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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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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… 

Part Two – From Valga along the Lake Peipus to St. Petersburg/Russia

Having left the outstanding Gauja Nationalpark I´ll have a closer look to the city of Valga.
Following the national estonian cyclepath 3 and 4 I´m going to visit Tartu.
Here you can find a city where many students present an open-minded culture and I´m looking forward to visit this interesting big city.
At the beginning of the preparations – as the author of my travel book recommends you – I´d like to visit also Talinn by bus. But unfortunately I haven´t got enough time to do this.

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We get back to the Lake Peipus where I´m going to meet a very ancient culture – here the people live a very simple and poor life by growing and selling fruits and vegetables.

At the northern part of the lake I´d like to have a look at a bird protection area – sounds interesting. Reminds me on the “Reservé Africane” in the south of Bordeaux… 🙂

Only a day ride away I´m going to reach to northern steep coast of the Baltic Sea and will camp there again. After this I will approach the border to…Russia.

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On this part of my trip I won´t have any cyclepaths – it´s not common to cycle  in Russia.

The cycling club “Velo Piter” from St. Petersburg tries hard to find a good alternative for that Route. These 173 km are sometimes a little bit difficult because of the quality of the streets.

But there is a route where you can get to Peterhof with its outstanding castles and from there it is recommended to take the local train for about 30 km to my great destination – St. Petersburg!

I´ve booked already a hostel in the 5th floor – and of course they haven´t got an elevator!
But this is just once so this famous city will be the absolute highlight of this trip where I´m going to stay for 4 nights.

Finally I will jump on the St. Peterline ferry to Helsinki and from there with Finnlines back to Germany where – after staying a night in a youth hostel in Lübeck – the train will take me back to home – hopefully!