Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,630

    Poland Slovakia Day 1

    Three friends and I booked a week off to tour in Eastern Europe. We intended to fly from London to Krakow, ride south to Zakopane, into Slovakia in the High Tatras and back to Krakow in a circle. We planned 6 days of fast, light touring in a counterclockwise direction ranging from 70-130km per day. We booked the first and last night of accomodation in Krakow and were otherwise flexible.

    BA lost a bag which meant we lost a day of riding. After it arrived we took the bus from Krakow to Zakopane. Taking the bikes apart and stacking the frames and wheels on top of each other to lay in the bottom of a bus luggage compartment is not for those who are too precious about their bikes.

    Krakow's a great city to visit with a fantastic, and quite famous, central square.

    Day 1
    Poland Slovakia Day 1
    Day 2
    Poland Slovakia Day 2
    Day 3
    Poland Slovakia Day 3
    Day 4
    Poland Slovakia Day 4
    Day 5
    Poland Slovakia Day 5
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1841.jpg  
    Last edited by M.J.; 09-16-2006 at 10:35 PM.

  2. #2
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,630
    Zakopane is directly under the 2500m peaks of the High Tatras which lie on the Polish Slovakian border. The High Tatras, on both sides of the border, are winter and summer recreation destinations. Our first day of riding was to take us to 10-15 miles south of where we started in Zakopane - but there were 130km of road miles and lots of climbing to get around the mountains around the largest mountains which are about 20-40 square km of wilderness.

    These two shots are the nice roads and views getting out of Zakopane.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1858.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1860.jpg  

  3. #3
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,630

    Entering Slovakia

    on the western side of the Tatras

    at the border we produced our passports and rolled through without any problems or delay

    I managed this first of many pictures of working bicycles. This old woman was tending her field with a hoe and an old school singlespeed.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1865.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1866.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1868.jpg  

  4. #4
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,630
    Pat

    HH

    Pat, HH and DPV climbing up towards Zuberec
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1871.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1881.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1887.jpg  

  5. #5
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,630
    the high countryside opens up

    another working bicycle

    more climbing to get over the saddle

    nice roads
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1897.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1901.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1905.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1906.jpg  

  6. #6
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,630
    me and DPV at the top of the climb - looking down on Liptovska Mara

    we thought DPV's purple sweatband and untamed hair would help us blend in with the locals
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1911.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1912.jpg  

  7. #7
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,630
    at the bottom of the descent
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1917.jpg  

  8. #8
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,630
    climbing back north now into the High Tatras - we have 800 meters to climb over 35kms and we're running out of daylight - we eventually roll into Strbske Pleso (1350m) after dark
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1924.jpg   Poland Slovakia Day 1-dscn1929.jpg  

  9. #9
    MB1
    MB1 is offline
    Enjoying Post-Employment
    Reputation: MB1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    21,883
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

  10. #10
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    1

    Smile awesome tour

    made me smile re your tour
    thought you would like to see a similar tour me and some friends from ayrshire [scotland]
    did a couple of years back

    http://picasaweb.google.com/steve.ro...ndSlovakiaTour

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

INTERBIKE

Contest

Hot Deals See All Hot Deals >>

Interbike Featured Booths

Check out the hottest road bike products from these brands!



















See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »


Latest RoadBike Articles


Latest Videos

RoadbikeReview on Facebook