Szlakiem Orlich Gniazd Day 2

By Artur Ciesielski | Adventure

The day started out early and pretty awesome. I left the room at 7:30 am. The streets were quiet and empty, the town still asleep or at least just getting ready for the day.

The first photo is just a few pedals outside the town on the road to the next destination. It rained during the night. The streets were still wet and the sky overcast. There was a wonderful fresh smell in the air: moisture, leaves, trunks, grass, dry brush. It was nice.

About an hour into the ride it started raining. I just went on to one of the off road trails and took refuge under a massive green tree with large leaves hoping that the the rain would calm down and the water droplets would not reach me as they tumbled down leaf by leaf before I left.

When it calmed down I left, covered in a cap and rain jacket. It was a slow wet ride for the next two hours before the clouds broke loose and the sky began to show its bright blue face.

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Castle One: Smolen

This one is a bit rough around the edges and inside.

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Look on the stairs. There is a dog coming down them. I first thought there was someone with her. She came down and went into one of the other rooms. I went up to take a look and there was no one on the stairs, on top or in any of the other rooms.

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For a while this beautiful dog disappeared, then I saw her peaking at me through one of the passage ways. I think this was one of my favorite moments of the day. I’m not sure if she made the castle her home or she lives some where else, but even as I traversed the castle walls back down to fetch my bike she followed me, until I rode away. I tried to pet her, but she was scared.

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Castel Two: Ogrodzieniec.

This massive castle was a treat to see, especially empty as it was. It was obvious that this is a hot spot for tourism with all the bars, restaurants, shops, a scare ┬áhouse, activities and museum. It’s Tuesday and the off season. Just a hand full of people were wandering around the stairs inside.

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I had nothing to eat since yesterday morning except a yoghurt in the evening and a kefir in the morning. I was feeling it. The few restaurants around did not instill trust in me. When there is no turnaround in food I have a concern about freshness, so instead of taking a chance I bought Paprykarz Szczecinski, a roll of bread and 0% alcohol Radler beer. The combo was really good. A lunch from the old days.

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I don’t know what’s up with the straw dolls here, but here were many in 3 separate towns. The church has it’s roots as far back as the twelfth century.

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Castle Three: Bobolice

As you can see by the photo below, Bobolice has been rebuilt. It’s in private hands. It looks rather spectacular and if they re-built it like they are conserving Mirow the job was down right.

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Castle Four: Mirow

There is no access to the inside of this castle right now. It’s being conserved and somewhat restored as even recently parts of the wall fell.

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Mirow round 2

I was long gone from Mirow when I found myself there again.

2 hours later I was only thinking of finding a place to sleep: it was getting dark and some ominous clouds foretold rain. It was only as I approached the town that I recognized a home I passed.

None the less and despite the fact that I’ll be traversing the trails again tomorrow I enjoyed my extra long stay in Mirow. I got to see the sunset after wandering around the hills and rock formations with some magnificent views on each side and I finally ate something substantial in local Zajazd: the food was probably frozen, not fresh, but it was still good: pierogi ruskie and a beer followed by a watered down cappuccino.

I did forget to put on the sun screen lotion so the selfie below shows me at the end of the day, a bit scalded by the sun.

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