Sidewalk Racing – A Short Travel Story

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low-angle sidewalk shot in a puddle of street in poznan poland

I’m over 6 feet tall, I have long legs, and I walk really fast. Because of this, I’m constantly passing other people on the street, and few other people ever pass me.

That is… until today, in Poznan, Poland, when a tall young man with short, brown hair and a long, pointed nose began passing me on my right-hand side. Not wanting to let him get ahead of me so easily, I picked up my pace.

After a moment or two the young man and I were walking side by side… step by step. It was kind of an awkward moment, so I looked over at the man and said, “You wanna race?”

A silent moment passed. I wasn’t sure if this guy spoke English or understood me at all. I was in Poland after all!

But then… all of a sudden… the man looked back over at me with a wicked little grin on his face and said, “Vith pleasah!” (With pleasure!)… and then we both took off running down the sidewalk like schoolchildren.


About Darren Alff

My goal as the Bicycle Touring Pro is to give you the confidence and inspiration you need to travel by bicycle anywhere in the world. I do all of the work on this website by myself. Since 2007, all of the articles, books, emails, interviews, photos, podcasts and videos have been created by me in my spare time. Thanks to the generous donations I receive from readers like you, I'm able to focus on creating regular, high-quality content; invest further in developing the website; and cover the costs related to my bicycle touring activities.

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