DAY 1 ELBLAG TO TOLKMICKO, (where?) way the f out here. DAY 2 to PIENIEZNO

No nature left in Europe? You need to get out more often. North East Poland, sometimes thought of as the “forgotten” Poland, is natural and wild. NE Poland borders Lithuania, Belarus & Ukraine.

I brought food, first question? why? The citizens built the Green Velo route, hoping you’ll camp in their yard or eat in their restaurant. I don’t want to eat in my tent, I want to go out.

THE PHONE HOLDER IS GREAT

IT’S SUMMER FLOWER SEASON HERE

MANY HOUSES HAD THESE “GHOST” BIKES IN THEIR YARDS

PATH ALONG VISTULA LAGOON, SUPER NATURAL AREA

DAY 1 videos

DAY 2 TO PIENIEZNO

I stayed on the Green Velo route, but can see trying something different. Like Romania, the storks have giant nest everywhere.

LOTS OF BRICK BUILDINGS, SOME WITH NESTS

THESE ARE EVERYWHERE, I’VE SEEN 2 NESTING

FIELDS OF FLOWERS 💐

I STOPPED FOR A BREAK, THAT WAS THE BUSIEST BIKE/PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

BLUEBERRIES (my favorite) ARE IN SEASON

MAYBE SOME PATHS ARE OVERGROWN, MOST IS WELL MAINTAINED

SOME VIDEO FROM DAY 2

I’m feeling a little more confident, blogging using the phone.

I’m getting off the GREEN VELO tomorrow. Most roads in this part of Poland seem pretty car free.

Jeff

Next: Biking to Lidzbark Warminski

CLIMATE CONSCIOUS BIKE TRAVEL-POLAND

Finally found a window of free-time😃. I haven’t bike toured since Czech, last year! I wanted to ride Budapest to Belgrade, but the weather was too hot for me. So I chose Climate friendly Poland with average summer temperatures of 20-25.

I grabbed the train in Ljubljana to Vienna, arriving at 22, I stayed the night in Vienna.

Only bike on the train from Ljubljana

I’ve been to Vienna a couple times, so I tried to catch the early train to Gdańsk the next morning. Booked!, so I booked an evening Flix bus & 50€ cheaper!

So I had a full day to play in Vienna and I did. Went back to the hostel, stored my bike stuff and did some exploring. Of course I found the local beer festival 🍺. No garbage cans anywhere?, all the food was served with real dishes👍

VIENNA IS SUPER BIKE FRIENDLY

It’s a 14 hour bus ride to Gdańsk 😒

Gdańsk is the biggest city in Poland and has some awesome bike infrastructure. I rode to Sopot beach, making a giant loop ride out of it.

THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE GOES UP & DOWN EVERY 1/2 hour.

LOVE BIKE THEMED BUSINESS’S

THEY ADDED THE LEFT BIKE LANES, THE SHARED ONE WAS TOO PACKED

NICE COFFEE SET-UP

THE BIKE PATH ALONG THE BEACH

BEST BIKE RACKS EVER👍

THERE ARE SOME “HUGE” APARTMENT COMPLEXES

THE “OLD TOWN” IS BEAUTIFUL

I MET THE BREWER & SALESMAN, THEY SHOWED ME AROUND GDAŃSK

GDAŃSK IS HAVING A MONTH LONG PARTY IN TOWN

STUMBLED INTO THE ANTIQUE MARKET

MORE ANTIQUE MARKET

I COULDN’T DECIDE WHICH “ONE”

THERE ARE VEGAN RESTAURANTS EVERYWHERE GUGA SWEET & SPICY👍

LA GUITARRA HOSTEL, GOOD TIMES!

I don’t like riding out of big cities. The Green Velo route starts in Elblag, about 50km

from Gdańsk, so I take the train to start

This is my first attempt using my phone to make a blog post. It’s not as easy as using a real computer.

Hopefully it gets easier and faster

Next: Green Velo route with tons of nature

Jeff

BIKING IN PORTUGAL: PORTO, TAVIRA & LISBON

THE P STANDS FOR PORTUGAL

My friend Miguel from Tavira, is from Porto. He and many others have said “you must visit Porto.” So I found a “super hostel” just steps from the train station, THE BEST GUEST HOSTEL.
Everyone there was super helpful and friendly, the rooms were spotlessly clean & included breakfast!, 16 euro. I found a friendly & informative bicycle rental company, BICLAS & TRICLAS
and off I go.

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MOROCCO PART II: TIZNET, SIDI IFNI

Stanley moved and then the bus got packed at the next stop. He’s not happy.

I wanted to revisit Sidi-Ifni and Stanley had friends in Tiznet. So we took the bus. I forgot my jacket on the bus, it went on a 2,000km trip to Algeria and back. I was shocked I got it back. Moroccan’s are super honest & very hard working people. I never felt threaten or in fear, I had a really good time in Morocco this time.

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MOROCCO REVISITED PART I : MARRAKECH, TAROUDANT & TINWAINEN

The reason for the policeman photo is 6 years ago, I did photos with policeman in every country except Morocco, it’s forbidden. So I thought I would try again, yep-got it. Last time here I thought, Morocco was nice but I didn’t need to come back. This trip I was visiting my good biking friend Stanley, so a different experience, for sure! He bought a house about 5 years ago and invited me to visit.

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REVISITING BIKING ROUTES COLERA, SPAIN

 

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My friend Stanley from France has a house in Morocco and has invited me to visit.  If I’m going to go that far, I’ve got some people & places I want to visit along the way.
Bike touring brings you places you may not experience, otherwise. When I biked through Colera, Spain 5 years ago I was only going to stay 1 night. After setting up my tent, I biked into town, I was here 2 weeks. I met Nuria a local artist who had her signature ants walking the street.  Hiking, Biking, Beach walking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving & more can all be found in Colera.
(3 Photos from 5 years ago)
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Gardening with Nuria, (you can see why I came back)
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BIKING PRAGUE TO CESKY KRUMLOV

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I biked in the Czech Republic a couple years ago and thought it had some of the best signed & nearly carfree bicycle touring.  I tried to go this summer (2018), but there was too much stuff going on.  After volunteering at the Botanical Garden, I checked the weather in Prague, sunny for at least a week.  I was on the train the next day heading north to Prague with my bike.
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