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    • Day11

      Muhu - Kuressaare - Keskranna

      July 30, 2022 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Wir haben eine schöne, ruhige Nacht hinter uns. Duschen, Frühstück und schnell alles wieder gut verstaut, damit wir mal etwas früher los kommen. Von Muhu geht es heute nach Saaremaa. Die beiden Inseln sind mit einem Damm verbunden und der Chef möchte seine Drohne ausprobieren. Also wird der Chefsessel abgetreten und Olga schaut erstaunt nach links und rechts: verkehrte Welt?!
      Unser Weg führt uns in die Inselhauptstadt Kuressaare. Wir erkunden erst einmal die Innenstadt. Am Springbrunnen werden Trachten und Volkstänze gezeigt. Das Zentrum ist nicht sonderlich groß, so dass wir uns die Burganlagen ansehen wollen. Es ist wirklich nett!
      Nach dem Mittagssnack erkunden wir dann die Burg mit den unterschiedlichen Ausstellungen. Am besten gefiel uns die aktuelle über Vikinger und einer Ausgrabung hier auf der Insel.
      Der Chef hat sich in der Zwischenzeit unser Nachtquartier ausgesucht (in der Burg sind Hunde nicht erlaubt), es geht ca. 13 km aus Kuressaare heraus auf den Minicamping von Henry. Wir können hinfahren und uns hinstellen, der Boden ist überall fest genug, wohin wir wollen sagt er. Da nehmen wir ihn gern beim Wort - und vergessen, das Feld zu überprüfen. Prompt steckt die 🚒 fest und 3 Räder drehen fein durch. Es half kein Ruckeln und kein Freischaufeln, es wurde nur noch schlimmer! Henry meinte, er könne mit seinem Trecker helfen. Aber wie lustig sah das kleine Gefährt vor unserem 917er aus? Es wurde vorwärts und rückwärts probiert, kein Stück kamen wir raus und die 🚒 versank im Feld. 🫣
      Letztlich holte Henry den Nachbarn mit seinem größeren Trecker. Der Blaue tat, was er tun musste und mit einem Ruck war der Rote aus dem Matsch befreit! 😅
      Mehr Aufregung braucht es aber auch nicht mehr diesen Urlaub. Und Henry meinte nur: "You made my day!"
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    • Day135

      Tehumardi

      August 13, 2019 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Beim warten auf die Fähre nach Saaremaa treffe ich den Fahrradreisenden Fabian aus Deutschland.
      Wir entscheiden uns zusammen weiterzufahren, da wir bis Kaliningrad in etwa die gleiche Strecke geplant haben.Read more

    • Day14

      Die Ostsee und wir...

      July 18, 2018 in Estonia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      ...das wird wohl keine Erfolgsgeschichte mehr. Vor Jahren versuchten wir es auf dem Stralsunder Bodden - ohne Erfolg, vorgestern in der Pärnu Bucht - das Ergebnis ist bekannt, heute sollte es das Meer vor Salme sein. Nach einigen Irrfahrten auf der Insel zu Adressen, hinter denen sich alles, nur kein Fischereibusiness, verbarg, fanden wir in Salme endlich einen Bootsverleih und stachen nachmittags in See. Die erste Schwierigkeit war, dass das Wasser hier sehr flach ist und eine Fahrrinne aus dem kleinen Hafen, wenn es denn eine gibt, nicht markiert ist. So tuckerten wir langsam auf Sicht an den Sandbänken vorbei auf der Suche nach einem Durchgang zu tieferen Gewässern. Und nach einer halben Stunde streikte der Motor. Man kann nun eigentlich von Glück sprechen, dass wir noch nicht weit gekommen waren, denn nun mussten wir den ganzen Weg zurück rudern. Ohne eine einzige Angel ins Wasser gehalten zu haben, kehrten wir nach 1,5 Stunden entnervt zurück, nur um uns vom Verleiher dann ganz demonstrativ die einwandfreie Funktion des Motors zeigen zu lassen *grrrr* Ob wir nun nochmal raus wollten? Nee, Danke! Nur um dann mit warmgelaufenem Motor wieder da draußen zu hängen?
      Frustriert fuhren wir zum Rimi in Kuressaare, um uns dort frische Forellen zu kaufen. Diese wurden am Abend in altbekannter Manier auf der Muurikka zubereitet. Der Sunset dazu war wieder sehr stimmungsvoll. Jeder Sunset ist halt anders ;-)
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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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      The World on Two Wheels

      This one is dedicated to Jossi, the newest grandson that I have not met yet.

