June 2013

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Holy Trinity

3355 km so far. We started the day in the perfect way. Coffee with Jerzy, sitting on the patio of his bar, talking about life. We found about life in Zambrów and the history of the area. Being so close to the Russian border, the area was a frontline in WW2. Half the town’s population […]

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A Day In The Life

3296 km so far. 7am Wake up after the best sleep I’ve had since leaving Krakow several days ago. Actually feel refreshed and ready to cycle 100 km. Shower, breakfast, tea, pack, carry bags down several flights of stairs. 8am Realise we are about to bike 100 km. Take moment to psyche myself up. 8–10am […]

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Headlights In The Rain

3193 km so far. Today’s weather was another one of those days you love as a cyclist, but would loathe as a ‘normal’ tourist. It was overcast, unseasonably cool, and light rain fell for half the day, on and off as it pleased. This meant I didn’t have to change clothes once, and when the […]

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Communication Barriers

3113 km so far. The ladies having a very loud conversation in the hostel hallway from 6am to 7am really added a little sparkle to Stephen’s morning. I was wearing earplugs so I missed the whole thing, but it reminded me of that campground in Croatia when the maids stood outside our tent arguing at […]

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Three Is A Magic Number

3029 km so far. Today was the end of our third month on the road, our third day since getting back on the bikes, and today we rode our 3,000th kilometre!! Hills, Dirt, And Flats When we left Kielce this morning we were happy to find a bike path that led us along the river […]

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A Very Uneventful Day

2942 km so far. Today’s ride was mostly along the highway, which sounds like it might be bad, but actually we enjoyed it. Highway 7 is a wide road in excellent condition, with a huge shoulder that left us feeling well removed from the cars and trucks using the route. As is usual on the […]

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Movin’ On

2872 km so far. And we’re off! Finally back on the road and it feels good. Despite the list of errands to run today, the rain to run from, and the busy road to ride on, today is a good day. It sure is nice to be back on the road, heading north towards Tallinn, […]

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Loose Ends And Old Friends

For the last few mornings I’ve woken up around 6:30 am. This is pretty early for me, and I think it means that I’ve finally caught up on my sleep. Except that doesn’t explain why I’m still so darn tired! Since I couldn’t sleep, I forced myself out of bed and did a slow asana […]

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Back To Kraków

Last night when we got home from dinner, Anna presented me with a death certificate for my great-grandmother. This was a breakthrough as it contained the official Polish spelling of my great-grandfather’s surname, which we always knew was slightly different from how we spell it. It turns out the Polish spelling of my name is […]

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Reverence

I had a big decision this morning. Option 1: Wake up early, climb in a sub-compact car with four other adults, and drive 2 hours to get to Sanok, a town where the regional birth, death, and marriage archives are located. Option 2: Lounge around all day, with the apartment to myself, eating, drinking, and […]

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