Waiting for an old friend in Krakow
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
97Trip End Feb 02, 2011
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When we finally packed up and moved on, we had a rather uneventful day. In Warsaw, we got stuck in the worst peak-hour traffic. We were moving at close to one kilometre an hour, it was a total gridlock of cars, shuffling along so slowly. Worse then I have seen in Melbourne or anywhere else ever.
After sitting in the traffic for hours we finally shuffled up to a store called Decathlon, which is an outdoors megastore. Nina was getting very hot and we were getting very hungry so we pulled into the car-park. We also had in mind that this place may also have one of the big waterproof bags used on boats we wanted to put our sleeping bags in now we only had a beer crate on the back rather then a sealed box. The garbage bags we were using just weren't up to it, they were more like a net then a bag after only a few days use.
We found a very nice waterproof bag in the shop and then set up to cook some dinner in the car-park as the cars on the road crept along. By the time our leisurely dinner was over and we had washed up and packed everything all away the traffic was still moving pretty slowly but at least now making tolerable progress.
We rode late into the night last night, when Felix is feeling good he usually keeps riding and riding so sometimes we are still travelling in the early hours of the morning. He likes to ride on the empty roads as there is less pressure to ride fast. I always try to stay awake to keep Felix company when we’re riding but sometimes I just can’t keep my eyes open. Last night was one of those times and I woke up when Felix was doing a U turn to go back to turn into a forest path.
We rode down the path and there are two things I must note about this path. First is the amount of rubbish. It was unbelievable. Hundreds of bags of rubbish piled along the path like new mountains growing, TVs and other broken electrical appliances, parts of cars from when someone has stolen them, taken the good parts and dumped the worthless parts. I just can’t believe how much rubbish was in this forest. The second thing is how muddy and bumpy it was, which reminded me I wanted to write about some of the ‘off-roading’ we have been doing with Nina.
The first time was in Estonia (I think, maybe Latvia) and in our quest to find an alternative to the straight main road we tried to take a track marked on our maps as a road. All it was though was a muddy forest track. It had been used a few times by cars which had left very deep tire tracks and places were water was collecting making little lakes. Now add wet grass and some branches over the path. Nina did so well and Felix too, taking her down a good line. It was a little scary but lots of fun too slipping and sliding, bouncing and lunging down the track. When we came out Nina was covered in mud. Another time (in the dark) ‘navi’ told us to go down a road that was now closed. So we had to find an alternative way round. The way round was down another muddy, deeply rutted forest path. And now tonight, looking for a camping spot we have had another thrilling ride splashing through the mud and ducking under low branches.
We found a good spot, even though it was very, very wet from dew, in some deep grass. This morning when we woke up and look around in the light we found we had camped right among a huge amount of spiders who had spun their webs between the tall grass stalks and small trees.
By chance Felix had found out a friend from school was going to be in Krakow today. We weren’t planning to go right into Krakow but were going to pass close by. So we arranged to meet Marleena in the Hostel Deco. On the way into the city we got stuck in traffic again this time for road works and thankfully not for very long. We also got caught in a downpour of rain. The girl at the reception of the hostel is really nice and is letting us use the internet and wait in the common room. So while we wait for Marleena to return from visiting the museum we are using the internet and keeping dry.