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Last evening in europe – let’s go to Russia! 

Cycling day 12/13 62/65 km

Starting in the small town knowing that there were only about 60 km to go I took my time and visited a small local museum – already in the now everyday used ‘full rain and cold outfit’.

And likely the most days the morning was a little bit sunny – but within an hour or so you had the full service of dark clouds, chilly wind and some rain… 

So after having a cup of coffee in a small bakery I went on – but this day was really special! The strong wind came from the site and some times from the front so heavily that I couldn’t go on cycling and had to take a break in a bus stop shelter. 

So in the end I was really happy to reach my hostel where I could cook myself a meal. To my surprise the owners invited me to join the russian sauna but than I couldn’t cycle the next day. I felt into my bed and fall asleep immediately…

Today I woke up and there was sun again – but today it should shine nearly the whole day – unbelievable! 10 Degrees C!

So after only a few kilometres I had an outstanding view over the Baltic Sea. 

Visiting Sillamäe to get some coffee two guys from Oslo were crossing my way and we talked a lot about our trips and their way around the Baltic Sea Coast – a marvellous trip! 

Coming along historic places where many soldiers lost their lives I’ve seen many monuments of russian and german forces of the Second World War…. 

So in the end I’ve been arriving in Narwa where the estonian-russian border is situated. As I’ve been walking along the streets I’ve heard some music – and there was a festival with several local groups in front of the castle of Narwa – what a great last evening in europe… 

So tomorrow I’m going to cross the border to Russia and cycle to my next hostel which is about only 42 km.

Next day there will be 95 km to Peterhof on about 40 km with heavy traffic and afterwards older streets with many holes. From Peterhof to St Petersburg I’m going to take a train which will bring me right into to centre of this huge city where I’m going to carry my recumbent bike in the fifth floor to my hostel. 

Looking forward to this final adventure of this trip – next pics from St Petersburg… 


Just 7 weeks to jump into a new adventure!

And here we go again…I´ve got less than 2 months to leave to set off to the Baltic Sea!
This trip is definitely unique – I´ve started my preparations already last September and week by week another part of the puzzle comes along.

So – as you already know – my tent arrived at my home. I decided to buy a new one as I had so many times to do a decision about wheather to camp or to go to a hostel because of the bad weather. With this tent it isn´t that big problem as I can store my trailer inside.

And also my Flevobike GreenMachine wanted to get its yearly maintenance – a special recumbentbike should go to a special bikeshop.
At mbf in Bad Endorf Norbert Henkel got a solution for (nearly) every kind of problem and has a wide range of any kind of special bikes – recumbents, trailers, ebikes – have a look!

mbf bikeshop in Bad Endorf – http://www.mbf-spezialrad.com

So perhaps you will ask yourself why this guy with the recumbent bike wants to visit the cold and windy Baltic States…When I left my hometown heading towards Rome last year I´ve met a cupple from Lithuania. They recommended me the roundtrip through Latvia and Estonia called “LatEst” – but unfortunately half of the way is on gravel. This is not possible with a recumbent – so I had to search for another trip.

In the end I found a long-distance cyclepath called “EuroRoute R 1” starting from Calais visiting Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia and finally the 3 Baltic States Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Another 173 km lead you to St. Petersburg visiting Russia again.

So on the Monday evening I´m going to take the NightJet from Munich to Hamburg and further on to Kiel where I will have only a short look into the town.
I jump on the ferry in the afternoon and will arrive in Klaipeda/Lithuania where I set off to my cycletrip the next day. First I´d like to visit the Oceanic Museum of Lithuania.
I´m going to explore on a perfect cyclepath the Curonian Spit, a curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast.
Camping in Nida I´ll cycle the same way back on the next day heading towards the border
of Latvia.

Highlights of this part of the journey will be Liepaja on the west-coast, crossing the country visiting Kuldiga and Tukums. In the old town of Riga I´m going to stay on a camping for two nights to have closer look to this marvellous city.
Leaving Riga by train to get into the Gauja Nationalparc the main cities will be Sigulda and
Césis where you can find a beautiful nature.

Crossing the next border at Valga I´m entering Estonia where my cyclepath will lead me to the Lake Peipus – devided through the border of Estonia and Russia.
Getting there I will visit Tartu, a big city where students celebrate their lives. The ancient town is also very famous – of course I won´t miss it.
On the west coast of the lake you meet a group of people who live a very rural live.

The last border – via cycling – will be in Narwa where I´m going to enter Russia.
Here the cyclepath has to be build – but there are some alternatives on smaller roads
to get to Peterhof with its famous castle and finally – St. Petersburg!

I´ve booked 4 nights in this outstanding city where I´d like to visit the highlights like for instance the Eremitage. As far as my travelbook tells me this visit could be much longer but in the end every holiday has an end.

So on a friday I´ll take an over-night ferry to Helsinki and another one will take me back to Travemünde/Germany. Having a last night in the youthhostel the train is going to bring me back to my hometown.

This will be my biggest adventure which I´ve made till now – looking forward to it!