Tour "From The Baltic To The Black Sea" Report - Vyzhinytsia, Ukraine 2 August 2005
John Dennis Clark III
The Ukraine Carparthia are known as the Black Hills. The rolling landscape
makes for excellent cycling with each village offering its own flavour of
beer, fold art, music and dress. Happening upon a wedding party, we were
invited in for the traditional toasting of the bride and groom along with
hords of food and drink. Leaving turned out to be the most difficult part as
one more was always demanded of our new-found hosts.
Some of the cycling group has left after we cliimbed the highest peak in
Ukraine. We are now riding out of the mountains along valleys of fantastic
scenery next to a rushing river from yesterday's rain.
We find the roads to be reasonable. Again having to share with various
wandering animals, village cyclists, hay wagons and a mix of the
Prices are cheap. A Pepsi is twice as expenive as beer. It is cheaper to buy
in a restaurant than to buy and prepare our own dinner. We are satisfied
with the service, the products, and the friendlyness of the people. Stories
of aggressive people have come to naught as everyone has offered assistance
and hospitality at all times.
We are all impressed with Ukraine and can see the country becoming one of
the great tourist places.