Today i left Rancho and headed to the Woodstock - the biggest festival in the Europe. 400km in 7 hours. Doesn't look like a good pace, but that's what you get when there is no highways on your way. Nothing special happened during the road, except small traffic jam on the entrance to the festival. At the beginning of the jam, gps was saying that I still have to go 8km to my destination point, which was moto parking at woodstock. It was another time, when i was happy to have a bike and not a car: i made through the jam in 15 minutes. Next there was bike parking. On the map it was titled as "moto alley", so i thought it will be something like a normal parking for 20-30 cars, where you can fit about 50 bikes. Well, i'm pretty sure that i will not be far from the truth if i say that there were 500 bikes. Although you should pay 40zl (12$) from a driver and 30zl (10$) for a passenger, i think it's pretty good price for safety of you bike and your things. There are special people who direct you, help with parking and even give you empty beer can for your bike: you place it under bike stand to make it more stable and not to go deep in the ground. After parking you should go to the registration, where you must show docs for the bike, pay your fee and get an arm stripe with bike's registration number. This stripe is checked when you try to get to your bike. I wonder if this stripe will survive these two days... What is interesting - all bike stuff was organized by "Boanerges Polska" and moto community for disabled people - they were also giving free "motocyclist bibles" to everyone.
Another good thing about moto parking is that i was able to leave my laptop and documents in my bike (i try to carry them outside from saddlebags). I removed my tent, sleeping bag, and other camping stuff and i got one empty seddlebag where i managed to place laptop, moto wear and all other thing i don't want to carry with me during the festival. So now i can freely leave my tent and worry only about stuff that i have with me, like bike keys, cameras and the phone.
Also i have to say big thanks to Anton for his wonderful helmet lock solution. And i'm very glad that we made two of them: one i used to lock my helmet on the bike, and with second one i've secured my moto jacket.
The festival itself, it's huge! It's really huge. AFAIK it's biggest festival in europe. This time there were about one million people. You start to realize the value of this number when you try to find a place for your tent. I have a small tent for one person, so i can fit it almost anywhere, and even though, i had to spend almost half an hour to find some peace of land that i can use so that no one will fall on me at night or try to go to the toilet next to me.
I arrived almost at 8pm, it was still bright outside so i was able to take some pictures and figure out what's going on here. Also i was waiting for a friend of mine. She was hitchhiking here so it took her a bit longer (specially, taking in account that jam i've mentioned earlier). She arrived at 10pm and at 11 we figured out that we're unable to find one another int this crowd, so we decided that i place my tent somewhere and we will try to find ourselves tomorrow.
After successful tent deployment i moved to the main stage to get some feeling of the music and the crowd, and now i'm laying in my tent after slamming right next to the stage. It's 2am and i wish i can sleep a bit longer tomorrow.