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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunshine While Swimming Down The Danube

Courtesy of Canah along the Danube River, Germany.

Romanian Avram Iancu continues on his scheduled 60-day stage swim of 2,860 km along the Danube River through Europe.

The 41-year-old librarian from Petrosani, Transylvania started his stage swim from Donaueschingen in the Black Forest in Germany. He is now heading into Day 36 as each day is a dynamically different replication of the day before.

Day 41 on July 30th

Today Iancu and his team enjoyed a lovely day with sunny weather and no clouds. This enabled him to swim 42 km. The team was cheered on by another group of Romanians 20 km into today's journey. They camped by the 1598 km milestone and are excited for tomorrow.

Day 42 on July 31st

Today Iancu swam 50 km, helped by the splendid weather. “Today has been the most beautiful and productive day so far, with a lot of sunshine and high temperatures. Whilst the weather might be too hot for most people on land, this is perfect for me, and everything went very smoothly today.”

The team had some mechanical problems with their car, but they were able to have that fixed by a kind mechanic who refused to charge them after hearing about their quest.

After the first 37 km, Iancu had another surprise in store for him: a professional massage, which made the last 13 km of today feel very easy and pleasant after. “My personal masseur from Romania promised to join us once we reach Romania and I am very much looking forward to having him around daily. Receiving a professional massage makes a huge difference in eliminating all the toxins in the body and helps muscle recovery. A Canah delegate also joined us today, bringing a lot of very delicious food – which was amazing as we did not have to worry about preparing anything.

Day 43 on August 1st

Iancu swam 43 km today through the Hungarian lowlands helped by the nice weather. He also passed Paks where the only nuclear power plant in Hungary is located. Here they were stopped and questioned by the local police for the second time in Hungary, but having all documents in order, everything ended well and the team was free to continue. Canah delegates arranged for another massage for Iancu today. “It felt amazing to receive yet another massage, and I am very thankful to Canah for it; they also supplemented our food budget which is great.

Day 44 on August 2nd

Today Iancu swam 46 km, pushing on until after the sunset. He also passed Baja where the Hungarian media interviewed him. At the end of the day, Iancu reached the 1462 km milestone and is expecting to reach Croatia tomorrow, leaving yet another country behind.

A report on his stage swims between Days 1-9 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 10-13 is posted here. A report on his stage swim on Day 14 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 15-16 is posted here. A report on his stage swim on Day 17 is posted here. A report on his stage swim on Day 18 is posted here. A report on his stage swims on Day 19-20 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 21-23 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 24-27 is posted here. A report on his stage swim on Day 28 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 29-32 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 33-35 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 36-41 is posted here. To follow Iancu on Facebook, visit here.

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