25 August 2016
Four homeless men and a priest have set out on a tractor-powered pilgrimage from Poland to France, inspired by another journey in director David Lynch’s 1999 film; “The Straight Story”.
The Polish men planned to ride their mini-tractors, with trailers at a top speed of 15 km/hour all the way from the southern Polish town of Jaworzno to the basilica of St Therese in Lisieux, France.
The 1,700km (1,000 miles) trek was meant to mirror the film, which tells the story of an elderly man’s journey on a lawn mower tractor from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit his sick brother.
The Polish men, accompanied by the priest, who runs their homeless centre, said they wanted to prove themselves after battling with addiction and exclusion.
“While we have this time on earth, this is a time for reflection and this is what the movie is about,” one of the men, Jacek Baczynski, said.
“The most important thing for me in this pilgrimage is to be there and pray to be with family, people, for good relations, for love, for honesty, and for meetings,” another pilgrim, Kazimierz Lara, added.