Declaring a road to be the best for leisure motoring is a very subjective task with lot of condition applies tags. For example the weather should be appropriate when you are riding it along with factors like prevalent traffic conditions, asphalt quality (post snowfall season, just after tarmac was re-laid) and things like that.
For me I had found the best road in the world today, if you keep in mind the TransFagarasan was the best road declared by TopGear, which I did yesterday. Or did I?
Top Gear supposedly could not drive on the TransAlpina because it wasn’t fully asphalted until 2012. So right now it was all ready for me at least.
The TransAlpina is the DN67C (DN stands for Drumul Naţional which means National Road ). It runs, from South to North, Novaci to Parang towns in Romania. It is considered to be one of the most spectacular mountain roads of the Carpathian Mountains.
(From Wiki): It is said that the road was built under King Carol II and rebuilt during World War II by German troops and it is called The King’s Road by the locals. Also a story has it that Nicolae Ceauşescu had the Transfăgărăşan Road (DN7C), which I rode yesterday, built during the communist regime just to surpass the Transalpina. Whatever the case may be I was grinning as wide as I could under my helmet.
If you ask me these two roads are fine examples of some excellent handsome roads, but nobody can tag any road as the ‘best in the world’, if its more like ‘this is the best road that WE have been on so far!’. So with all due respects to Top Gear and it’s stalwarts I will stop crtitically evaluating and comparing these two roads and just get on with the photos.
The only thing which I was missing here is the snow like the TransFagarasan, but that is more a variable than a permanent feature, with snow this would have been even better!
For me the sight of this peak on the road with the road snaking down was worth more than anything else so far – it was photogenic as hell, rare as the unicorn: