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Poland Day 1

12th June 2010 by Helen

Early start again after another uncomfortable night.  Stopped at a McDonalds for lunch.  Our first since leaving home (Paul’s first for about eight years).  Weather increasingly hot and humid at an average of 32 degrees C.  Pleased to find Poland and Germany have an open border and so just sailed through.  Quickly noticed the differences in the road services provisions.  Whilst the roads themselves were very good, there were fewer services although again this is a country that is sympathetic to the lorry driver.  Lots of small lay-bys along motorways and dual carriageways for impromptu car repairs, perhaps reflecting the apparently older age of the average car on the road.

Heading for Wroklaw we noticed a campsite sign, followed it and found the campsite has now closed down.  Sought directions to another campsite and found ourselves driving around somewhat lost until we were directed back to the first campsite.  There we met Artur Kuzma who led us in his car to a house that did B&B and when we explained we really wanted to camp led us to the house he is building for himself and let us camp in his back garden, giving us free access to water and a cold beer each.  Amazing kindness of strangers.  He spoke a little English and told us he is a fireman.  He also gave us directions to Auschwitz where we want to visit tomorrow.  Ended our day with our first outdoor shower and getting bitten alive by midges.  Wild camping in someone’s back garden is a little surreal.

Pushing on

12th June 2010 by Helen

Spent the morning at the campsite doing a bit of repacking.  Thought we’d had our kettle stolen but then found it a couple of days later.  Driving through Germany our impression is of a fantastic road network designed with the motorist, and especially the lorry driver, in mind.  Helen really struggling to get to grips with just the idea of driving on the wrong side of the road and completely disoriented by going round roundabouts the wrong way and not done any driving yet.   Not much in the way of campsites again and ended up sleeping in the cab again in one of the many lorry and car lay-bys along the motorway, just outside Zwickau.  Feel we’re rushing through a bit but we are very conscious of our deadlines regarding our Kazakhstan and Russian visas.

Onward into Germany

12th June 2010 by Helen
Early morning walk at Zoet water after leaving campsite

Early morning walk at Zoet water after leaving campsite

Early start as soon as the first of the genuine site campers left the site.  After a couple of hours driving we stopped off at an out of town shopping centre where we spent a couple of hours in the German equivalent of B&Q.  Massive store, very well laid out with plenty of choice.  A bit confused by the mix of imperial and metric measurements.  We thought Britain went metric because of our membership of Europe and that we are not allowed to use imperial measurements anymore.  After lunch a very frustrating afternoon driving round in circles trying to find a campsite where Paul could do some work on the car.  Eventually found a campsite in Diez, quite a bit south of our intended route.  Massive campsite, mostly Germans, decent facilities, not very expensive.  Nice to sleep lying down.