quarta-feira, 26 de agosto de 2015

Day 2 - Radom - Kielce - 87 km

Dear all,


I woke up quite early in the morning, well rested, and with no need of an alarm clock!

I settled with my host Karolina that she would wake up around 9AM so I had time to write the blog.

We shared a breakfast together, having some nice chat meanwhile.


We had a great meal and soon it was time to leave. As Karolina leaves in Northern part of Radom and I was heading South, we settled to meet in the center, as she would catch a bus to get there and I would cycle.

Bike packed and ready to roll, it was time to start the cycling day!

Leaving Karolina's flat

Navigation was really easy, all straight ahead towards Cetrum.

In front of a shopping mall I found a toolkit spot, and I really needed to tighten some screw on the bike, so it become a very handy spot on my way.

Toolkit point in Radom

I needed to wait a bit for Karolina, so I took some pictures of the city center:

Radom city center
Flowers on the balcony

I did not need to wait long till Karolina showed up in the city center.


Well, we went for a walk, up and down the main street, checking up some buildings, like the library, town hall, churches.. Interesting fact is that Radom region is famous for steel production. Due to that fact the city has quite a lot of steel balconies.

Steel balcony
Radom downtown
Peter Lamb and Karolina in Radom downtown

It was getting late, around lunch time, so it was time to hit the road. Karolina, thank you very much for the hospitality, for bringing up your friend Isa to join us for dinner, for the breakfast and for the visit to Radom city center. Cheers!

Navigation to get out of the city was not too difficult, i turned left and right for sometimes quite randomly, but the fact that Garmin device shows you the direction you are cycling helps quite a lot.

Radom cycling path

I reached the road 744, heading south and sometimes I was the only vehicle for some time.

Road 744
Empty road in the middle of nowhere

And, how about some selfies?

Peter lamb cycling in style
Peter lamb and the Polish countryside
Peter lamb

I have been told that there would be some hills on the way to Radom. But the weather was good. Sunny day, not much wind and quite warm. Very good to cycle!

Polish countryside
Polish countryside

I stopped several times. To be honest, legs were quite ok, but to sit on the bike for more than one hour, geeeee, it hurts! In one of those stops, I saw that there are some cycling routes in Poland. I have to find out some more information about it:

Bike routes in Poland

I got kind of lost in one of the cities (well, once more, I just did not follow the notes I have written before, but intuition and maybe some luck, led me to the place I was looking for: the lake, just at the outskirts of Skarzisko Kamienna.

Peter lamb by the lake
Peter lamb's bike

One girl stopped for a little chat, suggesting that if I have a tent I could stay in the camping in the next city, which is nice and by the lake. But I have a family waiting for me in Kielce and I do not want to let them down. Maybe one next time!

The route is just by the lake, quite pleasant!

Route by the lake
Simply beautiful

The route ends up being through the forest, with no tarmac but even though quite pleasent to ride.

Route through the forest

I ended up choosing the wrong path. There is a small road that goes to the other side of the lake, basically returning back but on the other shore. Anyway it was nice going there as the view is very nice.

At the end of the lake

From that point I focused more on the navigation and cycle, rather than on taking pictures, but I must tell that I had a great time on the downhills on the road just paralel to the main road that connects warsaw to krakow. It is a really pleasent road to ride.

Road towards Kielce
Tired Peter Lamb about 8km out of Kielce

I have sent a message to Artur, my host in Kielce around 2 hours before, saying that I should arrive to the city just around 20h00. I wanted to be sure that I would not be disturbing their family life, as they also have a young daughter. When I got to Kielce I had a message from Artur, stating his address and his phone number. Great, they did not let me down.

Finding their place was not difficult and they welcomed me very very well. Presentations done to his wife Asia and their daughter Kinga. What a girl full of energy!!

I just got them a small souvenir, a magnet from Lisbon and in exchange, i got a very comfy bed, a room for myself (I have slept on floors, attics, couches, mattresses... So a super nice room is great for a change!!) some warm shower that is always great after 87 km of cycling... On top of that they offered me soup and tea. What more can you ask? Well, it is great to experience this hospitality! Cheers guys!

We have been talking during the meal. They will be going to Iran for vacations. That sounds like a very good experience. Artur also gave me very good references about Georgia. It is on my list!!


Summary of the day:

  • Distance: 87km
  • Time cycling: 5h09m11s
  • Average speed:16,88 km/h
  • Top speed: 49,58km/h
  • Total climb: 544 meters
  • Total distance travelled so far: 195 km
  • Total time cycling: 11h42m06s

Once again, I could not import the files from Garmin device. I will update this post later...


That's all for now folks!





1 comentário:

  1. Pelas fotos que enviaste e pela tua descrição, este deve ter sido um trajecto formidável. Faço votos que o próximo seja tão bonito ou mais que este!!!
    Bjs. Papás