Welcome in Russia 

Cycling day 14/47 km

So today I’ve made my breakfast in the small hostel where kids were running around and the guys who drunk beer till about 1 o’clock in the morning were still sleeping. 

After buying some food I got a little bit nervous as I’ve read and heard stories of problems with cyclists crossing the border with big luggage. 

But – the estonian send me after a short conversation into the – empty – car lane I could use after that the safe pedestrian way to the russian authority. And – they were just smiling about my recumbent bike and after filling in the registration card (which didn’t exist anymore according to my travel agency!) I just went through – and here we are in RUSSIA! 

Here I’ve met a russian cyclist on his way to Talinn and we had an interesting conversation about where to cycle… 

So I went up to Iwangorod to look for an phone shop to get a sim card – and here we go.

Finally I started cycling at about 1 pm and the first stop was in the next big city called Kingisepp where I’ve visited an old church – and of course the next pics were taken with me by the locals who haven’t seen a recumbent bike yet.

After having lunch I jumped on the road – but now I’ve realized that the sunday traffic would be more than around midday – but it was okay and so many people greeted me with a smile – which I haven’t experienced by far in the other three countries. Sometimes the people even looked at you when you’ve asked a question. 

Finally I’ve finished my cycling day in Gurlewo where I’m going to spend the night in a small hostel which belongs to a filling station – but really nice, friendly english speaking people and good food 🍲!

By the way – I’ve just realized that tomorrow will be my LAST cycling day with around 95 km! I can’t believe it that this adventure – well, the cycling part – will be history tomorrow evening. 

Good night from Russia! 😀 

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