Doug & Janice's World Tour Poland Journal


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    June 26, 2009
    Greetings from Poland. "The coldest Winter I ever spent was a Summer in Poland". We are biking with our group that we did part of China with, and having great fun. There are about 20 of us. The group will grow to nearly 70 when we get to Ukraine. The Crimea may never be the same. Check them out on www.bicycle.lt It's been rainy and windy here, but we're still having a blast cruising through the countryside, and trying to learn a bit of Polska language. We stayed in an old castle in Torun Poland,it's a beautiful old city with great Gothic architecture that was not damaged in WWII. Also it is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus and his likeness is all over the place.
    The farmland is beautiful here, it's a lot like Germany but not nearly as expensive. Food is good and roads are smooth - what more could a biker want?


    July 5, 2009
    Hello from Lithuania. We've completed a 2000 kilometer bike ride from Quinlendburg, Germany, where a document first mentioned the country Lithuania in the year 1009, to Vilnius LT. As part of the 1000 year celebration. We've met polititions, had free food and beer, and Janice was interviewed for TV news. The cold has given way to insects, so at times we've been riding very fast, maybe getting in better shape. We're having great fun, and heading to Odessa, Ukraine for our next 6 weeks for a ride through the Crimea.


    July 8, 2009
    We are in Warsaw. Just got off an overnight bus from Lithuania. Umm, so far, this city looks like New Jersey. We're splurging for an upscale Novotel in city center. It was cheap for one of these, but given what the city looks like at 6 am, it may not be a big bargain.


    July 9,2009
    Back in Poland. 3 days in Warsaw before taking a bus, with our bike group to Odessa, Ukraine. North Eastern Europe has been fun, and a challenging at times. The twilight here is lasting until Midnight, and sun up starts at around 3 am. There are castles and ornate old churches everywhere, and as every town should have, a memorial to Frank Zappa. ...and few tourists. It seems that we've had the place to ourselves for the past 6 weeks. We're still having more fun than anyone deserves to have.