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!)
Lodie, Sterkte vir more en ons hoop en vertrou jou lang droom om Rusland in te gaan, sal die wag werd wees. Veilig ry en laat die foto’s kom. Ons reis lekker saam .
As ons hier in Suid Afrika sulke kort nagte gehad het, sou ons darem die land lekker kon deurkruis.
Hi Lodie, your high spirited ‘post’ is wired to the sun and its new ‘light’ on us, clearly zoom your progress !!!
I do hope, we will be privilege to see a Moose. . . unfortunately the white bearded guy exchange some photo’s, as we speak and would the Russian be MORE suspicious, if he wears his red suit on his ‘modern Reindeer’ !!!
Thank You, for your most enjoyable RIDE for smiles !
Lodie your challenge are now lying ahead. That is what you wanted to achieve all along. My prayers are with you and the candles are burning high. You take care and return home safely.. we await your home coming
Liewe kosbare Lodie…Elke foto en elke stukkie deel van jou reis is SO kosbaar en word ingedrink deur ons ander avontuurlustiges… Dankie vir die moeite wat jy doen om jou reis en ervarings met ons te deel, vir die tyd wat jy neem om mooi fotos te neem en te skryf oor wat spesiaal was. Dit is wonderlik om so saam met jou te toer. Mens kyk opgewonde uit na jou volgende skrywe.
Sterkte vir more. Ons vertrou saam met jou dat jy more jou voete in wiele in Rusland sit!
Mooi bly maar mooi! Lieflike lande. Pragtige mense wie se paaie mekaar kruis, net op die regte tyd in ‘n vreemde land om die moed ‘n hupstootjie te gee. A crowd of hearts and souls will be at the border to wave you over into Russia. By the way, a dab of vinegar keeps the mozzie and the itch away!
I am Piet and Martha van Zyl’s daughter and I was very proud to see them on your blog. But now seeing what you are doing, i am even more impressed by your trip.
Congratulations and good luck and safe travels for the rest of the trip. i will definitely bev following and making a donation.
Tina van Zyl ( Capetonian living in Sydney Australia !!! )
Geniet jou reis na Rusland en hou verby die Vodka en Russiese geselskap of na ‘n bottel verstaan julle mekaar baie goed.
Koue winter groete van die Waterberg.