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Heading for the Estonian border

Bike repairs & chance meetings

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After a leisurely breakfast I checked the bike over, tyre pressures needed topping up as did the oil and then I noticed that the headlight bulb had blown...waht a pain in the ass that was and to top it all the mounting was broken, thanks to the russian road! So after a quick "bodge " job with duck tape, I was ready to go. Then a voice in English said "I didn't expect to see a English Man in Russia".. there were a couple of guys staying at the same Hotel and the voice was from a German guy. We had nice chat and it was good to talk to someone in English.
by the time I set off it was 11.00am so I decided to head for the border at Ivangorod, with the added joy of more crap roads..lol
At a small town called Luga at a fuel stop, I met a really interesting Russian guy who spoke good English and have travelled the world. I love these random moment when you can just sit and talk to a total stranger and come away feeling good.

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Arrived in Ivangorod at 6pm and drove past the Hotel once and after asking the local police for direction, I looked up and saw it infront of me!
The road to the hotel had been dug up and as I rode up my side stand "bif foot" caught and flew off into the fence! oh well another job for the morning...
After a quick shower I walked to the restuarant next door where there were two local drunks trying to eat and talk to me in Russian at the same time.. I seem to attract nutters...lol
The next morning after fixing the side stand I set off for the border, five minutes down the road. The place was empty and after the usual paperwork formalities and getting told off for crossing the white line I was told to "Go"... so I did. The Estonian border was simple, passport and "bike passort" V5 to you and I.
Then I was off, smooth roads, courteous drivers and road signs that I could read...lol
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Heading for Tallin I decided to change direction and head for Tartu and I am so glad I did, what a beautiful City and I met two bikers from German, he is an actor and his wife was a ballet dancer. Great conversation and they bought me lunch. Another random meeting...
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Tomorrow Ihead for Haapsalu and a campsite that my son and I camped in 2003, hope it is still there...

Posted by Speedmaster58 09:20 Archived in Estonia

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