Many many thanks to those that have
Arrival in Kraków
After 9 days riding the team have arrived in Kraków. They will now be joined by wives and girlfriends for a few days R&R before Dale, Keith and Linford embark on the cycle touring stage to Shanghai and on to Japan. 1000 miles down and 7000 miles to go.
Day 4: Saturday 15th June: Dortmund to Lüthorst
Day 4 route.
Roger, Carl and Dale working on a puncture
Coalmine in the Rhur region near Dortmund
No-one needs another Dale!
Dale, Cathal, Keith and Linford
Drinks waiting for them
And they seem to have sponsored drinks as well. Pity about the spelling!
Carl: cheer up mate. Legs hurting?
Keith and Dale
Carl, Keith and Dale
Cathal, Keith and Dale
Dales route planning goes awry as usual. Time for a spot of forest bathing and mindfulness.
Carl calling the kettle black by moaning about Cathal’s snoring
Dave posts in his photo of his new bike. Let’s hope you get to ride on it soon Dave. Day 5: Sunday 16th June: Luthorst to Querfurt
Day 5 route.
Dale, Dave, Keith, Carl, Roger, Linford and Cathal
Keith needs a coffee to stay awake
Keith, Dale, Linford, Carl and Cathal on a coffee break
Small market for a lunch stop
Linford, Cathal, Carl, Dale and Keith
Roger, Keith, Dale, Dave, Carl, Cathal and Linford
Carl and Cathal on the road
Day 6: Monday 17th June: Querfurt to Coswig
Day 6 route.
Roger, Dale, Cathal, Dave (getting jumped again), Keith, Carl and Linford
Roger and Linford (it appears Roger has just done the honours with the bum cream)
Dale, Cathal, an uncomfortable looking Dave and Keith
Cathal bouncing and ready to go
Keith has to drag Dave out of bed
Roger looking disappointed he’s not riding
Dave, sitting down on the job
Cathal, Linford, Carl and Dale and a roadside pitstop
Carl – so fast that he’s blurred
Back Row (L to R) Greg, Roger, Carl and Cathal, Front Row (L to R) Keith, Dale and manspreading Linford. We can only guess that Dave is asleep. And many thanks to Greg for stopping by.
Day 7: Tuesday 18th June: Coswig to Jelenia Gora
Day 7 route.
Roger, Carl, Dale and Linford take at the end of a long hot day
Dale appears to have had a scrape earlier in the day
On the road in Poland
Cathals tan lines show how hot the day was.
Day 8: Wednesday 19th June: Jelenia Gora to Krapkowice
Cathal, Linford, keith, Dale, Roger and Carl with a limp looking Dave in front. Ready for another long 120 mile day in the saddle.
Linford decides to switch to his Touring Bike after Road bike started playing up
Carl and Dale have time to remind Dave he should be working.
Pit stop in the middle of nowhere
Carl gets a wrestle on with Dave. No-one deserves this Dave.
Keith, Linford, Cathal and Dale look weary at another pitstop
Keith, Linford, Cathal and Dale try to think Carl is amusing.
Roger survives being shot.
Roger waits in the shade for the boys to tootle along.
Linford, Dale, Roger, Keith, Cathal and a shattered looking Carl deserve plenty of beers for a long hot day on the road.
Day 9: Thursday 20th June: Krapkowice to
Day 9 route
Ready for off on the last day
And they are off – in very smart Poland shirts too
Proper signalling on the road
Dave gets busted for speeding by the friendly Polish Police
Home from home as they pass some coalmines: hoped they stopped and thanked the Polish Miners for the help in 1985
Everyone appreciates Dale’s route finding abilities
How many punctures was it today?
A bit more forest bathing
The long & winding road
Not far now …
Chateau’d after a long day
Carl trying to find help
Finally a chance to enjoy a beer
It’s a wrap. Completion of the first leg to Krakow. Back row (l to r) Cathal, Roger and Dale, Front row (l to r) Carl, Keith and Linford. Good job team.