Today I will go to Russia.
Or at least I will try. That is my goal for today.
And so I started at 10am to Narva. The weather is perfect for cycling. About 22°C, sunny and almost no wind.
Some small hills are in the way but they do not really hamper my fast progress.
At 1pm I reached Narva and 30 minutes later the border to russia.
I had to stand in line for a short time on the Etonian side. Then I had to push my bike over the bridge to the other side where the Russians were waiting.
I had to fill out an small paper with all my information, like name, passport, visa number and after a short glance they stamped my Passport and I was clear to enter Russia.
I am finally in Russia !!
There is no welcome sign or Flag at the border so I made a picture a little bit later.
I do not know what the sign says, probably it is some warning to behave in this country ?!!
Almost everything was the same before and after the border crossing. Just the road-signs were hard to read and I have to pay in a different currency now.
I wanted to go about 100 km today, so it was possible to reach St. Petersburg the following day. It was still enough time to go on and my plan was to camp somewhere along the road.
At 90km I stopped at a filling station for some water and a ice-creme. While I was eating my ice, Peter started talking to me.
Peter, Manfred, Odetta and Jenny from Lingen in Germany were also on a bike trip to St.Petersburg.
We talked for a while and they were so interested to here more about my trip, so they invited me to stay in the hotel and have dinner with them.
I was overwhelmed and gladly accepted the offer.
After a shashlik and a shower we sat together drank some beer and talked about our trips.
Peter and Manfred are lifelong friends and started to do bicycle tours in the early 80´s. A few years ago they started at Calais to go the Euroroute R1 to St.Petersburg. This year they do the last part of it. And this time Peter´s girlfriend Odetta and Manfred´s daughter Jenny is with them.
It was very nice to meet them and we talked till midnight and had some more beer. We all had a long day and the next will be also not very easy, otherwise we had talked till the next morning.
Day 89: 92,04 km all: 3289 km