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.
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Very nice pictures and post, Alve
As I mentioned, there was not much time for photographing. A lot of bad weather kept me just pedaling without stopping.
Once again, thank you Alve for an inspiring blog, and I love your photos especially the city one! Best wishes for an early return to Poland to continue your tour. (My planned tour from Scotland to Oslo via Germany by trike is also on hold). What is the situation in Sweden now? John.
Thank you John,
Situation here in Sweden is very fine considering the circumstances. People are allowed to be outside and no problem to go cycling. Everyone is just staying a couple of metres away from each other. I went camping last night, minus 5 degrees Celsius and a fantastic night by a lake in the forest. Feel sorry for people not being allowed to go cycling in other countries. That kind of restrictions will just make things worse. We need to exercise our bodies and minds.
Regards and good luck!
Fantastiskt! Hoppas Du får återvända till Polen och fortsätta cykla snart
Alve, it’s a pleasure to read you on this blog and the pictures are very nice. I can imagine being at your place doing this trip. Thanks for sharing this.
Thank you Stéphane!
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