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  • Day20

    Lighthouses, Rocks, Kites and Bumps

    June 22, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    In most of Europe the 22nd of June marks the official start of Summer. That means that it is a common time of celebrations and, in the Baltic States, of massed communal singing. For us the first day of summer dawned fine and clear, but a little cooler than the past couple of weeks.

    Our plan was to transfer by bus to the impressive lighthouse at Saare. This is at the southernmost point of Saaremaa Island, situated at the very end of a very exposed promontory. We arrived in time to step out into the teeth of a force nine gale. Of course everyone immediately checked to see which direction it was blowing. To our relief, it was mostly in the direction that we would soon be riding. If it had been blowing in the other direction, I suspect that we would have just climbed back on the bus and called it a day.

    After a short time exploring the towering lighthouse, we climbed on the bikes, hoisted our spinnakers and set off downwind. It was a wonderful feeling to have the wind sharing some of our workload and we managed to make excellent progress. It was only when we turned off the sealed road and found ourselves bouncing along a rough dirt track that the going got more difficult.

    At one stage we came across a rocky beach where previous visitors had erected hundreds of stone cairns. This reminded me of other places around the world where this is done. It is obviously a manifestation of an innate human need to create order from disorder. I erected a small tower and dedicated it to my new grandson Jossi. I have not met the little guy yet, but hoped that my efforts would somehow be felt by him all those thousands of kilometres away.

    After riding about 30 km, we began seriously looking for a picnic location. In this region public picnic grounds are rarer than pink unicorns. They just don't exist. Since we were in need of rest and some food I announced that the next time we found some mowed grass, we would stop there , even if it was someone's front yard. So that's exactly what we did.

    It was a lovely patch of short green grass and there was no obvious sign of the owners. We figured that if anyone turned up, we would just plead ignorance telling them that in Australia we do that all the time. Fortunately no one showed and we all enjoyed a marvellous time in the sun.

    The rough road continued for a few more km, eventually bringing us to a popular kite surfing beach. Dozens of young kite surfers were flying back and forth, sometimes soaring high above the water and then returning with a huge splash. It was interesting to watch, although we were left wondering how they managed to avoid crashing into each other.

    The final few kilometres of the ride was along a beautifully smooth bike path. The combination of smooth bitumen and tailwind gave us a glimpse of what cycling in heaven would be like.

    Tomorrow will be our final day on the bikes and, by tomorrow evening, we will reach Tallinn, the final destination for this section of the trip. After two nights in Tallinn our group will begin to break up as we head off in multiple different directions. For ten of us, the adventure will continue a little longer as we catch the ferry across the Baltic to Helsinki.
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  • Day19

    Celebrating Summer Solstice in Saaremaa

    June 21, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Firstly I thought it might be best to start with a short science lesson. Contrary to popular belief, the changing seasons throughout the year has nothing to do with the slight changes in distance between the earth and the sun. In fact it has everything to do with the inclination of the earth's axis relative to the plane of rotation. In the northern summer the earth's tilts towards the sun, resulting in the sun appearing higher in the sky at noon time. The higher the sun is in the sky, the more concentrated is the solar energy reaching the surface and the longer the length of the day. Simples !

    Whatever the reason, the simple fact is that today is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. If the days weren't already long enough in the Baltics, today marks the time when the daylight hours are at their absolute maximum. From now on each day will grow progressively shorter - perhaps a bleak reminder that another long, dark and cold winter will be here in just a few short months. Little wonder that the locals try to make the most of their short summers when they come.

    Today I declared a "personal rest and recuperation day". I must admit that I have been feeling a little homesick,especially when I have a lovely new grandson waiting in Melbourne that I have not been able to meet yet. Most of us are also severely sleep deprived and feeling weary from the constant travel. In my case the decision was made during the latter part of yesterday's ride when my backside reminded me in no uncertain terms that it really had had enough. It needed a break.

    Since we have another two nights at this hotel it was a simple matter of choosing not to ride. Apart from catching up on some rest I also wanted to spend some time exploring the Baltic coastline. After the rest of the team left in the bus to punish themselves,I headed off on a long walk instead.

    My original aim had been to walk the shoreline to a group of wind turbines we could see in the distance. As I set off two things become evident. The first is that the beach was not all easy walking. In many parts it was more like a muddy swamp, complete with reeds and small creeks. The second thing I learned was that wind turbines are REALLY big. The further I walked, the further away they moved. Eventually my path was completely blocked and I had to turn back.

    One thing that was a real surprise was just how warm the water was. Although we would not class it as a great beach (due to the muddy sand, seaweed and rocks) I decided to brave the obstacles and wade in the shallows. The temperature was not at all what I expected 60 degrees north in the Baltic Sea. It was really warm. Really warm indeed. I guess that is why Estonians come quite a long distance to swim here.

