Day 1 of Cycling The Szlak Orlich Gniazd

By Artur Ciesielski | Challanges

It’s about 6pm. I’ve had 5 beers and 3 bottles of water, that is 4 liters of liquid, not one pee. It all evaporated or soaked into t0 my clothes. I left the house at 9:45, got to the starting point 10 kilometers later and set off at 10:30. Now some 100 kilometers later I’m some rental room in Golczowice near Ogrodzieniec.

I did not expect this to be difficult, but it was and before I got a chance to hit the bed and another beer I felt wasted: really tired. Let me tell you the riding is not easy. It’s all up and down with lots of rough country roads that one is better to walk than ride, forest roads with sand which is a pain to ride in if it can be done and at times dangerous if you hit a patch while speeding down the occasional hill.

So far I saw the castles Ojcow, Pieskowa Skala and Rabsztyn.

I guess I did not take too many photos. It was a hard ride. I took the trail for hikers, not cyclists which is supposed to be more beautiful than the cycling route, but certainly more difficult to traverse.

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Below, Ojcowski Park Narodowy, a place I will definitely come back.

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This little chapel below was built over the water because it was forbidden to build a church on land.

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Me, still early in the trip with only a new hair style.
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As nice as this trail looks it was the biggest hurdle so far, longer and worse than the forthcoming trails of sand. It’s defiantly for walking not riding.

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And of course for your enjoyment the trails of sand. In hindsight, it’s not so bad.

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