Day 96-97 – 4.-5. August 2013

After we slept a few hours I went a little bit shopping in the vicinity.

I decided to change my plans in order to make it to Croatia till the end of September to go sailing with some of my friends. To gain some time I will take the bus to Vilnius and to Bialystock and then cycle through Ukraine, Romania and Hungary to Croatia. My rule not to use motorized vehicles will not be affected, because I already made it to Bialystock and now I will start from there again. So the trip to St. Petersburg was just like a little extra tour and will not count for the world trip.

I packt my stuff for the bus to Vilnius and at 6:30 pm we started to cycle to the bus station. The bus was leaving at 9 pm but I wanted to be there early to maybe have a chance to talk to the driver in order to get all my stuff and the bike in the bus.

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First the drivers said the bus is full and you are only allowed one pice of luggage. After a while they showed me a extra compartment and offered it to me for an extra 30€. So what could I do but accept it?

At least I was on my way back to Vilnius.

At the border to Estonia we all had to get out of the bus and take all of our luggage and go through the baggage control. Crossing the border took about one hour and 30 minutes.

At 7 am we reached Riga and I had to change buses. The bus to Vilnius started at 10:30 am so I had to kill some time.

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At the beginning the bus driver had the same problem with my luggage but then I could put everything in the cargo area with no extra charge.

In the early afternoon I reached Vilnius and Dainius my host from my first visit to Vilnius  came and took my stuff to their apartment. I cycled the 3 km to their place.

Day 96: 14 km  all: 3424 km

Day 89 – 28. July 2013

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.

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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.

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I do not know what the sign says, probably it is some warning to behave in this country ?!!

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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.

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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

Day 88 – 27. July 2013

I got up a 7 am and had to take a shower first. The weather was very nice and I did not felt like going to russia today. So I payed 4€ for the camping place and went to sleep again.

In the afternoon I cycled 10 km to the nearest town to bought some food and drinks.

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I also went to the beach and relaxed in the sun.

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Day 87 – 26. July 2013

After a nice sleep in my hammock, I saw the sunrise over the sea early in the morning and went back to sleep.

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At 10 am I had everything packed and ready to go again.

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The weather was very nice and sunny but my tire was almost flat again. Since the last few days the rear tire looses air.

After one hour I reached the first filling station, had some breakfast and had to repair the rear tire.

Because I bought a new tire in Tallinn I also changed it.

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I also adjusted the brakes and so hopefully everything is OK now.

There was almost no wind and so it was a nice and easy cycling.

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At 50 km I found a nice camping ground and decided to stay here for the night. My left knee started to hurt and so I did not want to overwork it.

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The camping place was clean, located at the beach (50 m stairway) had free wifi and for only 4€ very cheap.

I also went to the beach to relaxed a little bit.

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Day 87: 51,13 km  all: 3197 km

Day 86 – 25. July 2013

In the morning the owner of the place came and showed me around. He did all the sculptures himself and in the winter he also paints.

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Everything took a little bit longer so I was at last on the road at 11:30 am.

First I visited a swamp area withe a watch tower in the middle. I even meet some german tourists there.

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The weather was getting better and in the afternoon the sun came out and there was almost no wind.

I was pretty fast and after 90 km I found a wonderful place to camp.

It was a wooded area direct at the beach. There was no rain in sight, so I decided to use my hammock for the night.

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I had a wonderful view on the beach, the sea and also saw the sunset, the moonrise and early in the morning the sunrise.

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Everything from my bed!

Day 86: 90,49 km  all: 3145 km

Day 85 – 24. July 2013

At 11 am I called the embassy to check if my passport has arrived.

The good news was it was finally there and I could pick it up.

So I packed my stuff and at noon I cycled to the embassy.

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At last I hold the Visa in my hand.

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The man who gave me my passport wanted to take a photo and quickly got his camera.

So at 12:40 pm I stated in direction of russia.

Only after a few kilometers I passed the 3000 km mark and had to take some pictures.

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The rest of the day was not very interesting. The weather was cloudy and not very warm, but at least it did not rain.

I saw a camping place on my GPS, located at a lake and I was heading to that lake.

Because I started only after moon I managed to go 57 km.

The place at the lake was very nice. Nobody was there so I just set my tent up.

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I even went into the water instead of a shower.

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They had also wifi and so could update my blog.

Day 85: 57,66 km  all: 3055 km

Day 84 – 23 July 2013

It was only 15 km to Tallinn where I first went to the german embassy to get my passport.

At 10 am I was at the embassy but unfortunately the Passport did not arrive, so I have to call the next day to check.

Now I had enough time to look for a hostel and to see the city.

I was driving through old town when I passed a bike shop. I had some problems with the pedal and some strange noise from the chain tensioner. I was lucky because the mechanic was very good and skilled. First we changed the chain tensioner (I already had one from Radlschmiede Kaugering) and I also needed a new chain. We had to adjust everything several times, but after 1 hour everything worked fine.

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After my bike was in shape I went to the harbor an made a little picnic, while looking at the ships.

I was looking at a very nice big sailing boot and talked to the young man on the boot. The boot and the 3 man crew was from Kiel and they were sailing a little bit around the east sea. He even gave me a little tour around the boot.

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I was about to go, when another german joint us. He was a former military officer from Kaufbeuren and is a pilot with his own planes. We also have some people we both know. We talked about flying, military life and his upcoming projects.

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I found a Hostel close to old town for 25€ the night. After a shower I went to the very nice old town and looked around. Tallinn old town is UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

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After a dinner and some strolling around the harbor I went back to my hostel.

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Day 84: 24,55 km  all: 2997 km