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River Mill

During my last bike trip (over 52 km) I found a small building on the river Warta. It appeared to be an old river mill. I really like taking photos of the old building used for technical purposes. This one was really nice.

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This has been planned for a long time. Finally today the weather was great so I decided to go to the Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport. The nice journey was 90km long. I am a “spotter” now cause I took some nice pictures of the landing planes. Amazing experience!

Pojechałem dzisiaj na rowerku na Lotnisko Katowice-Pyrzowice. Wycieczka była planowana już od jakiegoś czasu, ale dopiero dzisiaj zbieg różnych okoliczności pozwolił na jej realizację. Cała wycieczka to 90km, ale jakoś nie odczułem tego specjalnie. Najgorsza jest droga czarnym szlakiem rowerowym między Siewierzem a Koziegłowami. Droga to chyba jakiś “wczesny Gierek”, ale nigdy nie łatany! Z górek trzeba zjeżdżać wolniej niż pod nie wjeżdżać, bo się rower chce rozpaść. Jakaś porażka.

Z pierwszego miejsca cyknąłem kilka fotek. Na początek był WizzAir z Bourgas. Potem jakiś nieplanowany samolot linii Small Planet Airlines 3 razy podchodził do lądowania i się podrywał, aby przejść na kolejne koło. Po 3 razie odszedł na inne lotnisko. Po tym doświadczeniu poszukałem innego miejsca i znalazłem piękny punkt obserwacyjny na podejściu. Samoloty jak na wyciągnięcie ręki! Udało się zrobić zdjęcie samolotowi linii WizzAir z Oslo. Niestety “Rzym” zaliczył jakieś makabryczne opóźnienie (sprawdziłem na tel. stronę przylotów). Lądował jak już wracałem i byłem w Siewierzu. Muszę jeszcze kiedyś się wybrać na lotnisko. Super doświadczenie. Zostałem “Spottersem”! Link do strony Spottersów lotniska w Pyrzowicach, a tam dobre rady jak się zachowywać przy ogrodzeniu.

Nordic Walking - StartI decided to take part in the Nordic Walking competition which took place not far away from my village. There were over 120 participants. The route wasn’t long – just 4.75 km and I managed to cover the distance in 37 m: 47 s. This was one of my best results ever but I couldn’t compete with the people who train Nordic Walking in some local clubs. What is more, the last time I was walking with the sticks was in June and than I started riding a bike (now over 1500 km in July and August). After the distance I wasn’t tired, cause I am rather fit, but the right muscles didn’t know how to work properly. (laughing). Maybe next time will be better. I have to train more!

Nordic Walking - Winners!

Polish Industry

This is what I saw while riding a bike (another 50km the day before yesterday, and 30km yesterday). It was a quite big factory which produced enamel utensils and also one of the most popular washing machines in Poland called “Frania“. This type of washing machine was owned by many families back in the times of communism. Now the factory doesn’t exist any more. It stopped the production 10 years ago (in 1992) and the buildings fell into decay. What a pity.

Tower

Today is a big day for me. Another 50 km in the morning but when I added that 50 km to the Endomondo contest which started on 30.06 it made 1026.33 km! That is a big success for me, because I’ve never imagined I could do it!

old waiting room

The railway infrastructure in Poland fails into decay. This is one of the examples: the building of the waiting room in a village of Żarki Letnisko. It is closed and I think they will finally decide to demolish the small building. Now the trains are modern and comfortable and you can buy the ticket on the train, so there is no need to keep those buildings which make the history of Polish railway system.

Infrastruktura kolejowa w Polsce popada w ruinę. Oto przykład: stary budynek poczekalni w miejscowości Żarki Letnisko. Został zamknięty kilka lat temu i myślę, że w końcu zdecydują się go zlikwidować. Obecnie mamy nowoczesne i komfortowe pociągi i pojawiła się możliwość zakupu biletu właśnie w pociągu więc nie ma potrzeby utrzymywania tych budynków, które tworzą historię kolejnictwa w Polsce.

Bocian

I also met the stork. It was looking for food and was close to the road, but run away when I was preparing out the camera.

Spotkałem dzisiaj bociana. Szukał sobie jedzenia w pobliżu drogi, jednak zdążył uciec dalej kiedy przygotowywałem aparat.

Będusz

Today I was in Będusz. I saw a strange building. It looks like a castle, but it is probably (or it was) some kind of factory. I read that it was built in the beginning of the 20th century. What do you think about it? (Today 50 km)

half of the old house

This is a nice result. Over 500 km in only 12 days. I’ve never thought I’d manage!

Here are the pictures I took a few days ago. Most of them show old houses. Some of the houses are about 100 years old! I was talking to a man – I think this was the owner of the old house, but he was building a new one just behind the old one – and he told me that the house was over 90 years old and half of the house had collapsed a few years ago.

One of the photos below shows the blue building. It is a Sports Club “Eagle” – It is above the shop where they sell a lot of alcohol! A nice one!

To na prawdę niezły wynik. Ponad 500 km tylko w ciągu 12 dni. Nigdy nie myślałem, że może mi się to udać. Poniżej zdjęcia, które zrobiłem w ciągu ostatnich dni. Na większości widać stare domy. Niektóre z nich mają ponad 100 lat. Rozmawiałem (prawdopodobnie) z właścicielem placu, na którym był dom, który był w połowie zawalony. Ten dom ma ponad 90 lat! Na jednym ze zdjęć widać niebieski budynek kubu sportowego. Poniżej sprzedają sporo alkoholu ;-)

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My new album “Remaining Sounds” is already available on BandCamp (the Download version, we are still waiting for the physical goods!).

Here is a video I made for the track called “Remaining Motionless“. The clips were recorded in January 2011 and I wanted to use them for a different track, but now I think they fit amazingly well here!

Chapel in Woźniki

Yesterday I started exploring places I’ve never been before. They are not far from the place I live, but they are on the other side of the big road (not a motorway), called DK1. Maybe because of the road people who live on the east side of DK1 rarely go to the west side.

Yesterday I travelled 32.04 km and today another 50.31 km. I think it is quite a good result! As you can see, Poland is full of chapels and churches. Most of them are Roman Catholic. Some of the small chapels are adorable, but sometimes the parsonage is even bigger than the church! (check the sideshow where you can see one orange building which is a place where the priest lives!).

Pilgrimage in Poland

What is more, during the summer, even if you choose some small byroads you can wait in a traffic jam! And why? Because during the summer, especially around the city of Częstochowa, there are pilgrimages! Sometimes the pilgrims walk 500 km (or more!) to see the picture of Black Madonna and pray in front of it! This is something you cannot see in the other countries!

Koziegłowy (Goats' Heads)

Today I also visited Koziegłowy (the name of the town can be translated as “Goats’ Heads”), a nice small town which looks great! Thanks to the local businessmen who mostly produce artificial Christmas Trees for the whole world (and of course pay taxes), and the money which came from the EU they rebuilt the market. It looks pretty awesome!

More photos here:

Beautiful Wooden Bridge

This month was quite good. Yesterday I covered the distance of 25 km and today in the morning another 45 km. I found a beautiful old wooden bridge (which you can see above). Today I saw the landfill of the city of Częstochowa. It’s huge (the photos are below). And I passed our old steelworks.

Here are my results in June 2012:
Bike: 432.04 km
Walking: 38.48 km
Nordic Walking: 30.77 km