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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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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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AMERICAN’S IN SLOVENIA: 3 WEEKS OF HIKING, BIKING, EATING & LAUGHING

 

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My good friend David (aka Chops) visited for 3 weeks from America.  We rented a car, loaded up the bikes and explored the hidden Gems of Slovenia, while visiting friends.
We started in Tolmin and stayed at Camp Vili,  Little did I know this would turn into the Ping Pong Tour Championship of Slovenia.
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KAMFEST & VELENJE is “BEST BEACH IN SLOVENIA”

I was bike touring around Slovenia, with Stanley from France, a few years ago.  We stumbled into Kamniks Festival-KamFest.  They filled the old town with high quality crafts, chopper bicycle show, food, music and “FREE BEER” from Mali Grad Brewery.  I biked back last week, to re-live this great event.

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THE RAISED & SEPARATED BIKE PATH MAKE PARTS A SAFE-ENJOYABLE RIDE.

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