Poland postcard and notes
Poland pictures. Some postcards with enough scribbled to count as an update too. Not mentioned is how small the continent feels. It seems only a very short while ago that I was on the Aegean coast and now I am looking ahead for a route to the Baltic (a route that bypasses the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad).
Without a GPS track to follow you wouldn't know where to go... I've not seen any other cycle tourers for weeks. I'd suggest that a priority for the EuroVelo project would be making it possible for people to actually find the routes in a form that is easy to load into a smartphone and then follow... The routes are 95% great, so it just seems a shame that more people don't make use of them.
Sadly, wherever people drive, there is roadside junk. The problem here is not plastic so much as people. Changing plastic is probably easier than changing people, though we need to do both. I cannot think of good arguments not to impose a levy on the multinationals who package their products in slow-degrading plastic, that then ends up at roadsides / finds its way into rivers and the sea... It's screwed up to just accept that their profits come at the expense of the natural world.
Tomek and family. I met these guys when asking for permission to camp in the field opposite their house. As I was pitching Tomek came out with a big plate of food. The following day I hadn't got far before finding this green woodpecker with bad leg. Good luck Woody you are now in good hands!
I will also say that I have experienced a lot of kindness in Poland. Help is often not needed but the offer is welcome nonetheless - and a coffee is rarely declined.