The idea was to ride from the south parts of Lithuania to Riga, Jurmala or Sigulda. But the weather forecast didn’t agree with my idea! There was crazy thuderstorm in that area and it wasn’t moving anywhere!! So I choose the route more east.. and the whole day was about trying to avoid the rain! So almost all day we had dark clouds on our left side…
It seemed that we would finally enter the Daugavpils (again) and I wasn’t too excited about this! -I didn’t wanna spend the afternoon and night in a same town where we were before! Just before we crossed the Latvian border we at least saw something nice! But this windmill was pretty much ruined already -what a pitty.
There was a chance to choose the road straight north… And we were also talking that maybe we could ride in the rain also to get further… And when we arrived to Jēkabpils I had to stop and fill the tank. This was perfect timing!! While I was in the gas-station it started raining (like crazy)!
So me and my wife decided to stay here if there was a hotel or a nice guesthouse. And there was! Unfortunately this place was the worst in our trip!! It was very old house where they had made somekind of renovation but it wasn’t very good quality! The door was hanging about 1cm and it was difficult to close it. The worst part was the bed… It didn’t have any mattress pad… And in the morning when we wake up we both had some pain in the back! Luckily there was at least something to see in this town and the restaurant was very nice!
So we were already by the same sea where we live and it really felt like home is close. Today we were riding small countryside roads of North Poland. Some of the roads were not in good condition at all!! After one road we had to keep 10 minutes break just to give some rest to our butts!!!
The northern parts of Poland is beautiful! And also if the road is in good condition it can be very nice ride!
Then we also crossed the border to Lithuania and it really started to feel that we are going home… Except the weather forecast didn’t look too good for next day!
We took a guesthouse in Marijampole town and after quite nice dinner we made a short walk in local city park.
First I have to confess that this is my mistake! I didn’t read the conditions about making the change or cancelling the booking! But since I’ve been using booking.com quite many times (more than 50 bookings made!) I didn’t think this would be possible!
This guesthouse has this “special condition” about the cancellation (and possible changes). It says: “Please note, if cancelled or modified, 100 percent of the first night will be charged. Deposit: 100 percent of the first night may be charged anytime after booking.”
I made my booking in the beginning of december and then I cancelled it about 2 weeks later (and 7 months before the actual arrival time!!) So due to the regulations and this special condition I lost the whole amount of money already 7 months before I ever made any trip!!
This is not possible here in Finland! But maybe in Lithuania it is possible to cheat travellers like this! And for us motorcycle riders it is quite impossible anyway to make this in-advance bookings because you don’t know what happens tomorrow…
Here is the guesthouse: http://aismares.lt/
And here is their page in booking.com: https://www.booking.com/hotel/lt/aismares-guest-house.fi.html If you’re using booking.com to find a place to stay, please always read the notes and conditions about cancellation or making changes to your booking!
I also put very negative feedback to trip advisor and google!
Start of the tour was supposed to be from Sigulda this morning. And it was… but there was 3 bikers still missing from the group.
7 others started tour with a quite long day (almost 500km’s) and route was full with only straight road (and more of straight road!) We started from Latvia, rode throught Lithuania and finally we arrived to Poland.
We had nice 26 degrees (Celsius) weather.
The route of the day was like this.
And accommodation is here. The restaurant with this guesthouse is one of the best in this small city.