All roads may lead to Poland for the UEFA European soccer championships, but not all those travelling will be brave enough to get there in a camper van.
Yet this is the adventure being undertaken by a group of guys from Graignamanagh, who set out on their journey on Monday and are detailing their progress on their Facebook page, “Graig Boys on Tour 2012.”
“We’re just six lads from the sleepy town of Graignamanagh with some big ideas to follow our nation to and through the Euro 2012 competition,” reads the profile of the trip by Myles Doyle, Sean O’Brien, Mark Bolger, Alan Fenlon, David Behan and Brendan O’Brien.
“Beano, Bolger, O’Brien snr, O’Brien jnr, Fiddle and Myles are gonna keep the flag flying for Ireland and try and win at all the extracurricular activities such as Foreign Relations, Local Beverage Sampling, Local Food Sampling and of course a few Quiet Sing Songs in the campsite... Well in reality, it’s gonna get LOUD, it’s gonna be MENTAL, and could quite possibly, become HISTORY. Follow us on this rollercoaster as we, hopefully, will provide y’all with some laughs at our expense as well as a talking point... Let’s ROCK...”
They’ve also brought a four-person tent along for the three-week trip, in case the camper van becomes too close for comfort.
Speaking from Belgium yesterday (Tuesday), Mark reported that there were no major mishaps so far, despite having to drive on the right-hand side of the road through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany before reaching Poland. They did, however, post on Tuesday morning: “Just out of the tunnel, oh jaysus, everything is backward.”
And although Mark says his knowledge of Polish is “crap,” he isn’t too worried about understanding the locals when they arrive: “One of the lads was going out with a Polish girl, so he should be able to translate.”