|With all that open road, I couldn't stick to the speed limit.|
For cyclists, though, the flood's not been a problem. In fact, yesterday on the Buda quay, the flood made bike commuting even faster. I hate to gloat in front of my four-wheeled friends, but when I hit the freshly closed embankment north of Margit híd, I FLEW!!
Reminded me of those magic months a few years ago when the embankment was closed for a sewerage project. People were out on running, skating, pushing strollers and riding bikes, with an abundance of space rarely seen outside of Wyoming.
After rocketing non-stop all the way to the Graphisoft Park, I downshifted to subsonic speed and slalomed through the police road blocks along Királyok útja / Nánási út. (With the exception of one cop who told me I should ride on the sidewalk (according to Hungarian traffic rules, this is actually illegal unless you're under age 12), police basically turned a blind eye to cyclists. This has been a very easy way to get around.
|The fearsome Hungarian rendôrség takes charge near Római part.|
I rode along Eurovelo 6 route on the riverside for a ways, then through strawberry fields around Budakalász. Finally got up to Szentendre, which is putting its brand-new mobile dike through the paces. If you're curious about what the powers that be have in mind for Római part, this is a good reference. The difference, of course, is that in Szentendre, the mobile dike is merely replacing a section of a conventional earthen dike that has been there for decades. In Római part, they'll have to build it up from scratch, which will mean a drastic transformation of the river bank.
|Traffic jam on the Buda embankment|
|At a low point between Szépvölgyi utca and Tímár utca, the water was already over the road, so had to jump up onto the bike path.|
|Skaters on the embankment -- what's the world coming to??|
|At this point, the Eurovelo signage was leading me astray.|
|This road through Budakalász is restricted to local motor traffic -- but transiting cyclists are no problem.|
|A U-pick (szedd magad) strawberry field near Budakalász.|
|Atop the old dike in Szentendre, and looking at the new mobile dike around the bend.|
|Southern end of the Szentendre mobile dike.|
|At the north end of the Szentendre dike, it's a simple concrete wall. Workers are doing finishing touches with cut-stone facing.|