    Later in the day I managed to get a couple of hours of sleep. It is nowhere enough to make up the accumulated sleep deficit, but I thought it might help a little.

    I am not sure if there are any celebrations planned for this evening. Maybe we will be outside baying at the midnight sun. I guess I will soon find out.
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  • Day19

    Dinner in a Windmill

    June 21, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The longest day of the year is a pretty big deal when you are in far northern Europe. We have already noticed numerous large, conical shaped bonfires being prepared around the island. Apparently the actual celebrations will continue over the next 3 nights, right until we arrive in Tallinn.

    This evening our team members donned their best going out clothes for a special solstice dinner in Kuressaare. I was not sure whether I would be able to make a booking for twenty people at short notice on such an important night of the year, but luckily I managed to get us in at the Saaremaa Veski. This is actually the most famous restaurant in Kuressaare, and is in a huge converted stone windmill.

    It turned out to be a very memorable evening. The food was superb and the atmosphere was amazing. We were seated on the ground floor of the structure and each table was actually a huge circular stone slab. For John Mudgway it turned out to be a very "lucky" night indeed. Somehow he caught the attention of a buxom matron who had been travelling with a group of American tourists. It must have been a case of love at first sight ,or maybe just a case of "anything is better than an American", for the matron threw her arms around poor John and started kissing him passionately. It was quite an incredible sight seeing two octogenarians engaging in such a wild display of passion. The shock almost made Bob choke on his cider (he might have been a little bit jealous).

    After a wonderful evening of dining and laughter, it was finally time to get back on our waiting bus for the ride back to the hotel. It was only at this time that the head waiter and a young underling chased us to the bus. The senior waiter started speaking rapidly in Estonian. What could possibly be wrong, I wondered?

    We finally realised we were being accused of doing a runner. Apparently there was a Sprite and a Fanta that had not been paid for. Shocking, but true. The only problem was that no one in our group had drunk either a sprite or a Fanta. It turned out to be the blasted American group. Typical. We had been falsely mistaken for a group of Trumpers. We assured the staff that we definitely were NOT from America and apologies and smiles returned.

    Bob and David were also feeling playful and made me take their picture together outside the windmill. What happens in Kuressaare,stays in Kuressaare, I guess.

    About 10.30 pm we arrived back at the hotel. Douglas helped the bus driver reconnect the trailer onto the bus, causing a significant amount of damage to the rear of the bus in the process. Of course it was still bright daylight.

    Happy Summer Solstice Day to Everyone !
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  • Day18

    Saaremaa Cycling

    June 20, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Our day began with an early transfer from our hotel to the ferry terminal. I was quite sorry to say goodbye to Parnu, as it had really impressed us all with its beautiful parks and amazing wooden buildings. Neverless the show must go on and our Baltics Adventure is now rapidly drawing into its final stages.

    Saaremaa is Estonia's largest island and is situated off the western coast in the Baltic Sea. A fleet of large ferries continually carries trucks, buses, cars and passengers back and forth between the island and the mainland.

    No sooner had the bus driven onto the ferry than the doors were closed and we were on our way. It really is a smooth and rapid operation. After a coffee and a snack from the buffet and about 30 minutes of smooth sailing time, we were pulling into the pier on the island. A short drive in the bus then took us to Koguva Orissaare, where our ride was to start.

    Yet again the sky was clear and the sun hot. A check on the GPS showed that we were around 59 degrees north. We had not expected this type of summer weather this far north. On went the sunscreen and off we went on the bikes.

    The roads were almost deserted. That made for nice riding, but apart from the endless forests on both sides of the road, there was not a lot to see. An exception was the crossing across a long causeway to the larger island. I was just glad that we didn't have to face a headwind as there was no shelter at all.

    After two weeks of daily cycling another problem was starting to manifest itself. Apart from the general tiredness from of sleep, my rearmost body parts were starting to feel that they had been aggressively rubbed with sandpaper. I regularly lifted myself from the seat, but it did little to alleviate the discomfort. I was not looking forward to 53 km of this ordeal.

    Since there are so few towns on Saaremaa, when we finally found a small general store/cafe we did not want to waste the opportunity for a stop. The kitchen was not prepared for a sudden influx of customers and took an inordinate amount of time to prepare the lunches. I think they cooked one lunch at a time.

    Soon after lunch David took off and we never saw him for the rest of the ride. We never can understand why he does this, but it seems to be due to some sort of character weakness that he has no control over.

