As most of you know by now, I am one of the participants of the www.202020.eu. After crossing Sweden, I jumped with the ferry to Åland in Finland. I have already cycled almost the whole length of Finland in November 2019, so from Åland I went straight to Tallinn in Estonia. My aim was to cycle all the way to Greece and south Italy from where I would have taken the ferry to Malta. But when I reached Kraków in Poland, the corona restrictions had caught up with me and I had to decide, stay in the area for what ever time is needed or try to get home and wait there.
This blog entry is a mishmash of different photo styles. Some photos are informative, others are there because I like them. I hope you can appreciate the images.
Åland Maritime Museum
They have a long nautical tradition in Åland. Several large sailing vessels had Åland as their home port. A visit to their Maritime Museum is a must.
Nature & some culture on the island of Åland
Street photography in Tallinn
On the road in Estonia
Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best when I travelled through Latvia, therefore I do not have a lot of photos from this region. I mostly just zoomed along the roads trying to get south as soon as possible.
The Warmshowers.org is a fantastic community of bicycle tourists and those who support them. In this group we help each other according to our possibilities. We can offer and receive help for everything from a simple shower, tenting on the backyard or offering food. It is also a way for people to get to know each other and for travellers to get to know the local customs and culture. If you are interested in cycling, then I strongly recommend that you became a part of this group.
Things break sooner or later, and just outside the town of Alytus, a part of my rear axle construction broke. Fortunately, Žymantė Bernatavičiūtė and Aivaras Matulevicius where there to help me. In just half an hour they organized so that I was able to find a welder and a place where to take apart the rear axle of the velomobile. After two nights in Alytus I was able to continue the voyage.
Street photography in Kraków
Corona is stopping my cycling
The border to the Czech Republic was closed for travellers because of the corona virus. I had to decide to either stay in Poland for as long as needed or travel home until the border opens again. Travelling home by land was not possible since the ferries from Poland to Sweden did not go. I desided to fly home via Amsterdam and Paris. I will continue my trip as soon as possible.