The Trip Continues

Counting Our Blessings…In Many Ways

August 6, 2022 Today should really be broken down into two parts. Here’s a basic summary, followed by the details: In the morning, we got up from lying in bed, and took a three and a half hour tour of Auschwitz. In the afternoon, we got up from lying in the middle of the A4 […]

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Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

August 5, 2022 In addition to Zalipie, I had heard a great deal about Zakopane as a town that attracted tourists, so of course I put it on my list. The day before we headed there, I got the laptop out to make a list of things to see in Zakopane, and I encouraged Diana […]

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August 4, 2022 Zalipie has been on my “must-see” list for several years. Everyone talks about the “painted houses”, and the place is a very famous tourist attraction in Poland. It is sometimes referred to as “The Most Beautiful Village in Poland”. So we had set aside most of a day to wander the town […]

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Traversing Poland

August 2, 2022 I had hoped to ride some of the Trans Euro Trail in Poland, but unfortunately our route and the Trail were headed in opposite directions. We’ll definitely have to come back to Poland (for a lot of reasons), as our time this trip was limited. This was my second time to Poland, […]

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Into the Baltics III: Lithuania

July 31 – August 2, 2022 Did you know that at one time, the world’s second smallest country existed inside Lithuania? Me neither. Did you know that since 1997 there is an independent Republic in Lithuania that measures only 148 acres and has seven thousand inhabitants? Again, me neither. Part of the fun of traveling […]

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Into the Baltics II: Latvia

July 28-30, 2022 As we prepared to leave Saaremaa, we knew we had to backtrack more than 60 miles to get off the island and head south again. Looking at the map, it was just a stone’s throw to Ventspils, Latvia from Kuressaare, Saaremaa, if only there was a ferry. I did some research, and […]

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Into the Baltics: Estonia

July 25-28, 2022 A quick update to finish up Finland before launching into Estonia: We spent several days house-sitting in Espoo (pronounced Es-Bo), a suburb of Helsinki, while I did some maintenance on the bike and we caught up on paperwork at home. We had a great little Ragdoll kitten named Luna who was a […]

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Finland, and More of The People We Meet

July 21, 2022 Leaving Norway and entering Finland, the differences are very noticeable immediately. The two countries may share a border, but each has its’ own distinguishing beauty. While Norway has the fjords with the majestic mountains and waterfalls, Finland has much less elevation change. It is almost entirely forest, with small gentle rises of […]

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Nordkapp: If You Go

July 18, 2022 We are by no means experts on Nordkapp. We’ve been there, and we were really lucky to have the weather we did when we arrived. Looking back on our ride up through Norway, I thought I would share some observations that might help if someone else happens to find this post and […]

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July 15, 2022 Diana and I are not gregarious people. In fact, I only half-jokingly consider myself a bit of a hermit. So when it comes to meeting people, we usually aren’t the ones to just randomly strike up a conversation. That’s where our Texas license plate does all the work for us. Leaving Lofoten, […]

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