Published: September 23rd 2007July 20th 2007
The road to Orszysz
Cobblestones and sandy paths make for an interesting ride...or rather push.
Great weather and a good road on the way to Mikolajki start the day off on the right note. After 31km on shady roads through the woods, we reach the tourist destination, full of German tourists once again.
After some ice cream in a cafe, we take a stroll along the beach promenade, trying to find a boat that will take us across the Sniadrwy-lake. The only one we find is a private motorboat company, who would charge us zloty 400 (that's about €100), an offer we gladly decline. So we'll take the bike for a change.
After a few wrong starts (getting out of the city on the right road isn't that easy), we find our way out. The road is off to a bad start - it's a sand track, but gets worse along the way. Extreme cobblestones and sand road alternate for the next 15km, as the road leads through a lovely woodland area - a great bikeride, if it wasn't for the fact that you have to push your bike most of the way. On the way, a group of cyclists passes us - their advantage is the lack of luggage, it's one of these
Dinner with a view
Dinner by the side of the road, next to a soldier's cemetary.
organised bike tours where a van drives your luggage for you. Not exactly our style of touring.
Once we reach Orszysz, it's time for another ice cream to reward us for getting here. I call Nadine, it feels good to hear her voice and see that is she is doing well. I stop by the post office to get send off some postcards, before we head on, have some dinner by the side of the road, and then find a lovely place to pitch the tent by the side of a meadow. A few cars pass and we're pretty visible, but nobody stops. Anyway, I've pretty much stopped worrying about anybody finding us after that night in the park in Kwidzyn.
Slowly, I drift off to sleep as the sun sets, and my legs appreciate a break after 90kms of riding today.
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