      6/22/19Reply
      Traveler

      Wombats on the beach ? They have big wombats over there ?

      6/25/19Reply
       
    • 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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      Traveler

      Sound like it's time to come home 🛫🤗

      6/21/19Reply
      The World on Two Wheels

      Yes I feel like my new grandson is growing up without me

      6/21/19Reply
       
    • Day15

      Sowjetisches Ehrenmal

      August 21, 2020 in Estonia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      In der Nacht vom 8. auf den 9. Oktober 1944 war Tehumardi Schauplatz einer erbitterten nächtlichen Schlacht zwischen deutschen und sowjetischen Truppen. Auf beiden Seiten kämpften auch Esten mit.

      An die Ereignisse erinnert ein sowjetisches Ehrenmal. Es wurde auf der Grundlage einer 1948 eingerichteten Gedenkstätte in den Jahren 1966/67 am Strand von Tehumardi aus Beton und Dolomitstein errichtet. Die Planungen stammen von den estnischen Bildhauern und Architekten Riho Kuld, Matti Varik und Allan Murdmaa.

      Das Denkmal zeigt ein 21 Meter hohes, abgebrochenes Schwert, in das männliche Gesichter eingearbeitet sind. Auf der Anlage befinden sich neunzig rhombenförmige Betonplatten, auf denen die Namen der sowjetischen Gefallenen unter einem fünfzackigen Stern verewigt sind.
      https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehumardi
      Das zweite Bild ist aus der Wikipedia von Akra - Eigenes Werk (etwiki), CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid…
      Das dritte auch: Von Mirjam Ool - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0 ee, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid…
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    • Day17

      Saameraa Island, Estonia

      August 28, 2017 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      56 km ride today up the Sorve Peninsula. We got bussed from the Hotel to the Sorve lighthouse. This peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga.
      This was a very lovely ride- flat, sheltered and little traffic. We were able to stop and take photos. There were some lovely quaint houses and working farms. Coast with many white swans!! Just like we would see pelicans, I kept thinking they were 😊
      We went off the beaten track and cycled half the route on gravelly corrugated roads. Not everyone liked that! But we did like our lunch picnic spot.
      Along one of these tracks the front group saw a black snake cross the road. This is not a common occurrence, unlike Australia, so Minda, our guide, harassed it with a stick to get it back on the road for the rest of us to see. He gave up when it decided to strike back at him!! You could tell he's not used to dealing with poisonous snakes!!!! It was quite a big one for here.
      This had been the first time the Saameraa Island had been included in the itinerary, they used to do the smaller island of Hiiumaa.
      Our hotel had a spa centre so we had it booked from 5.30-7.30 pm. I'm not a fan of saunas but I spent an hour in and out of saunas and cold pools and muscles feel great!
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    • Day17

      Minda and Edvard

      August 28, 2017 in Estonia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Our 2 local blokes. 💕
      Mindaugas, or Minda, was our English speaking Lithuanian guide. He spoke and understood English pretty well, just had a little trouble occasionally translating a word.
      He did an excellent job at guiding us and putting up with the Aussie humour 😊
      Edvardas was our Lithuanian bus driver, who didn't speak much English. He understood some but couldn't speak it well. He spoke fluent Lithuanian and Russian and passable German. He still enjoyed the Aussies, you can still communicate pretty well with sign language and body gestures. Minda often translated between us.
      Edvardas did a great job too driving and backing the long bike trailer, keeping us on the right road and packing everyone's luggage in the minivan.
      Baltic Bike Travel 👍👍👍
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    • Day16

      Into our third country, Estonia

      August 27, 2017 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      An earlier start as we have a big 340 k bus ride and half hour ferry trip to Muhu Island then drive across a causeway to Saameraa Island. Saameraa is the largest Estonian island.
      About an hour in we cross the Estonian border.Read more

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