I’ve done few times the border from Estonia to Latvia in Valka/ Valga. Now I rode to Möniste and south from there so we were in Latvia. I had chosen “No gravelroads” in my GPS but soon it was gravelroad anyway. We had to do about 20 kilometers detour trying to avoid those terrible gravelroads in Latvia but it wasn’t successful. Finally we checked the old narrowrail in Gulbene. That was a trip back to Soviet-time!
From the same Gulbene city we found also abandoned palace!
After riding through many small villages and incredibly boring roads we arrived in Daugavpils city -the second biggest town in Latvia.
There is Fortress area built by Russians, but the buildings in this area are in very bad condition! At least the main gate is still OK!
Route for day 2 was like this:
Day 3: From the number 1 hotel in Daugavpils it was nice to continue to Lithuania!
Right after crossing the border there a small Zarasai town and there we found this:
The original idea was to ride to Belarus but we didn’t make the travel plan that has to be made 48 hours beforehand!
We visited this nice viewing tower:
The wind was very strong at this point but we didn’t notice yet the rising thunderclouds from the southwest. Then I started to avoid the possible rain by choosing the route more east. Finally it was only a small forestroad…
So we almost made it to Belarus!!
But of course we had to turn back to the big road and route to Vilnius. After the capitol of Lithuania we finally had to change the rainsuits otherwise we’d get wet. But the rain didn’t last long. We ended up to Poland in a small Stary Folwark village near Suwaki. This was the cheapest stay in our trip. Room for 2 with breakfast was about 32€! Here’s the route for day 3: