Dovilų Karjeras, another nameless lakeMay 26, 2019 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌧 10 °C
We're wild camping once again, this time in a small gravel car park looking out over the calm waters of a shallow lake with sandy shore. No doubt this lake has a name locally, but it isn't published on any of our online maps.
We've had a bit of good news. The replacement door handle we ordered from an Italian company has been shipped so with any luck, it will arrive at the UPS office in the Lithuanian seaside town of Klaipeda before too long 🤞 We've therefore headed westwards today, deliberately avoiding the motorway for most of the time in order to get to know the country better. The weather has turned chilly and wet, so its a good day to travel.
Keeping our eyes open for fuel, we pull in at a station selling cheap LPG and diesel for just €1.09 per litre! It's cash only, but luckily we have enough notes to fill the tank. Accross the road is a kebab trailer in a small car park with wooden shelters and picnic tables. We've made our own meals since arriving in Lithuania 5 days ago so we make an impulse decision to sample some street food. The servers speak a little English (and take cards) so Will ends up with a tray of skrudinti koldūnai (roasted dumplings stuffed with sausage meat) while Vicky has fries with a salad that includes pickled cabbage, carrot and gerkin. The whole lot comes to €4.30.
Continuing on, passing through the outskirts of Kuliai town, we skirt round our nameless lake on a narrow track, choosing the farthest parking area. Here, a backdrop of pines and shoreline reeds make it feel more rural, although its a shame about the litter. Will picks up the worst and disposes of it in the large bin provided.
The only other car belongs to a fisher, but other vehicles soon arrive. A family with teenage children bravely bear the intermittent rain to bbq and spend quality time together. Meanwhile groups of guys in their mid twenties, huddled in hooded puffa jackets, stand around their cars listening to loud music and getting noisily drunk. Somehow it doesn't seem as antisocial as it would in the UK. Possibly because we're new to the country, possibly because more people do it. But they are no trouble and in a way its nice to see friends outside, talking and enjoying each other's company.
Well, the evening wore on and it rained and rained and rained, right through to the following afternoon. The EU election results were announced and the success of the Brexit Party was the first headline in every bit of news. Although analysis shows remain votes outnumbered leave, we worry what Nigel Farage's populist success will mean for the Conservative leadership election, the future of the UK and our post October travels. Here in Lithuania, we've seen very few political posters, despite the country electing a new president on the same day. At 53% their turnout was better than our mere 37%.
With the pitter patter of raindrops on the roof, we stayed indoors, editing videos, updating our journey map, blogging and binging on YouTube with plenty of cuppas on the go. After lunch Vicky got her wellies and umbrella out for a wet walk. The snails were certainly enjoying the weather on the tarmac cycle track alongside the lake, less so on the muddy road that branched off to the side. We've seen a number of good quality walking and cycle routes which look as if they've been recently created. There is definitely a sense that Lithuania is working well to improve its infrastructure. At this stage many routes lead to a dead end. We've no doubt that in time, the country will develop a great network of paths, providing options for circular hiking and biking trips.
The evening sees the return of the sun and with it, the groups of guys in their cars. Come 10pm Vicky goes to bed, only for the van walls to start reverberating with the booming bass of their 'music'. It's disappointing when we look out in the morning and see more litter strewn on the grass than when we first arrived. Oh well, time to move on.Read more