6th – 11th June
After a good sleep in the tent again in Barzai we headed off for Latvia. The perfect road behind the border (nothing reminds of a border here) gave us the hope that the roads would continue like that. This hope was taken after 20 kilometers or so. The strong wind coming from the coast pushed us from side to side like ping pong balls. Luckily there weren’t as many trucks on the road as in Lithuania or Poland.
Riga was never really on our itinerary from the beginning, as we both have been visiting already. It is the only city in the Baltic area considered as metropolitan city. A coffee and a quick lunch was everything we dedicated Latvia’s capital and went off to Tuja, a very little town with a campground and a supermarket – nothing else. So far it was the most scenic and loveliest designed campground. A selfmade playground, fireplaces all over the property and direct access to the beach. We made a bonefire and for having the perfect camping feeling it even convinced us to take a short dip into the calm but freezing Baltic sea in the morning. This gave us enough freshness for the most tiring 200km through Latvia. Sorry for not spending an appropriate amount of time in your country, dear Latvians . We make that up some time in the future…
It didn’t get really dark all night long. This picture was taken after midnight:
Pärnu, the weekend exile of many Estonians lead us to a very touristy little town in Estonia.
We found a cool little spot to set up camp in a backyard in the city.
We had a stroll in Pärnu, met Cocran a Canadian guy who is driving around in Europe and also owned a F650GS. It took him around South America and further. More than 115.000km in total – this made Jendrik feel pretty confident. Some advises and little anecdotes later we were sure that you not necessarily need the best and newest equipment for such a trip. Not even your own bike. Safe travels amigo, it was a pleasure.
After these 3 nights in the tent we booked an Airbnb very close to Tallin Old town.
It was a perfect stay. Close to everything and finally a nice bed again! Thanks Nataly for helping us finding a laundry place – it was about time and surely we would have passed it…
A walk through the beautiful old town and the harbour area confirmed what we already expected. Estonia is not only geographically closer to Scandinavia, as the other Baltic countries: The language, the architecture and also the appearance of the people show many similarities to their Scandinavian neighbors. We recharged all electronic devices, proved to be good chefs – again 🙂 – and went for an early sleep to stand a quite tight schedule the next day.
Have you ever heard of ice-sailing, Konstantin Vassiljev, three times Estonian footballer of the year or a restaurant where glasses, plates and forks are just not existent? The fantastic maritime museum, the friendly match between Estonia vs Morocco in the LeCoq Arena and dinner in Ill Draakon restaurant taught us.
Especially the restaurant impressed, while the game didn’t so much, Morocco won 3:1… It just needs a huge piece of meat from the bone and big tasty beer out of a huge clay pot to be happy.
A great day found its end around 3 o’clock – measured by daylight 8 o’clock in the morning, see here:
Our plan was to take the ferry to Helsinki but only god knows why, prices had risen for about 400% this day so we booked another cheap stay in the countryside, to take the ferry the next morning. It was a beautiful stay actually, next to a lake and perfect sunshine. Great to rest and relax.
Ready for new adventures we took off to find some brekkie and cartridges for our camping stove the next morning. Very difficult as there are different standards all over Europe – mission not completed yet… We made it to the ferry terminal in Tallin just in time. Premiere on a ship with our bikes – the name says it all: M/S Finlandia.
After 2,5 hours we arrived in Helsinki/Finland, the 7th visited country during our trip! Sunshine welcomed us, lunchtime and a nice 2 hours walk around the capital, we took some pictures and drove further East to stay a night on a campground in Porvoo, actually on a hill for skiing. 28€ for a standard campground – not surprising but 5 times the price of the average fee in Poland. Frustrated we bought two beers for 10 Euros. It’s vacation 😉
Follow our route as we are getting closer to Russia, the next milestone on our trip!