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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had arranged a driver and guide for a city tour. Maria was awesome and very knowledgeable. She was of an age that she remembers a lot of the events that have shaped this country in the last 50 years.


    [​IMG]st petersburg 32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    We took in most of the major sites in the downtown area. Including the Egyptian sphinxes, the Winter Palace, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Catherine palace, the Nicholas statue, St. Isaacs Cathedral.



    [​IMG]st petersburg 10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Peter and Paul Fortress is the burial place of the Russian royalty. So that means all the Nicholas and Alexanders and their wives “Maria”. There is a cannon salute everyday at noon. The entire crown flinched when it went off it was SO loud.


    [​IMG]st petersburg 13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We took some time to rest and then set out again to the Main square of the city at the winter palace.


    [​IMG]st petersburg 33 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]st petersburg 34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]st petersburg 35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    Walking past the Admiralty it started to torrentially rain and we had to hide out under the trees, but got drenched anyway.


    [​IMG]st petersburg 38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The bronze horseman is the monument to the founder of St. Petersburg, Peter the Great. It stands in Senatskaia Square facing the Neva River.




    [​IMG]st petersburg 47 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    For our second day we spent the morning in the museum of the winter palace with thousands of others.


    [​IMG]st petersburg 53 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



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  7. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Thanks for a super ride report ! The writing and photography are first class ! Chosen route very interesting. Don't know how you do it and manage to crank out the posts too. Am only on page 6 in South America but wanted to jump ahead and see where you are now. Will follow along now. Keep up the great work.
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey Champe

    Welcome along and thanks for the comments. cheers!


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was Harley-Davidson Days here in Petersburg so we checked it out. There were a lot of very loud bikes being driven very fast all over the city as well. Of course they were handing out condoms!



    [​IMG]st petersburg 115 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Several venues had military bands playing and this group was very good. Here they are doing an awesome rendition of “We will rock you”.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The last day of our 72 hours visa we took the hydofoil for a 40-minute ride across the Gulf to the park at Peterhoff Palace. We even saw a Russian submarine on the way there.



    [​IMG]st petersburg 133 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Here at Peterhoff, the fountains are the main attraction.



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    What a whirlwind trip we had and now we are back to the ferry for the overnight crossing. We arrived to sunny weather in Helsinki and returned to the camping for another night. We had booked passage on the ferry to Estonia for the next afternoon. We finally had a couple of days to do nothing! The Ferries to Tallinn leave from the west harbor. It is easy to book on line and we found the Eckero Line was the cheapest for the afternoon sailing of the 3 options. You can also book 2 bikes and 2 people on one reservation, which is rarely the case.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 1.59.14 AM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived early, but so did quite a few others. The bikes are all loaded on the second level of the ferry and there were lots of new looking tie down to secure them. The crossing was very calm. The boat is very nice and there are all kinds of different seating options. There were 6 or 7 bars since this is a bit of a booze cruise at night. There were 2 different bars with live band playing.



    [​IMG]DSC03420 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    The forecast was for a light rain, but when we unloaded it was torrentially raining.

    We had planned to camp, but even the streets were flooded so we did not think the campground would be better. The first few places we stopped were full and one had a suite for 180$. We by then were a ways from the city and looped back to finally find a hotel at a reasonable price.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next day of course it was spectacular. We drove to the old town and did a walking tour. There are 4 cruise ships docked today and so the old town was packed.



    [​IMG]DSC03446 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Day one we rode west to the coast 100 km to the “beach” town of Haapsalu. From here we backtracked 40 km and then rode south and west to Tartu. We took a lot of secondary and tertiary roads, some of which were dirt. Estonia is a very clean and prosperous looking country. The farms are neat and tidy and the homes even the old ones are well kept.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 10.45.25 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Riding south again we stopped and toured the city of Rezenke. Then we tried to stay off the highway, but this proved difficult on our way south to Lithuania.

    [​IMG]latvia lithuania 11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]latvia lithuania 6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    Here we again did a small tour into the Capital of Vilnius, with its beautiful architecture.


    [​IMG]latvia lithuania 7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    Now we turned north towards Riga. Here we really tried to get off the highway, but several of the roads were dirt with some washboard again. Again we did not find any camping, but we did find a hotel in Panevezys after 537 tiring Kms.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 10.54.18 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    A beer and a beer/grapefruit dink in Lithuania 1.34 Euros!!



    [​IMG]latvia lithuania 8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]latvia lithuania 9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr