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Old 04-01-2014, 09:40 PM   #46
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:21 PM   #47
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seeing I'm Polish I felt compelled to look at your story.. Fantastic.. .
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Too those who don't, none is possible...
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:43 PM   #48
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Thanks for the ride! Poland is beautiful!
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:36 AM   #49
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Very nice report !!!

I'm comming to Poland next month for the IZI-meeting. By seeing your pictures I'm even looking more forward to ride to your country
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:56 AM   #50
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Super Zdjecia!! Going to Rzeszow in may Wish I had a bike to explore Bieszczady another Awesome place!! Good luck with Your travels! Bawcie sie ostrorznie:)
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:20 AM   #51 OP
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Start of 2014 season

Hi everybody - we have Easter time, sun was shinig, so I made a small trip in my nearby. Clip was made by my brother - have a fun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2014, 08:27 AM   #52
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Thanks; I enjoyed that!
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:17 AM   #53
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Subscribed to this Epic thread; thanks for sharing! Here's my Polish ADV sticker, courtesy of Looks Good in Black. I also started this season's riding with a ride & camp on Good Friday:
We're visiting Poland this summer & you're RR is making me look forward to it even more
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:11 AM   #54 OP
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Rogacz 2014

In the and of April we met on Rogacz ( about edition 2013 You can read here.

Because I have 17 km the Rogacz so I arrived late:

I the evening we had Żurek - it's traditional polish soup:

And there was a great party next to the fire place - even rain was no problem.

In the morning still there was a little rain, but we go to the oldest part of Bielsko-Biala:

From there by some viliges we get to st Wendelin Chapel - like last year:

Next point was Goczalkowice Lake - one of the biggest artificial lake in PL.

Than we had a dinner in my parents garden:

After that full of power we ride to he palce where two river cross - one is goind above the other - the best is than the upper river is going on east, lower west:

We ride along Sola river - the are 3 dams: (in the picture there is Porabka)

And our group of on-road tourists:

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Old 05-16-2014, 07:35 PM   #55
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Now I'm hungry for soup. What a unique pair of rivers! Awesome view & campfire!!

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Old 09-27-2014, 06:13 AM   #56 OP
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Kaszuby - way to the TransalpClub Poland (TCP) meeting

I haven't write here for a long time - there are a few reasons - main is that I changed the job and I'm almost not riding - second is permanent lack of time to describe places where I was (even in polish on my blog).

So let's start from may - during one weekend there was two important events.
TCP spring yearly meeting - this year was on Kaszuby (central-north Poland), and I started to be 30 ().
First part (this post) will be about way to TCP to Lipa peninsula.

Monday morning (meeting starts in Thursday) I planned to go to Kolobrzeg (seaside) and take a ferry to Bornholm and back - than to go to Lipa, but it was only the plan.

Monday noon - everything is ready - so start. I took rd 81 in direction of Gliwice. Sun was shining, perfect condition to ride - speed about 80-90 kmh, and suddenly IT happened. My tube exploded - I had lot, lot of luck - it was straight, two lane, empty road - somehow (maybe my angle was with me) I stopped without slide, crash - really lot of luck.

There was bus stop - I sat on a bench and felt like a jellybean...after long while I called assistance service (I have it in my motobike insurance pack).

My TA on was loaded service truck - and we head back home (40 km).

Next day I decided not to ride - I helped my parents with garden works.

Wednesday - let's star for the second time My friend said that he will join me, but he didn't (no problem for me - I prefer to ride alone). During first day I made 450-500 km - and slept in neraby of Wloclawek.

Next day I woke up early in the morning I ride north. After few km I visit the first open car service - I needed key 30, big flat screwdriver and hummer - head frame bearing had to be tide a bit
After 5 minutes job was done and I had nice talk with service guys.
Finaly I got to Tuchola - one of the most important cities in region. In Tuchola there is tourist information and museum of the Tucholski National Park.
I get some information, and nice lady in IT where is nice place to eat breakfast over the lake.

So I ride there:

No people, sun, sand - place to eat with table - could I asked for more, I don't think so.

I studied map I get an idea how to get to Lipa Peninsula - in straight line 45 min ride - on my way it took me 6 hours

First I wanted to feel like an archologist - in Raciaz there is also peninsula on the lake where old settlement place was.
I left bike on empty parking in the middle of the nowhere and walked 400-500 meters, to cross the bridge to the place:

Only small walk up the hill and You can see:

Next to each building (or just basement) there is table with description what it was.

To get there (and back) You need to ride on sandy road, like this:

After that I ride through the forest (legally) to the Great Canal of Brda.

Than again through the pine forest (I love smell of pine forest) I reach Fojutowo - place where is the biggest aqueduct in Poland.

