Thanks to all the friends who wrote that they were burning candles for the border crossing into Russia on Friday.
Why is it so strange for the Russian officials to see an old KLR motorbike from Limpopo in faraway South Africa crossing the border into THE COUNTRY?
Perhaps it is a strange sight 🙂
Whatever is going to happen tomorrow nothing is going to stop the ride to the Arctic Circle. If not from the east then from the west.
The mosquitoes of these northern regions are as bad as their reputation. I’ve never experienced so many at any given time wherever one stops.
I experienced one of the biggest surprises ever in Mustvee at Lake Peipus. I stopped at a Bed & Breakfast to ask for a room, and within a minute a couple on touring bicycles also stopped there. They completed their first day of cycling south to Poland. They introduced themselves. Piet and Martha van Zyl, Cape Town! Afrikaans-speaking. We spent a lovely afternoon and evening together. They are doing their fourth cycle tour within 5 years on different continents. What I like the most, it is not to cover so many kilometers as possible but rather to see and experience. Therefore a 40 km per day suits them fine.
Tonight the sets just before 22:30 and rises at about 4 AM. Then there is a period of a long dusk and dawn. That makes the nights so short.
The KLR is still doing fine. Within the next week I will have to change oil and clean filters. Amazing how the kilometers fly past.
I don’t know when the next post will be. Let life surprise us! Russia or Estonia or Finland, who knows? (And no-one really cares, as long as the ride continues!)