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Day 18: Augustów to Nowogrod 

Safely at camp, we are staying at a college, they rent out the rooms in the summer break. All the women are in one room and the men are in another. We are in a Geography classroom.

Long day today, 135k at 35 degrees. All good, feeling ok.

Day 19: Nowogrod to Pułtusk 

Another long day – 125k. Got here safely but no update today as my iPad is not working. Mr PC guy can’t fix it so I will have to take it to the iPad store in Warsaw tomorrow.

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Day Four: Saka to Kasmu

366km down: 5,859km to go.

108km ride today from Saka to Kasmu. The first 52km were dirt roads then highway, luckily after lunch the last 56km were through forest – mostly downhill. Tonight we are staying at Lainela Camp. Last night was my first night camping – it was also the first night of rain, but I managed to stay dry.

Tomorrow is 85km to Tallinn, then a rest day. The riding is going ok, looking forward to a rest day though.

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Day Three: Kingisepp to Saka

258km down: 5,967km to go.

Today we left Russia for Estonia, heading to Saka. We cycled 95km. There was a different atmosphere as soon as we crossed the border out of Russia into Estonia. The road went through fields of wheat and canola, kilometre after kilometre of it.

The first half of the ride was highway, then country road – no more trucks, yay. I managed to put up my tent successfully.

I have plenty of stories for the blog, but unfortunately our accommodation only had Wifi, which is only good if you have a laptop or iPad.

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This blog is now up to date with the latest text from Kaye received at 1:30 this morning (NZ time).

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Day Two: Peterhof to Kingisepp

163km down: 6,062km to go.

Arrived safely in Kingisepp last night (Monday), after cycling for 118km.  Today (Tuesday) we leave for Estonia, hopefully I will find an internet café there to update you all on my travels.

Tonight we are staying at the Saka Cliff Hotel and Spa overlooking the Baltic Sea – it sounds very posh but of course we will be in tents in the campground.

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If you are interested, you can check out the official blog of the trip here: http://www.tourdafrique.com/tours/amberroute/blog

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The ride begins: day one

45km down: 6,180km to go.

Day eight of my trip, and day one of the cycle journey – off we go!

We were meant to set off at 7am today (Sunday) and the kitchen was going to open for breakfast at 6:30 for us. However it opened at the usual time of 7am, so we  didn’t set off until 8am.

We had a guide to take us out of the city to Peterhoff and he showed us some of the important sites on the way, including the square where the Russian revolution started. It was only small ride today so we were at the hotel by lunch time. It was very strange riding on the other side of the road.  I was interested to note that I put the opposite foot down when stopping compared to most of the other riders, which of course makes sense as you get used putting down the foot closest to the kerb.

It was my first experience of riding in 30-plus degrees, it will take a bit of getting used to. 115kms tomorrow in this heat will be an expeiernce but no doubt will get quickly acclimatised to it, plus it is flat for the first week.

Interesting points for today

  • There are over five million people in St Petersburg alone.
  • As there are only about 30 summer days that there is no rain, and it is 30ish degrees, the Russians make the most of every park – there numerous people sunbathing on the benches by the canals.
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