Truskavets to Czarna Gorna

Today we are leaving Ukraine. Our hotel does not offer breakfast so during our evening walk yesterday, we bought cookies and yoghurt drink to get the day started. Around 9AM we’re on the road. We stick to the main roads which means also more chance of running into some police, especially close to the border. The last big town we pass is Sambir, then it’s on to the Polish border.

 Main road out of Sambir
Main road out of Sambir

 

 Main road out of Sambir
Main road out of Sambir

we reach the border around 11.30AM and the procedure this time is a bit faster. While we wait we are ‘entertained’ by one of the border guards who keeps asking us for gifts and cigarettes. We don’t give in, but neither does he. In the end, he realizes that he will not get anything out of us, so he turns to Jo and asks him if we speak French. When we confirm that we do speak the language, he asks how to say “I love you”, so we tell him it’s “Je t’aime”. He turns around to pretty blonde girl sitting at the customs window and shouts “Je t’aime!” to her. She seems hardly impressed but he looks happy with his victory. We just have a laugh!

After about an hour, we pass the border and are clear to enter Poland. First stop is Ustrzyki Dolne for some lunch and cash. The moment we stop, we are approached by a bunch of women who try to sell sweets and alcohol. We politely decline but they keep asking. In fact, the more we decline and answer them, the more pursuasive they become. After a few minutes we see that also the locals are being hassled in the same way and they just ignore them. So we do the same and we hide into the first restaurant we come across. Turns out to be a pizza place. Good enough for us!

After lunch, we ride further into the southern Polish countryside. After one week of hotels in Ukraine we really hunker for a night in our tent again. So the plan is to do a loop through the mountains and look for a campsite along the way and then return there after the loop. The Polish countryside hits us by surprise. We never imagined it to be this beautiful and green! Around 3.30PM we stop for some coffee at a local biker bar in Czarna Gorna where we meet Krzysztof and Gosia for the first time. They are happy to give us some tips about the area and we are happy to take them on, so after a delicious coffee we set out in search of bison!

 Beautiful Polish countryside
Beautiful Polish countryside

 

 Beautiful Polish countryside
Beautiful Polish countryside

Thanks to the detailed description, we ride straight to the bison reserve. And we must admit, it looks impressive.

 This looks like a gate big enough to keep in bison
This looks like a gate big enough to keep in bison

 

 Big gate
Big gate

The animals are truly spectacular, although they look quite tame. Or they are just lazy…

 Bison
Bison

Next we follow Krzysztof’s advise on some nice twisty roads.

 Spectacular Polish countryside
Spectacular Polish countryside

 

 Jo
Jo

 

 Wooden bridge
Wooden bridge

 

 Jo passing the bridge
Jo passing the bridge

We didn’t spot anything that looked more welcoming than the biker place so we retrace our steps back to Czarna Gorna. A quick stop at the local shop for some dinner and breakfast tomorrow, and we are ready to put up our tent.

 The bar
The bar

 

 Our camp in the morning sunshine
Our camp in the morning sunshine

 

 The bar is quite unusual
The bar is quite unusual

 

 Creative use of old tyres
Creative use of old tyres

 

 Polish map with all visitors
Polish map with all visitors

 

 We were there too!
We were there too!

 

 Original seating area
Original seating area

 

 a lot of others were here before us
a lot of others were here before us

 

 some famous visitors
some famous visitors

 

 Offerings to the god of speed
Offerings to the god of speed

 

 Day 12 - June 17 - Route
Day 12 – June 17 – Route

 

 Day 12 - June 17 - Elevation plot
Day 12 – June 17 – Elevation plot
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dreamer – traveller – citizen of Enduristan

When I’m not out there discovering the world on my motorbike, you can find me crouched on the sofa dreaming of far away destinations in travel guides, blogs and maps.