Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia: Baltic region

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by linza, May 16, 2007.

  1. linza

    linza Adventurer

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    I was using Lonley Planet Baltic Region tourist guide to plan my trip. After pasing <st1:country-region w:st="on">Poland</st1:country-region> very fast, ( 140-160km/h on main roads there is no police ) I was afraid of speeding in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Lithuania</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Latvia</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Estonia</st1:place></st1:country-region>. I had no problem. In <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Estonia</st1:place></st1:country-region> there are oni couple of police motor bikes and dozen of cars.<o:p></o:p>
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    I wonted to sleep in low budged hotel or camping sites but I did not found any of this sites. Every day, like there where connected they charge my 30&#8364; per night sometimes with out breakfast. Camping sites ale like military camps, no toilet or running weather and absolutely no security. At the moment I don&#8217;t remember how much is the petrol but its much cheaper then in reset of EU, below 1&#8364;. Malboro is 1.3&#8364;, cafe and coke around 1.5-2&#8364;. <o:p></o:p>
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    Main road are in good condisen, you can travel fast and safe, all cars are moving out your way but many of secondary road are dirt one.<o:p></o:p>
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    I strongly recommend to stay in Palanga day or two if you like touristy places. You can ride to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lithuania</st1:place></st1:country-region> &#8220;stone hedge&#8221;. On half way to capital <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vilnius</st1:place></st1:city> is Hill of Crosses in Siaolin. In <st1:city w:st="on">Vilnius</st1:city> I slept in the safest house in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lithuania</st1:place></st1:country-region>, at Georgian &#8222;boss&#8220; 30&#8364; with breakfast. 150km before <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vilnius</st1:place></st1:city> is Trakai castle. <st1:place w:st="on">Lake</st1:place> surround it and you can swim in it.<o:p></o:p>
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    In Latvi I wonted to see some national rezerve where Liv people live ( marker 12 on my map ). Big mistake. Almost 80km of dirt road and nothing of famous Liv people or rezerve.<o:p></o:p>
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    Jurmala is also tourist resort in nothing compeer to Palanga.<o:p></o:p>
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    Esti is also nice but windy. Not strong wind but cold one Im not use to it. Day lite is until 3AM and at 4AM its coming up again. <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tartu</st1:place></st1:city> city near Piepsy lake was very nice for my. Not to small and not to big. Just right size for biker. You cant not be lost in it old town is lovely and there in no crime. Lover crime rate in EU. Piepsy lake is 70km long and divides <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Russia</st1:place></st1:country-region> and Esti.<o:p></o:p>
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    Saaremma island in also nice. There I found traditional houses turn into hotel with good food, quite cheep and beautiful waitress. From mail land you go to Muhu island and then to Saaremma. Some where in between Kurasara city and Muhu island there are meteor craters. Now I cant remember with island is connected with bank. In Kurasare is meadeval castle with spectacular view.<o:p></o:p>
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    In all the country&#8217;s people are nice but not to friendly. There are afraid of stranger that is soviet inheritance. KGB &#8220;loved&#8221; them. They started to drive bikes few years ago so they don&#8217;t have bikers friendly spirit not even between themselves or my ( I was traveling alone ).Everybody speaks English or Russian.<o:p></o:p>
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    This is me after 1680km in 22hours, but unfortunatly forget to fill IBA documentation
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    Also thanks to www.motocikli.com for brand new tyres :clap
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  2. kejago

    kejago Kev. Haute Savoie, France

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    I think there are some really nice pics there, but my firewall at work wont let me open them. :waysad Imageshack gets blocked because of the advertising they run... Any chance to link the proper sized images directly here? :freaky The blatics is on my short list of must do places to go see. :deal
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  3. linza

    linza Adventurer

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    Fuck, more work :D
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  4. Frgich

    Frgich Been here awhile

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    Old trip Linza :wink: , but great report, thanks for shearing another one. If you continue with this kind of a rhytm, it's going to be one story every week :lol3
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  5. E-man

    E-man 4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10

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    Nice pics, looks like beautiful contry.
    P.S- I get the feeling that the pics of the belly dancers will be the MOST downloaded , viewed pics:clap :clap
    Beee U tee Full ladies
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  6. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Beautiful pics and report. Let's see if you can make these pics appear bigger. Get to work :lol3
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  7. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

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    Yeah, that looks like a great ride.

    JackL.
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  8. Dessert Storm

    Dessert Storm Dances With Drunks

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    Very nice report and photos. Planning a loop of the Baltic next summer, so reports like this are great!
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  9. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    yip...bigger pix please!!...

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  10. Icecream

    Icecream Adventurer

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    Damn, there's some hotties in Eastern Europe!

    Oh and the ride report was great, thanks Linza.
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  11. linza

    linza Adventurer

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    Yes it is old one i did it last year but this is english verzion :D

    Ive replace thumbs with bigger ones
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  12. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing. Now I have this european trip idea stuck in my head.:D
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  13. dr_sean

    dr_sean Been here awhile

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    x2!:wink:
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  14. Phaidon

    Phaidon WorldRidingManiac

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    Hey!

    Great pics, thanks for the input!

    Did you stay at the hostel close to Kathla Järve next to the sea shore in Estonia? I thought I remembered the houses - though they were only ruins when I passed through there in 2001.

    Beatuiful Countries and Great People!

    Cheers
    Stef
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  15. kejago

    kejago Kev. Haute Savoie, France

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    Well, thank you very much for doing that!! Awesome report!! :clap :clap :deal :freaky
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  16. Starstriker

    Starstriker www.transasia.se

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    You are welcome to Sweden any day :D
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  17. Starstriker

    Starstriker www.transasia.se

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    Great report and nice photos Iinza!
    Im heading that way in a month, but I will do the three countries in one sweep on my way south to Istanbul.

    Hopefully Ill be able to get off the main road at least for a coffebrake!
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  18. All4Fun

    All4Fun Let the good times roll!

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    Linza - Thanks - Beautiful country (and girls) - Good job!:clap :clap :clap
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  19. Karpaasi

    Karpaasi Don't Move Here

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    Beautiful part of the world...wonderful, friendly people...beautiful, low-er maintenance women.

    Tallinn is one of my favorite cities. The old part of town is stunning.

    Lived in Finland back in 1996. I absolutely love that part of the world...your ride brought back some fond memories.
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  20. RogueMonkey

    RogueMonkey compensating hose clamp

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    Linza, lud sam od ljubomore :D
    Foto putopis je veoma odlican, hvala sto si dijelio sa nama. Takodje vidim da imamo isti ukus u masine. Da li si imao problema tokom puta ? Nadam se da cemo vidjeti jos vise avantura. Adio :thumb
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