Poland - my adventures

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  1. wilq.bb

    wilq.bb Adventurer

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    Hi All

    I've notice that my country- Poland is not describe in this ADV forum. I read here a lot of RR about other countries, so today I've made decision. I'll share with You about my rides in Poland.

    I'm riding Honda Transalp XL600VM 91'. It's my first motorbike (year 2013 was the first motorbike season for me) - 15k km was made :D

    On the begging some photos from Poland:

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    Early spring in Beskidy Mountains

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    Salmopol Pass (also Beskid Mountains)

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    My as a guide near st. Wendelin Chapel (near my home)

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    Mazurian Lake District

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    Gravel highways (Podlasie Region)

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    Wooden Churches in Beskid Niski

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    Dukielska Pass and 3 TA

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    Beskid Zywiecki (just next to border with CZ and SK)

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    It's me and my TA also in Beskid Zywiecki.

    In next post I'll write about may adventures in Poland during 2013's season.
    Hope it will be interesting for You and maybe some day You will visit my beautiful country.
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  2. wecsoger

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    Thank you for your time and the images.

    Beautiful riding country
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  3. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Beautiful wooden churches. Thanks for the pictures.
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  4. wilq.bb

    wilq.bb Adventurer

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    There will be more pictures, more stories, and more Poland at all during next days.
    I suppose that PL is quite "exotic" country for You - as for eg. USA is exotic for me.
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  5. Latka303

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    Hey, looking for some pictures of polskiej wiosny coming soon.

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  6. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    That's one good looking bike you have.
    Nice photos keep them coming.

    Thanks
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  7. ardbeglily

    ardbeglily Been here awhile

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    Those wooden churches are beautiful.:clap
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  8. wilq.bb

    wilq.bb Adventurer

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    Let's start.

    The first photostory about season 2013 will be form...autumn 2012 :evil

    We will be riding in Beskid Makowski - area marked on map.

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    Story starts in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Monstery and land complex which is on UNESCO list. Some info about that famous place: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalwaria_Zebrzydowska_park


    Sunnny october sunday. So let's the fun start.
    I'm waiting for my friend Arthur and relaxing:

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    Of Course he was a bit late but finally, we are almost ready to ride.

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    I have roadbook, so I'm the first, but checkpoints are easy...to miss:D 1st- pass, second also we are riding on some tarmac and some gravel just great track, next points also passed. One of them we just didn't notice, but after 500m I notice that something is not OK. Turn round and we start real fun - riding on wet grass up on the steep hill. Of course we have meet with ground - I have no idea why in some spots gravitation is just stronger and You cannot keep bike in vertical orientation :rofl

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    After fight with grass and some mud our bikes were parked in "Alaska Stop"

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    As You can see we don't have proper tires - on my TA there was shinko e705, Artur has Anakee2 - both of us has almost finished tires.

    We are going in direction of Sucha Beskidzka and again it the mountains.
    Road is very steep, but in excellent condition:

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    After few km's tarmac finish and we are high (about 1000 m over sea level) on gravel roads, around us are meadows

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    Some spots are amazing - we stops to drink some tea, make some photos - just perfect day for riding

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    By the way we had to pass some brooks, one collapsed bridge - just have a fun.


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    You can see gray smog behind me - it's polluted air of Krakow (sadly).

    Our road finished on petrol station where we park a bit illegal:wink:

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    That the end of the first story...but it will be continue
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  9. akadvntr

    akadvntr Frozen

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    Nice bike and beautiful country :clap Looking forward to more of your story!
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    Oh yes!
    Subscribed. :*sip*
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  11. wecsoger

    wecsoger Adventurer

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    I have roadbook, so I'm the first, but checkpoints are easy...to miss

    Wait, what? Local traffic cops? Military?

    Pictures are cool. Terrain reminds me of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, or other areas foothills of the Appalachians.

    Well, with prettier buildings and less trailers. (grin)
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  12. wilq.bb

    wilq.bb Adventurer

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    Here we have small misunderstand :rofl

    We use roadbook like this - with checkpoints
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    Our country is free of solder checkpoints etc. Usually You may be stopped by the Police for over speeding :evil
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  13. wilq.bb

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    During the winter You can not ride - it's cold, snow on the roads...just unfavorable condition to do it safe.

    All polish bikers are waiting for the spring, but some of them star riding a bit earlier. I've started season 2013 in Easter Saturday. In Polish tradition is a day when people go to church with small baskets of food, to get blessing.
    In that special baskets You can find eggs (symbol of Easter), salt, bread, sausages, ham, some cakes.
    When one is going to church, other is going to take a short ride :evil

    My ride will be around Bielsko - Biala, place where I spent my childhood.

    Bielsko is between two mountain ranges - Beskid Maly on the east, and Beskid Slaski on the west, so there is not bad place to go skiing. My first stop is under Debowiec (mountain) Ski Arena:

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    Then I ride in west direction, sometimes I stop to shot photo:

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    My final point is Jaworze. Village known as spa, with special micro climate, perfect for people who has problems with lungs and bronchi.

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    I ride to the end of legal roads, to the place where wood is collected from forest

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    Finally I visit Maurycy Jan Nepomucen Hrabia Saint-Genois d`Anneausourt - man who place and funded Jaworze as spa.

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    For sunday I also have plans, but the weather make "small" joke - during the night there was snowstorm. One photo of my garden:

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    In normal conditions I can pass by cargo van (Renault Master) without even touching the branch of that trees.