All complex is renewed and well maintenance.
There is also view tower with breathtaking panoramas:

After the Great Canal of Brda, there was time for Small Canal of Brda:

There are a few smaller aqueducts, but canal itself is nice:

I stoped on the bridge, make some photos, had a nice chat with fisherman:

and by the gravel highway:

I ride to the other lake, where was time to dinner and some photos

By the beautiful Kaszubian forest:

I ride to the Lipa Peninsula to camping where the TCP meeting took place.

During writing this post I realized that it my last photo before 30........

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Old 09-27-2014, 02:30 PM   #57
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Happy that you're back in the saddle! Thanks for the report.
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:32 AM   #58 OP
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TCP meeting - next days in Kaszuby Region

Next day - Friday, I started to be 30's...and I was able to ride - last night party was so good (my friends told me - I have a black-hole in memory).
So that day I spent with small amount of beer over the lake and I did nothing...
Saturady was the day of navigation rally - I love it, so I did, everything to be able to ride.

We were competing in team of two bikes - I started with my friend KJU and Renia(KJU's passenger) - photo from start line - other teams are preparing:

First checkpoint, and task to do is on abandoned airfield - we have to take ith cup of water from one table to the right hand, ride ca.100-150 m, put it on the other table, and don't split the water. (sorry no phots).

Kaszuby it is region full of canals, lake, smaller and bigerr rivers - just lot of water and sand :)

We travel from village to village by gravel some time deep sandy roads:

Odry is our netx stop - it is place in some case similar to Stonhage - filed full of magic stone circles, with positive vibration, and positive energy:

Full of energy we ride through forestes, to the next tasks.
By the way we saw nice church:

In village called Wiele (in polish it mean "a lot of") - nice name, we had to find specific boat.
What is the problem - there is lake there, so boat should be there - big mistake. Boat which we were looking for was made form concrete a stay on the top of the small hill (me in boat):

On our way we had to visit trains museum (no photos) - and after that the rain started.... so we were waiting in the bus stop:

One of the last place to visit was museum of polish anthem - with symbol of Polnad - big eagle which wings are made from scythe:

In the evening we were surprised - we had 3th place in competition.
In Sunday morning I start riding back at 5 am - and ride to the Krakow. Nice trip was finished.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:56 AM   #59
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Great pictures. Thanks for the effort to update.

And Happy Birthday! This old polish guy turned 50 last Friday . . .
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:46 AM   #60 OP
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Jura Rally

One day my friend(than one with who I started in rally during TCP) and tell about Jura Rally (navigation rally). Next we were on starting list

It was Saturday - who want to wake up before 6 am (I wanted ) - I ride near 100 km to start line, but roads were empty, so it was pleasure.

On the start various bikes but only 2 TA (most off road on starting list). One of the most important thing in competition was ride as less km as is possible (no problem - on TA you can ride, where other can only dream about).

Starting line:

and "self photo" before start:

Jura is very nice region of Poland - name comes from Jurassic era - You can see a lot of stones, ect:

It is also know because of "Eagle Nests track" it is line made by middle -age castles. You will see it later.

On start line we get roadbook with direction only for 10 km....but we ride to the other rally office:

Next to office we had leave our bikes and walk to Zborów Mount:

Mount and nearby is protected area, there is also cave which we visited.
Before You go to the cave safety features have wore:

With guide we went to cave (name of cave is głęboka - it's mean deep).

Inside we got a lesson about form stones in cave (nothing new for me - I was in speleology club for a few years), but I didn't know about poisoned spiders in cave - we seen it.

After visit in cave we have quiz (get max. points). We get map with obligatory points and tasks to do. In nearby restaurant we had cafe, make plan and ride across beautiful Polnad:

By nice gravel roads (not available for on-road plastic bikes and choppers)
we ride to Podzamcze (Ogrodzieniec)

We had to find "horse" - so we did it.

and make all team photo with "horse"

In next task we had to find ostrich farm, so they are:

Owner tell us lot about that big birds and we can feet them:

After visit in farm we talk with couple on Triumph Tiger that they will go with us...but they did it only to the first gravel...sorry but TA is TA

We had to find 2 churches - first one:

By the way we stop for "Browarek" (in polish word browarek meas small beer):

and I really wanted to have photo with that sing:

It's connected with my nick name, but difficult to explain - sorry You have to learn polish language.

In Bobolice there is castle (I described it in that thread) - we need to read something form information board.

After next few kilometers there is other castle in Mirów:

Next to Żarki there are ruins of the church:

next to church there are 3 solar clocks (they show time in different time zones).

Last task was to find cave (hole) in mount called "ass" - so I can say that we really were in hole in the ass and it is it:

After that we ride to the finish line, of course in adv way (tarmac is boring):

In moment we get finishline rain started (and finish 5 minutes later).
On our way back to Krakow we had rainbow on our left side:

KJU I started with made a movie - so You can see it:

Also You can take a look for more photos here: screwed with this post 10-18-2014 at 07:54 AM is offline   Reply With Quote


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