When I started to see hundreds of Lorries parked up on the side of the road, I knew there was a border crossing coming up. It was the Belarus border. No good to me as we need visas to get in there so back, I went heading north west to finally reach Poland.
The ride today has not been pleasurable, all straight roads, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 km/h speed limits, policed by speed cameras. Just to add to the delight lots of roadworks and lots of detours, and some very strong crosswinds.
When I got to the forest tonight to pitch the tent I was knackered.
Tomorrow, I continue west to make my way to Morocco.
Last night it rained again so I was forced to pack up my chair and head into the tent for the night. As the sun faded, the rain subsided. All was quiet, then I heard movement outside my tent, something had brushed up against it, then I heard more movement and in the distance shrieking noises!!!
I quickly looked up on google, what animals live in the forest in Poland. The answer; bears, wild boar, European wolf, Polish fox, deer, European Bison, wild hedgehog, European Elk!!!!!
Sometimes ignorance is bliss, I was hoping it was the wild hedgehog
In the morning I awoke and was pleased I hadn’t been eaten during the night. As I had that thought, light rain started. I ended packing up in the wet again.
I headed to Warsaw, the capital of Poland to try and buy an inflatable pillow, they are almost impossible to buy anywhere. I trolled the web and found a shop that had a lot of stock.
I arrived at the shop half an hour before opening time. I stood there dreaming of the comfort I would be experiencing tonight with my new pillow. Goodbye to my morning broken neck ha!
When the shop finally opened, I went in and asked the guy “where are the inflatable pillows?”, he said “we don’t have any”. I showed him the website with all the pillows, he said “we don’t have any “ So much for the dream.
I headed off and made my way west to Wrocław. Paid camping tonight.
I caught the tram into the old town in Wrocław.
Wrocław has a population of 674,000 making it Poland's third largest city. The city has been in existence for a thousand years. It’s known for being a university town with 130,000 students. As well as its old town it has a UNESCO World Heritage building called the Centennial Hall.
Yesterday at camp I was able to find a sink deep enough to fit my inflatable, or should I say deflatable camping pillow in to see where the leak was. It was on one of the inner seams. While I was in town, I was on a mission to find a small tube of silicone. I have the tube of silicone and I’ve done the repair, here’s hoping it’s done the job!
I left Wrocław and headed west into Germany on the A4.