    Story will be continued.
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  14. wilq.bb

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    Next ride, next story, next photos.

    Short spring trip. Group of 5 TA meet in Pszczyna, after they follow me to abandoned military base. There are still some bunkers, building and nice paths in forest.

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    All TA still clear - no mud yet.

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    We are on the roof of command center

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    We made exploration inside - there is also a geocache :D

    After that we are gong to Pszczyna - place know from place, park complex and farm of Żubr. Żubr is polish cousin of US bison. We made some photos with his monument.

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    after that we ride to the Łąka Lake. Łąka in polish mean meadow in 80's of XX century they build dam, and some territory of meadows was flooded.

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    Because weather going to be better we decided to go to the mountains. There are some nice passes in nearby - we choose Salmopol pass

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    After that we drink hot tea in regional inn.

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    Andy very happy we ride home.

    Thank You for today attention.
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  15. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Love seeing what's happening in the world way away from me. Thanks for the time and work to share your country with us. :clap:clap:clap
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  16. Ack535

    Ack535 Been here awhile

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    Dziękuję za dzielenie!

    No I can't speak or write Polish. I used Google Translate!
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  17. wilq.bb

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    Believe me - I can see it, because it's almost polish :evil but very nice any way.

    Let's go back to RR.
    Next story will be divided into few parts. This time we will be riding in NE nad E part of Poland.
    In June 2013 in Kal near Wegorzewo Transalp Club Poland made a big (ca 300 riders) meeting.

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    "Hania" (it's mean Hanna - it's name of my TA) and my tent.

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    Campsite in Kal

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    Calm water in the morning - I just like that photo.

    After breakfast had chance to ride around Mazurian Lake District - there was touristic route, off road route and navigation rally. Of course I've started in the last one with friend from Warsaw (we have already started together in that kind of competition during Magar Transalp Rally (Hungary)). Organisers prepare not only very nice track but also some competition btw :evil

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    Like this, other was shooting to the target in abandoned mill etc.
    We have reach the finish line:
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    and had a great party.
    As is in our (TA club) tradition group photo was made (I put link beause it's panoramical photo)
    http://www.transalpclub.pl/danetcp/impryKlubowe/2013Kal/TCP-Kal-01.jpg

    as You can see - there were people not only from PL, but also from Germany, Sweden, Norway and I'm not sure but probably from Hungary - just everybody is welcome.

    Sudany welcome us with the rain but about 10 am weather start to be better - it's high time to start my long way back (4 days) home - You can make it in 1 day but I want to see some places, and just have a nice ride.

    First day I was riding with other TA 650.
    We visit Gizycko with unique turning bridge in addition its powered by human force:
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    Here You can see how it's work (film is not mine I just link to YT):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq8N_0Z_spQ

    In Gizycko is also very interesting fortress from 19th century - called Feste Boyen

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    There is museum inside, but I don't have photos.

    From Gizycko we went to Wilczy Szanice (Wolfsschanze) - the headquarter of Adolf Hitler in years 1941-1944. The place where attempt to kill him took place.

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    It's the place where bomb exploded.

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    Buildings hidden in forest.

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    Collapsed wall - pleas notice thickness of concrete (more less 2 meters)!

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    Other bunkers - tour around all complex it's about 1,5-2 hours.

    Next place I relay want to see was Mazurian Canal - it's unfinished canal which in plans should connect Mazurian Lake District with Baltic Sea.

    By the way we saw windmill:
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    Teutonic Knights Castel:
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    Old Church:
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    Road in the wild meadows:
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    And finally the Canal appear:
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    I saw what I want - we ride east along Russina Border:
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    To famous in Poland - Stanczyki Bridge:
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    From Stanczyki we ride to see point where 3 countries Poland, Russia and Lithuania borders meet:
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    You cannot cross Russian border - in moment Russian solders will appear and You have to pay high ticket - even that photo is a bit illegal:evil

    5 km later we stop in Wizajny (it's village called polish pole of cold) in place called "U Pani Krysi" - it's agroturistic hostel with amazing regional food - if You go there ask for "Kartacze" yummmie.

    And map in the end - toady we were riding in that region:
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    It will be continued.
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  18. Czawaj

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    O witam witam!:D

    Fajne przygody, świetnie się ogląda i czyta!
    Oczywiście będę tu zaglądał!:D

    Pozdrowienia także z Krakowa:freaky

    Tomek
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  19. OldPete

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    What a healthy looking group in the linked photo. I'd be the guy on the left with a cast. :wink:

    Watched a couple of Stanczyki Bridge vids on utube. That is a very impressive piece of work for the early 20th century.

    Teutonic Knights were sent by the Vatican out of Germany(forgot the city) to convert the pagan Prussians.
    Deals were struck, conversions made.

    (Side note: My father's name was Norbert and he acted so holy my mother called him St. Norbert :lol3 )

    Looking forward to more. Thanks in advance. :thumb
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  20. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Poland - what a fascinating and tragic history you have!

    When I was serving with the US Marines we met some Poles serving in the Royal Marines. Their parents had flown their aircraft to Great Britain when the Nazis invaded, and continued to fight the Germans in the RAF. It was fascinating to hear their longing for their native Poland, even though all had been born in the UK.

    I had always hoped to visit someday when the Iron Curtain fell
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