So, what can I tell you?
The north of Poland isn't exciting. I'm sure there's some great riding in Poland around Zakapane but the north is dull. Very dull. Have to say that I enjoyed the ride up from Lodz, aiming to stop just before the border in Suwalki. Lots of excellent roads punctuated by small villages where the road surface suddenly deteriorates. I came to the conclusion that the speed limit is determined by the quality of the road. One in particular was virtually impossible.
Only noteworthy sight was lots of storks milling about.
Fuel and coffee stop had a friendly welcome.
Two images of Poland that stick in the mind although I couldn't stop to snap them. The first was a large John Deere dealership with rows of shiny tractors lined up outside whilst, in the very next field, an old guy was labouring to fix a pre-Solidarnosc tractor. The other in similar vein was a large field of wheat with three huge combine harvesters making light work of it and 100 meters further along, an old couple, him reaping with a scythe and her turning with a rake. I guess Poland is a country in development and these things take time.
If you're coming this way, there's a couple of decent looking places to stop for the night just after Augustow but I kept on going, heading for Suwalki. Forget it. Everything around Suwalki is "TIR" truck-stop category. Eventually rode on into Lithuania and stumbled across an excellent new motel in Marijampolé.
100 litas (about €30) including a decent breakfast. Bar and cafe (and bowling alley and pool hall) next door.
I was immediately befriended on arrival by Ignas and his buddies. Ignas was half way into a bottle of vodka and invited me to help him finish it.
Turns out that he makes his living by dubious means which I shouldn't divulge. A Political Science graduate who worked six years in Norway, he's decided the black market is the only way to earn a decent living in Lithuania.