Day 7 of my cycle journey
On a leisurely day I cycled a relaxed 51 km along the beautiful, pine forested coast. Close to the Latvian border I found a deserted campground. Rain was predicted for the afternoon, so I stopped, put up my tent and had an afternoon nap, as any old geezer like me usually does.
The day started nicely. My washed underwear had dried and was ready to do its job – to absorb and protect. Leaving the guesthouse, I looked forward to cycling the EV 10 towards Latvia, a substantial part, however, I cycled on the main Baltic highway the “Via Baltica”, the main thoroughfare between the three Baltic states. I am still not sure if I missed an exit or if the EV 10 was designed to go on this highway. I saw several signs indicating that I was indeed on the EV 10/13, but I couldn’t believe that this cycle route would pass over such a heavily trafficked highway with barely a shoulder. Luckily, after a while my Koomot “navigatrice” (my affectionate personalization of the female voice of my navigation app) directed me onto a beautiful side street, which appears to be the old Via Baltica and is hardly used now. Delightful pine forests started to dominate the landscape with the Baltic Sea just visible beyond them. The smell of pines was intense and almost intoxicating. Traffic was low, and I enjoyed intensely my cycling.
To escape a forecasted rain front, I had planned in the morning to break early and set up camp before the rain arrives. The RMK website had indicated two campgrounds in the vicinity of the Latvian border: Lemme or Krapi campgrounds. I found the Lemme campground, and it was entirely deserted. I set up tent, and made a walk on the empty sand beach, which stretched for kilometres on end. In my opinion, there is something mystical and almost depressing to walk on an endless, empty sandy beach when the rainclouds are drifting in, and the world turns into monochrome.
An unfortunate mishap happened to my bike on the campground. The second time material failed me and impacted the functionality of my bicycle. While trying to use the kickstand on wet wooden planks, they slipped, and the entire kickstand was completely bent and could not be used anymore. Shoot, I would have to get a new kick stand in Riga and could not use the old one until then. I know that many bicycle travellers are travelling on bikes without a kickstand, but for me this is a kind of luxury to be able in one swift movement of the leg to bring the bike into a steady position.
The rain came and I snuggled into my sleeping bag. I watched the news about Ukraine. It is saddening to read about the sufferings of the Ukrainians. So, a day, which stared so nicely, ended in a rather gloomy mood. And it was raining as well.
12 thoughts on “Blog #0008 May 7 2022 – Along the eastern coast of Eastonia to the Latvian border”
Hienoa, että jaksat kirjoittaa näin paljon. Mielenkiintoista olisi nähdä myös kunkin päivän poljetut kilometrit ja silloin tällöin kokonaiskilometrit lähdöstä alkaen (jos saat tiedon ilman isompaa vaivaa).
Kiitos, kartat ja kilometrit tulevat kohta.
12 May was the first International Day of Plant Health, which perpetuates the achievements of the International Year of Plant Health that came about thanks to all your efforts!
Thanks you for this Ralf, and for your blog.
Please don’t be sad.
Kiinnostavaa kuulla naapurimaiden pyöräilymahdollisuuksista! Kiitos kun jaat tietoa meille! Toivottavasti varusteesi pysyvät ehjinä kilometrien karttuessa!
Kiitos, kyllä minäkin toivon että varusteeni kestä pitkä aika.
Wow, this is great reading Ralf! Your blog is another reminder of the fact that there is so much to see and experience – just that one has to take the effort… Looking fwrd to reading what happens in Riga.
Thanks for the 💐. I am in Klaipeda now and will update to what happened in Riga and beyond.
About kickstand: With such a heavy load on a bike, a regular kickstand may be a rather bad idea. It may bend the rear fork under the heavy load, especially if the bike should fall down on the kickstand side. And very much so if the kickstand is near the rear end of the chainstay like you had.
A lot better alternative would be a simple ClickStand which uses the top tube as the support. See this Nomad’s Trails video at about 10 minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLCm2L7eou0&ab_channel=Nomad%27sTrails
If you can’t find a ClickStand, find a kickstand which is attached to the middle of the bike, not to the rear.
Thanks for the advice. I will think about it.
I like a kickstand too but never had one or saw one on a loaded bicycle. Most of the time I could find something secure to lean the bike against.
I share your concern for a free Ukraine. Unfortunately, it is not a strong bipartisan support and people here vote on the basis of cheap gas and oil and the idea of sacrifice and common good is becoming less and less.
I was just told about you on Twitter or was it Facebook? Anyway, I am 66 and planning on extended touring in the U. S. when I retire (in four or five years). It will be interesting and informative to follow your progress. The things that go right but especially the things that went wrong.
Curious: was your kickstand double legged?
Thanks for the comment. My kickstand is a single one.