Category Archives: Moldova

Cycling in Eastern Europe: Popular Bike Routes & Safest Countries

young Man on a bike tour in Eastern Europe

Hi. My name is Darren Alff… and for the last 18 years I have been traveling around the world on my bicycle. I’ve pedaled by bike hundreds of thousands of miles/kilometers and I’ve ridden across dozens of different countries on multiple continents all around the world. In fact, I’ve cycled across every country in Europe […]

Summary Of My 12th Long-Distance Bike Tour

The last 12 months have been amazing. I attended the Sundance Film Festival, saw some of my favorite musicians perform live (including A Fine Frenzy and Nellie McKay), rode a motorcycle across the Western United States and conducted a 10-month-long bicycle tour across 20 European countries. In this article I aim to summarize my thoughts […]

One Year Of Bicycle Touring In Europe – 2012 Video Review

2012 was a truly incredible year! Here’s just a small taste of what I did: Spent 4 months skiing at North America’s #1 ski resort – Deer Valley. Watched 12 amazing movies at the Sundance Film Festival. Saw more than a dozen famous musicians perform, including A Fine Frenzy, Lisa Hannigan, Nellie McKay, Flying Lotus, […]

Cycling Across Transnistria

I was afraid that entering Transnistria (the thin breakaway territory between Moldova and Ukraine) might be difficult or that I’d be pestered in some way by the officials at the border. Instead, my entrance into the small country was rather effortless, except for one major unforeseen issue. It took me just a few hours to […]

Did I Really Just Purchase A Pair Of Winter Boots?

After suffering from a near case of frostbite on my left foot’s big toe and soon after discovering that the hole in the bottom of my shoe had become ten times bigger, I knew there was no way I could cycle from my current location in Chisinau, Moldova to Ukraine and Poland without first buying […]

Booking It Into Chisinau, Moldova While Getting Two Flat Tires In A Single Day

After riding well into darkness the night before and pitching my tent in an orchard just off the roadside, I woke up early and found my tent covered in a thin layer of frost. It was freezing outside! I packed up my bicycle and after no more than twenty feet of pushing the bike out […]

Welcome To The Republica Moldova

I had already spent a full day on the bike by the time I reached the border of Romania and Moldova, but I figured I’d cross the border and then find a place to sleep in Moldova before the sun went down. Unfortunately, the border crossing took forever! It too nearly an hour for the […]

My Cycle Touring Plans For Eastern Europe

I’ve been bicycle touring across Europe for almost four months now and I’m having a blast! (See the most recent photos here.) But I’ve still got a long way to go. So today, rather than tell you about where I’ve been over the past four months and the experiences I’ve had along the way, I […]

My Bicycle Touring Travel Plans For 2012

On May 3rd, 2012 I’ll be leaving my home and taking off on my 12th long-distance bicycle tour. This is going to be my longest bicycle tour to date… as I plan to be on the road for a little over a year and will be cycling across more than 15 different countries in both […]