Nina: Back in the (former) USSR!
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
97Trip End Feb 02, 2011
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The silver box from Ernstl that sits on the back of the bike was very broken having served us brilliantly for many months as a very secure looking box. But all the rattling along for hours and hours had cracked it badly at the attachment points and after a few minutes of rain it would be full of water, which rarely seemed to dry out again, the smell was getting quite strong from the mould that was setting in to the chipboard hidden under the metallic foil and the foam lining was not pretty
We rode for a few hours before stopping for a little rest. The sky was perfectly clear and beautiful - the first time we have seen it so nice in Finland - but we were still wearing our supersuits for the cold - the dark night and damp air was mighty chilling. We lay on the ground in the rest stop and ate M&Ms while watching for shooting stars and these strange, incredibly bright white blazes that kept appearing in the sky.
After a while we continued riding and kept going until well after midnight. We found a perfect little hidden place down a forest track where we set up our tent. After a lazy start this morning we casually continued in the direction of Helsinki - having decide to head back to Austria via the Baltic States.
In Helsinki our incredible luck showed itself again
We stopped at a petrol station to refuel and after talking to a few people about the ferry decided to go to the terminal find out the times and cost, then go back out of the city to sleep and wait for the departure. Hopefully the next morning we could also find a camping shop with a waterproof bag.
Finding the docks was easy thanks to the directions of a man at the petrol station but then working out which lane to follow and where the ferry to Tallinn actually went from was almost impossible and very stressful. Finnish roadworks are ridiculously confusing, we have gotten lost about six times trying to find our way through sections of roadworks while in Finland. As we drove around we suddenly found ourselves funnelled into a check in, more and more cars were pulling in behind us and we were trapped in and feeling very panicked
But now after a two hour trip on a ridiculously bright and spotty painted ferry we are now in Estonia, camping in a little forest just out of the city. Having found this spot in the middle of the night which is sadly now dark at these hours, we’re not quite sure if this is an appropriate spot to stop. We read that camping in the forest here is pretty tolerated so hopefully we won’t be causing anyone any stress.