It supposed to be a beautiful weekend. Forecast said that it will be 18C (64F) and sunny! Perfect weather to enjoy on a motorcycle ‚Polish Golden Autumn’ in Bieszczady Mountains. Unfortunately fate was playing tricks on me, because one week before departure came cold front and instead of sunshine in the south of Poland we were waiting for snow. It’s supposed to be first meeting organized by me for Triumph Fans as part of the series called #TriumphAdventureClub. But it seemed that we will have to select snowmobiles instead of motorcycles due the weather. Most people who wanted to participate in the meeting got cold or was afraid that their will get it as soon as they jump on the bike in this ‚lovely’ weather. Only few people didn’t gave up and they were regularly checking the forecast, hoping that the weather will stabilizes… and it will be snowing but only at the arctic circle – not in Poland! I get used to such a fickle weather in Iceland. In a country where no one asks: „is it gonna rain?”, but only „when it’s gonna rain”?
Thankfully I heard from a few brave souls that if there won’t be a ‚white road’ they will come. I wasn’t sure if I would meet anybody at the hotel on Friday… but to my surprise few badasses came! We spent togheter great evening telling motorcycle stories. On Saturday at 10 everybody were sitting on their bikes ready to ride on and experience new adventure. I planned 250 km route for participants. I wanted to show them Bieszczady from a little diffrent perspective and I think I passed a test because the was s cheerful atmosphere. After few hairpins, I saw behind me in the motorcycle mirror only smiling faces. Riding through narrow roads, crossing the hills, we were riding along the San river. Leaning to the left and to the right, riding through winding roads. The colors of the trees that surrounded us, were hypnotising. Only view of snow-capped peaks arouse us from this blissful dream. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end… it was hard to part on Sunday. But I was happy because everybody were asking: „when’s the next trip?” so probably we will meet soon on the road!
Iwona, Paweł, Dariusz & Marek thank you for coming and creating great atmosphere! I promise I’ll organize few more trips to show you some cool neck of the woods in Poland !
It supposed to be an ordinary weekend… when I heard that I’ll get brand new Triumph Bonneville T120 I was so happy that I started to overlook maps. I decided to go to the Swietokrzyskie Mountains. ln less then 3 days I rode 900 km… searching for motorcycle routes.
I must admit that in Swietokrzyskie province you can find really nice roads! I can tell you (in a secret) that soon you’ll be able to come around and join me in my journeys!
Sleeping in a tent… being on my own… just motorcycle, me and the road! I make out – that was what I need!! Over the last few months I forgot how it is to live on the road. I forgot about all small things that matters. Sometimes you need to frozen to the marrow, get hit in your face by hundred flies to wake up and understand what’s important in life!
About the Bonneville… He catch attention everywhere… but that’s nothing new because this model makes people smile from decades! How it rides? The new T120 is like no Bonneville before it. All the modifications are noticeable! That bike has the power, suspension and breaking. The capacity was upsized from 865cc to a full 1200cc and you can feel it!! When you hear the bass sound and you accelerate the smile appears on your face! In fact, it feels like there’s even more torque than Triumph claims. The riding experience… you can’t cheat feelings if you know what I mean! Besides you know that I have fallen in love in that model while my Riding Across America trip! I’m pretty sure that thanks to the changes in new model there will be more and more Bonneville enthusiast.
Next chapter from – „The Subjective Adventure Motorcyclist Guide”
#2 Where to go?
This time I decided to talk a little bit about selecting the route… I’m pretty sure that all of you dream about different destinations in the world which you would like to see from the saddle of your motorbike. I need to confess that I’m dreaming about far away New Zealand, Kyrgyzstan, The British Isles and Alaska. Nevertheless, we can find routes or places close to our homes which will ‚blow your mind’ or make you smile ear to ear. Irregardless where you live!
Before I started to travel around the world… over ten years I was riding with my Father in the motorcycle club. Twice in the month we were going somewhere… discovering new necks of the woods in Poland. Few years ago when we started to count how many kilometers did we ride togheter it turned out that we traveled 100 000 km only in our country! As you can see appetite grows while riding. I did get much out of these journeys. First of all I understood, if you want to see the world avoid main roads! Give a wide berth from interstates & expressways… unless you want to see white or yellow line which divides lanes?! Start with exploring your own country. Rediscover it! Certainly more than once it will surprise you. I acquaint with Polish people who plan to visit Israel, Africa, South America… but when you ask them have you been in Kłodzka Valley or Bieszczady Mountains ( which are beautiful regions in Poland)? They answer: „Not yet!”
I don’t know how about you Guys but when I’m preparing for the next trip I try to plan route which I’ll be riding. That helps me not to skip the coolest places on the route and maximize time that I have for my journeys. Not to mention about the budget but I’ll talk about it another time. When I set up the tour it motivates me to keep going… there are times that I would love to stay in one place for ‚few’ more days but ‚someday’ I need to go back home. But as I find out while my adventures you can’t predict everything! You can throw your watch to the saddlebags and just chill out because real adventure starts when ‚fate’ starts to play with us and for example road have been washed out during a flash flood; closed because of snow storm or because tornado which passed the day before. I experienced all of this situations at first hand. You start to feel really nervous when you have to ride extra 200-300 km in the end of the day (amid the detour). In such a situation you need to calm down and ask yourself: „Why you’re doing it?” and „Can you shorten the route for today by changing your destination?” When you ‚have’ to reach certain place you just need to ride forward and enjoy it because you’re doing what you love, aren’t you? Schedule few extra breaks and you won’t feel in your bones 900 km ridden via local roads during the day! Read more
Today in Poland we have Father’s Day! I wish you all to spent more time with your family! Create memories that will last forever! Remember, as a wise man once said: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by every moment that takes your breath away.”
Dad! I love you!! Happy Father’s Day! ❤
In few minutes live in Polish Radio 24 😀
In this month’s Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine you can find interview with me made by legend (true inspiration) Nathan Millward. Thanks to this Guy (and his expedition) I decided to jump on small 125cc motorbike and make my first adventure in 2011. I fell honoured!!
Are you in The Kłodzko Valley or Wroclove? This weekend in Srebrnogórska Fortress you can take part in PodrRóżni Festival were you can meet lots of crazy travelers. Tomorrow at 12:15 I’ll show my pictures from Riding Across America trip.
Today.. passed away… my beloved, wonderful Grandmother. Thanks to her I’m riding motorcycle. Grandma! Thank you for gasoline in my veins.. for ‚motorcyclist gene’! Now you will jump once again on motorcycle with your sweetheart Johnny (who you missed so much) and I’m sure you will ride together many miles on heavenly roads. Thank you for everything!!