    The rest of the group rode on together. We had been promised that the highlight of the ride would be the amazing "windmill park" at Angla. That would also mark the end of the day's ride (and the end of my anguish on the saddle).

    When we finally rolled up at the windmills, we all thought that they were rather underwhelming. There were only three of them, and they looked like they were in imminent danger of falling down at any moment. Since we had been provided with entrance tickets, we did go inside, even though you could already see them very well from the outside of the fence.

    A boisterous group of high school students also arrived at the same time and proceeded to clamour over everything. We decided it was time to leave. The sign at the gate said "Thank you for coming, we hope to see you again soon". It seemed a little optimistic to me. I wondered just how many people would feel the need to return again and again. Not many I suspected.

    Our tired group climbed back on the bus, where several quickly slipped into a coma (myself included). We had another short drive to the Hotel Saaremaa, which was to be our home for the next three nights. It was about that time that I decided that I would not be riding the following day. My backside needed a break almost as much as I did.

    Tomorrow will also be the summer solstice - the longest day of the year. Since we already have virtually twenty four of daylight, I would just about give my eye teeth for a few extra hours of darkness. This really is a strange phenomenon, and certainly plays havoc with your sleeping patterns.
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  • Day14

    Kaali-Meteoritenkrater

    August 1, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Dieser Meteoritenkrater entstand vor ca. 4.000 Jahren. In den skandinavischen Überlieferungen hinterließ der Einschlag seine Spuren. Jedoch wurde erst 1937 herausgefunden, dass es sich um einen ca. 20-80 Tonnen schweren Meteoriten gehandelt hat.Read more

  • Day15

    Koguva

    August 2, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Koguva ist ein kleines Fischerdorf, das erstmalig 1532 urkundlich erwähnt wurde. Der livländische Ordensmeister Wolter von Plettenberg erklärt damals, dass der Bauer Hankens, sein Sohn sowie alle Nachkommen unter bestimmten Auflagen zu Landfreien. Auch die folgenden Herrscher akzeptierten den Freiheitsbrief. Es ist das einzig erhaltene Dorf dieser Art in Estland.
    1922 wurde der estnische Schriftsteller Juhan Smuul ein Nachkomme des Bauern Hankens geboren. Dieser vermachte nach seinem Tod 1971 sein Haus dem Museum. Seit 1990 kann es besichtigt werden.
    Heute leben in Koguva 30 Einwohner.
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  • Day4

    Panga Kliff

    September 3, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Geologisch höchst interessant, handelt es sich hier um ein silurisches Kalksteinriff...
    Die Steilküste Panga ist der höchste Untergrundaufschluss in Westestland und auf den Inseln. Die silurische Steilküste ist eine große Terrasse, die in Schweden auf der Insel Gotland beginnt, durch die Ostsee verläuft und auf der Westküste der Insel Saaremaa auf die Erdoberfläche steigt.Read more

  • Day15

    Leuchtturm Sorve

    August 2, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Der Leuchtturm Sorve zählt als Estlands zweitältester, da ab 1646 an dieser Stelle immer ein Leuchtturm stand. Jedoch wurde er mehrfach erneuert und schließlich im 2. WK gesprengt. Erst 1960 wurde der 53 m hohe Leuchtturm wieder erbaut und ist für Besucher über seine 248 Stufen zugänglich. Die „ber“ hatte dieses Mal glücklicherweise wenig Probleme mit der Höhe.Read more

  • Day134

    Triigi

    August 12, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Umrundung der Insel Hiiumaa.
    Angenehm wenig Verkehr und fast ausschliesslich Touristen aus Estland.

    So ein Tag wo man im Kreis fahren könnte und trotzdem das Gefühl hat, dass der Wind stets gegen einem bläst.Read more

  • Day3

    Saaremaa Tag 1

    September 2, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Richtung Saaremaa war gestern Abend schon klar für uns. Heute hat uns die Wettervorhersage jedoch statts draußen campieren eine Unterkunft suchen lassen...
    Und wir haben tatsächlich ein wunderbares Fleckchen gefunden.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Saaremaa, Saare, Sааrеmаа, Павет Саарэ, Сааре, Comtat de Saare, Сааремаа, Επαρχία Σάαρε, Condado de Saare, Saare maakond, استان ساره, Saarenmaa, Comté de Saare, סארה, Okrug Saaremaa, Սաարեմաա, County Saare, サーレ県, საარემაა, 사레 주, Konteth Saare, Osilia, Sarės apskritis, Sāremā apriņķis, Сааремаа ёнкс, Saare fylke, Sarema, Comitatul Saare, Saare Coonty, Саре, Saare län, Saare ili, سارے کاؤنٹی, 薩雷縣

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