Tere,

First of all, we have to say that the computer of tonight is not really friendly, and we have to fight to get caps, ponctuation, etc…

So. We are now in Parnu, in the south of Estland, we made a stop cause we met our first real technical and physical difficulties. In fact, Ben’s bike had to be fixed, the rear wheel was too used and after breaking 5 spokes in a raw, we had to change all of them, hoping it will be enough to reach Germany back. Physically, Moni was a bit illy, and Ben has a painfull knee, nothing really important but it’s ennoying and we must take care of that.

Our last week in Estland was really impressive in other way, we spent more than one day in Tallinn, a beautiful medieval city where we stayed in a Australian hostel – Givic Pension – and had a dinner in a restaurant, cocktails and beer. You must know that alcohol is really expensive and difficult to buy in Scandinavia, so we really enjoyed our arrival in Baltic states. After leaving the city, we started our way to the west, to follow the european bicycle path Eurovelo 10, which is absolutely well signed and easy to follow. It’s funny to think that one of the smallest and and last country to join Europe is already so well developped in cyclotourism.

So, after this first surprise, as we were decided not to pay for camping as we did since the 5 last weeks in Sweden and Finland, we knew that we’ll camp where we find a place. And what a place please. Only public spaces with benches, tables, fire possibilities…. Just what we need. And nobody to say you that it’s forbidden or what, people here are really helpfull and friendly, perhaps it’s also because we arrive after the summer rush and there isn’t so many people on the roads and everywhere.

Otherwise, the landscapes are surprising too. During many kilometers, there is only virgin forests and fields, some villages less than 300-people-living, and after a while, you meet some medievals ruins, then old russian buildings left some years ago, really dirty in this fabulous nature and finally you reach one of the most beautiful spot to spend a night that you can imagine. And this is like that everyday, you can feel the cross between the old past, the close past, the nature. It’s a bit like an-european-country on the way to be developped, there are several works on the roads, in the citys, like they prepare to be busy by tourists in some years.

About the weather, we can say that we realize that summer is nearly over, we had some autumn rainfalls – but fortunately, we got those fantastic blue rainjackets in Hlesinki – but in the average, we have more sunshine than greysky. Tempatures are going colder but we can ride and sleep easily.

What’s going next, we’ll leave Parnu tomorrow to the south, on the way to Letland or Latvia or Lettonie, depends on where you read us, we already have a plan to spend a night in Riga, and then we’ll probably go on sticking to coast to Klaipeda, going down to the Couranian Spit or something like that, we have not a real idea of what will really happen, the only thing sure is that we’ll take care of our healthes and bikes to finish quietly our trip, around the Baltic sea…

Some pictures now, not to much cause of this old computer, like in the digital-third-world, enjoy

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Hi folks !

A quick post to say that we arrived in Tallinn yesterday, and after 24 hours spent here, we’ll leave in a while to re-start cycling. Our plan is to stick the west coast until Riga and then probably make a short cut to Kalipeda. There, we’ll know if we can cross or not the Russian enclave Kaliningrad.

Have a good week !