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Today, we are going to enter another country and start bicycle touring in Estonia. Leaving and entering new countries within the EU or within the Schengen zone is pretty uneventful, if not plain boring since there are no more passport controls. If it were not for the blue, plain signs announcing the start of a new country, we wouldn't even know, that we had entered a new Baltic state. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Cycling Estonia Entering Estonia[/caption] Cycling through Estonia was pretty uneventful. We mostly stayed on the EuroVelo10 along the coast, which led us through a few small villages. It followed small quiet country roads and took the occasional detour on dirt roads closer to the coast.  Estonia was just as flat as the
Today we are going to cross into another Baltic state and continue our bicycle touring through Latvia. Our nicely paved road turned into a bumpy ride shortly after crossing into the country. The road suddenly resembled more of a patchwork blanket than a motorway. It also had a set of deep groves from years of cars and trucks wearing it down, which sometimes made it difficult to stay out of the main traffic. Later on during our visit in the country, we were told, that the
Before we left the campground in Sulwaki, we met another bicycle tourist from Britain, who just made it to Poland from Sweden through Finland and down through Lithuania. He had no good new for us. According to him the weather was pretty nasty for the last few weeks and he had nothing good to say about bicycle touring on Lithuanian roads nor did he think the people were very open or friendly. Supposedly most everybody just showed him the cold shoulder, looked very stern and he never got a hello back...We hope that maybe, he just had a few bad days of cycling. Well, lets see what we'll experience while bicycle touring Lithuania.
For the next few days, we continued bike touring through Poland and slowly worked our way east across Poland to reach the Lithuanian border. The riding was fairly easy along quiet, paved country roads that led through several small villages and past unique half timbered churches.
The following morning and after a short cycle up the Oder, we decided to cross over the border to start bike touring in Poland. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="800"]bike touring Poland Pangeas at the Polish border[/caption] As soon as we crossed, we lost our nice, quiet bike paths and had to share the road again. Fortunately, the roads were quiet and the drivers kept their distance.
Our little detour out of Berlin led us southeast for several miles along the river Spee until we were able to cut our way north again to the river Oder. The German-Polish border runs right along the Oder; however, we decided to stay on the German side to ride along the 'Oder Radweg'.
Here goes another day of long cycling miles to get closer to Berlin. Our long distance cycling path continues to lead us through several more villages as the weather is starting to deteriorate. Before we know it, it looks like a major storm is brewing all around us. The wind picks up, the air feels cool and wet, and the people in the villages give us a few pitiful looks, as to say...You are about to get soaked, aren't you going to get some shelter?!
The weather had changed drastically the last few days. It went from rainy and cool to unusually hot and sunny with the temperatures in the 30° C (90°s F). After a couple of failed plans of leaving, waiting for a part from Full Speed Ahead that never came, and another day of procrastinating, we had decided it was time to get going again. After all, we would like to make it up to Norway before it gets freezing up there.
After arriving in Germany and while waiting on some parts from Full Speed Ahead, we spent the next 10 days taking hikes, visiting family, the dentist, the eye doctor, and of course we

Our Hilleberg Tent

Over the past few weeks, one of our Hilleberg tent zipper sliders has not been working like it should be. So the time has come to replace the worn out slider before going any further north. After 15 months on the road and nearly a solid year of using our Hilleberg Nallo GT3 in all types of environments, it is only expected that items start to wear out.