BEST WESTERN Palace Hotel Polom
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We were up and out of the hotel at 7:00 AM on our way to Krakow, Poland.
We crossed over the boarder into Slovakia, and stopped for a coffee break. Back on the bus we continued our journey, stopping for lunch around mid-day.Before leaving Slovakia for Poland, we stopped for a photo opportunity at the Orava Castle, which is situated on a high rock above the Orava River in the village of Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia.
It is considered to be one of ...
... again 5kms before Cadca, with no stopping until nightfall. I could have stopped in Cadca and spent the night there but I had to make more progress so I took the road leading to the polish border, and after another 15kms, in the town of Skalite, around 19:30, in the rain, started looking for a pension. I was completely drenched of course and even got full-body splashed with muddy water by a car passing ...
... which is the national road, the fastest and smoothest, but which can be quite unpleasant and actually unsafe if there is too much traffic. Or the adventurous way, the way of the paths, in the forest or alongside rivers... This choice comes back again and again when bicycle touring, it basically depends on whether the path itself, or the destination is the most important for you at that time. Well I had a bit of time and wanted ...
... in fact all wood carving, skilfully painted to resemble stone.
after the castle visit we go for a pizza. There is a huge thunderstorm so the planned short ride to find a local forest steam railway is abandoned. It's so beautiful here we just may be forced into staying another day. It's a hard life, but someone's got to do it!
The Penzion Pltnik is the starting point for the raft trips down the gorge. Raftsmen dressed in colourful jerkins and matching hats arrive early to get the craft shipshape.
When we saw these craft drawn up on the slip last night we both thought they looked highly dangerous. However when you lash five of the long narrow hulls together it's a different story.
It's not ...