Just Monkeying Around

Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
Trip End Jul 05, 2009

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Ginger Monkey Hostel

Flag of Slovakia  , Prešovský,
Thursday, June 25, 2009

We're having a rest day today at the most excellent Ginger Monkey. Our host is a Welsh eccentric of the first water, and there is a great bunch of travellers here. They went through about 80 bottles of beer between 3pm and early this morning, but everyone was very mellow and friendly. Most of the others are off climbing a mountain today, whereas we ... are not.

The clouds are back, although only a few spots of rain here and there (that reminds me ... I should check the washing on the line)

Lachlan walked the dog up the hillside behind the hostel then crashed in the lounge to do Brain Training, play Pokemon and watch movies, while I went out to explore some of the local trails I had spotted on the map. I rode back to the border then took a forestry road along the river that forms the border between Poland and Slovakia.

It was nice to have an unladen bike on my favorite kind of road (good gravel) and great scenery through the pine forest beside the river and overlooked by the peaks of the High Tatras sticking through the clouds here and there.

I was hoping to make it up to a series of lakes in an alpine col right below one of the highest ridges in the Tatras, but the curse of closed access roads extends even here, and I had to turn back after a bit of good-natured hand waving with some Forestry chaps. (See map)

I checked the local souvenier shop, but no stickers for the bike or tea towels. Sorry Sharon :)

Now for some lunch and a good relax (oh, and the washing)

Wish you were here.

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hanniebannie on

hullo sunshine ^_^
lol, lachlan brain-training... its too laaate your exams are gone! xD
*waves foam hand with 'Roy' on it* rooting for you!
is that how you spell it?
*trains brain*

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