Pah, I guess I had been reading the totally wrong web sites in the past to find out about Romania.
I'm here now. What a great place, and like has been said in a previous post - the people really are friendly.
i've had no bother from anyone.
Yes, there are gypsies, but they leave you alone. They to have a life to live and they just get on with it.
My first experiance of Romania was a total contrast to what had been mentioned in other sites (this one not counted.)
I had only done 20 miles when a storm arrived. When first coming into Romania you could smell rain in the air, and it was getting cooler, but it mattered not. I was by this time totally melted from the heat in Bulgaria - I don't do heat too well. Hahaha, how will I manage when I get to Turkey. LOL.
As the storm got closer I decided it was time to find somewhere to camp up for the storm/night. I passed an open gateway / farm, did a quick U turn and headed in. Knocked on the door of the farm. Made the usual gestures of resting my head on my hands and pointed to a patch of grass. Indicating my request to camp and sleep there for the night. Nodding of head - OK, OK, no problem. And so it was. My first night in Romania was arranged.
I had just finished putting up the tent, when the farmer arrived, bearing gifts of frood and drink. So not only did I have somewhere to sleep, I also had some good decent food. Many words were spoken, very little understood, but much information was passed and gained. Then the storm arrived. The farmer left me and went into his house, leaving me to cope - for what it was - with the weather.
The storm passed through the night. As I was packing up early next morning the farmer arrived again, and again bearing gifts - food, coffee, and a beer. LOL, a beer at 6am. Not wanting to offend I took all and drank a beer with the guy before making onward tracks.
Thanks all for the proper advice given. Romania, for me has been a good experiance (so far) and I expect it to remain so.