Ex-Rīga

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for joining me as I embark on a journey by bicycle around Latvia.  The journey commences on Tuesday 28th May, 2019.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln.

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My journey commences in the city of Rīga, the capital city of Latvia.  I will be conducting an intranavigation of Latvia by touring bicycle over the next fifty days, or so.

About this word “intranavigation”, well, I made it up.  I had originally told people that I was going to circumnavigate Latvia.  However, for me to complete a circumnavigation of Latvia would require a bicycle with amphibious capabilities.  Clearly I don’t have that.  It would be more truthful to say that I’ll be riding around Latvia while (mostly) staying fairly close to the Baltic coastline, or Latvia’s various borders with Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, and Estonia.  I’ve decided to coin the term “intranavigation” to describe what I’m doing, because circumnavigation would not be the correct word.

But it’s not only about keeping close to Latvia’s national boundaries.  I intend to do several inland excursions along the way to various places of interest, and I’ll make a few sneaky cross-border trips into Lithuania and Estonia as I progress along my intended path.  Before anybody asks, I will not be making any journeys into Belarus or Russia.  Let’s keep this tour visa-free!

A bit about myself:  I am an Australian born and raised Latvian citizen.  This isn’t the first time I’ve gone touring by bicycle in Latvia.  I did a smaller 510km tour through Latvia’s Kurzeme region back in May 2014.  This time, I may very well exceed 2000km of cycling over 50 days.  I’m not out to break any world records.  This is strictly tourism by means of a fully-loaded Polish-manufactured Kross Trans Siberian trekking bike.

Tomorrow I am leaving Rīga.  I will follow the Eurovelo 13 “Iron Curtain Trail” as far as Plieņciems on the coastline of the Gulf of Rīga.  There, I’ll camp the night before moving onward the next day.

I truly hope you will follow me on this journey.

 

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