Bicycle trip from Rzeszów to Baltic coast, Pl, … chapter 12, 16th August 2014 – good timing is essential

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For the first time during my trip I was to stay 2 days in the same place for Jędrzej agreed without hesitation for my a bit longer staying. I was in the heart of beautiful Mazury district and it would be a shame just to go through without visiting one or two unique places. With Jędrzej and his friends we were to make a mutual bike trip to Święta Lipka. I woke up early as usual and soon was ready to go but it wasn’t before noon that my new Spanish friends seemed to be at least starting thinking about getting ready for a ride. I phoned Jędrzej who spent night in other house and it turned out that our plans would change. So I resolved it’s high time to ride solo again if I want to see anything special that day.

I headed north and soon was surrounded by forest, lakes and meadows, the wievs were splendid. There was even a peacock on cobblestoned road, but unfortunately I didn’t succeed in persuading him to extend wings.

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On one of crossroads I noticed a nice sculpture of a knight.

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It was beginning to drizzle when I reached Święta Lipka, historic Marian sanctuary packed with German tourists. I was lucky I got there just before 15.30 because at that time a short organ concert started before wedding mass at 4 p.m. Old instrument has moving parts (angels, windmills, stars etc.) which made quite a show with solemn although sometimes also cheerful music.

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When I got back to bicycle I found funny view of a stork ready to go by bike. To leave no doubt – it wasn’t my bike.

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Next place I wanted to see was Reszel, old medieval town. Although one can easily see how much money is still needed to make it look neatly and to finish restoring, the old town impressed me with its authenticity. And I just love gothic architecture.

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The view from castle wondow is impressing.

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On my way back I met a hord of strange looking cows, probably ready for a severe Mazurian winter.

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Back in Mrągowo I was  lucky again to be just in time – the Spanish-Polish meal was almost ready and tasted delicious.

I had no other way out but to volunteer for dish washing.

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Bicycle trip from Rzeszów to Baltic coast, Pl, … chapter 11, 15th August 2014 – all ways lead to Mrągowo

DSC02776 There is popular Polish country song “Wszystkie dorgi prowadzą do Mrągowa” which means “All ways lead to Mrągowo” as that little town is Polish capital of country music with its country festival hosted every year over the The Czos Lake. That day I couldn’t help singing this song because Mrągowo was that day destination for me. I was singing rather sharp or flat I’m afraid, but it didn’t matter much to me since I was still riding solo. The day started with nutricious breakfast including delicious home-made honey. A few kilometers among fields and I was already in Giżycko, a little town surrounded by lakes. One of the most famous tourist attraction of the place is Boyen Prussian fortress. DSC02800 It originates from the middle of 19 century and one can easily spend there a whole day roaming in vast area and admiring the details of brick military architecture of passed Times (even if it is just a loo as shown below :). DSC02801 I spent there about 3 hours (I mean – not in the loo) although wish I had spent more but quite a long stage awaited me. I moved towards Ryn. There is a castle, it’s not very impressive from outside, but inside you can feel like a knight. DSC02829 After short break I hoisted myself onto metal horse and rode to Mrągowo stopping sometimes when I found the real ones. DSC02818DSC02825 In Mrągowo (after 77 km of the day) a nice surprise awaited me. Jędrzej, my WS host at that time had another guests, a couple from Spain, so he took us all and his Polish friends for a nice 20 km bike route in vicinity of Mrągowo. DSC02853   On one of last kilometers of this trip my derailleur broke and I found how lucky I was with my new WS friends who in no time repaired it so I could continue my riding without paying  visit to bicycle shop. DSC02847