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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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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!