are purely documentary.
To tell the truth, I still don't know how can I take pictures during riding, if I don't want to waste
a.) fuel (if I see something I have to brake to stop there and not much later from where it'd take several minutes to walk back in a hot riders' outfit)
b.) time (of which we didn't have too much)
The trip was a challenge, I wanted to try my stamina and navigation skills. I turned the wrong way a few times, it wasn't surprising. What was - that how few and small mistakes I made compared to many others in the same run
So here come the few I took for the pictures themselves:
But we've seen many beautiful places in this tiny country, where we absolutely have to go back. We've trodden a lot of fantastic roads and incredibly bad ones too. I've learned a lot, or it may not be the best word, but I've surely improved at a lot of things.
About being the best at fuel economy - well, all the others who wrote about the run, wrote numbers from worlds apart. Except for shiNIN, who beat me in the end. All her tanks were a little better than my ones, except for the last one, which was worse because of the strong wind and the hurry of the last day. Which proved to be the trickiest part, with the worst, narrow bumpy roads, one of them I don't want to see anymore, even in my nightmares: the road is one lane "wide", it's full of huge potholes, gravel, broken twigs and surprise sharp turns... it's outright dangerous.
The numbers for the trip itself are (they're different to the log in Teresa's case due to the fill-to-fill method I used instead of the usual light-to-light one):
12.45l for 462.5km - 2.69l/100km = 87.379 US MPG
13.11l for 489.8km - 2.68l/100km = 87.878 US MPG
12.47l for 455.3km - 2.74l/100km = 85.88 US MPG
4.83l for 158.3km - 3.05l/100km = 77.115 US MPG (estimated - somewhat better than the tank finished next day)
42.86l for 1565.9km = 2.737l/100km = 85.93 US MPG
Teresa (in Ciliegia-kilometers too, the difference is roughly 1.4%):
12.62l for 458.3(464.7)km = 2.75(2.72)l/100km = 85.41(86.60) US MPG
13.29l for 482.7(489.8)km = 2.75(2.71)l/100km = 85.43(86.68) US MPG
12.65l for 449.4(455.7)km = 2.81(2.77)l/100km = 83.56(84.73) US MPG
4.60l for 155.6(157.8)km = 2.96(2.92)l/100km = 79.56 (80.68) US MPG (estimated - same as the tank finished next day)
43.16l for 1546(1568)km = 2.79(2.753) = 84.25(85.45) US MPG