Print the page content is only available to registered and logged in users and only as a tourbook!

Cycle Tour Iron Curtain Tour, part 1: Klaipeda-Grense Jakobselv

Dag 9, etape 9: Roja-Riga

busy

 

Please wait - map data are loading

Elevation profile Cycle Tour Iron Curtain Tour, part 1: Klaipeda-Grense Jakobselv

Added on 30 Jun 2017

on 09 Aug 2017

Cycle route metrics

ridden

Total distance in km

125

Cumulative elevation gain in m

523

Avg. slope uphill in %

0,42

Cumulative elevation loss in m

491

Total cycling hours

7,6

Avg. pace in km/h

16,4

GPS track data

Information about rights to the gps-track data

Rights owner

Ottocolor

Rights characteristic / license

cc0: Public Domain no Rights reserved

Link to the description of the license

creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

GPX file uploaded

by Ottocolor on 04 Jul 2017

Track points in total

1.393

Track points per km (avg)

11

Start/endpoint

Start location

Roja, Courland, LV (-3 m NHN)

End location

Riga, Vidzeme, LV (48 m NHN)

ridden on

09 May 2017

Weather

Cold, bright and overcast weather. 4 to 5°C. In the afternoon a light snow shower. Northerly winds and thus a tailwind.

Temperaturverlauf am 09.05.2017 09:0010:0011:0012:0013:0014:0015:0016:0017:0018:0019:0010°15°20°2° - 17,1°

Accommodation

The Naughty Squirrel
Kaleju iela 50
LV-LV-1050 Riga

Properties

Fifth and last day of the Iron Curtain Tour's second part from Klaipeda to Riga. Jeg caught up on the last 27 km's deficit (today's stage went from Roja in stead of Mersrags) and reached my goal of Riga at the right time.

Remarks

Departure at 12.00, arrival at 22.45, i.e. 10.45 hours with stops. Average speed with stops 11.7 km/h, Max.speed 26.6 km/h. Odometer after the stage: 861 km. Remaining distance: 3,024 km

Travel report

FB-post, May, 9, at 9.21: Hi friends of my Tour. For the second night in a row i prefer indoor accomodation. The reason is not only the winterly temperatures and the headwind that again slowed my progress yesterday, but also that I chose to decrease another 16 km of the kilometer debt I incurred on Saturday, so that I'm down on minus 27 km and have 'only' 122 km to Riga and my rest day tomorrow. And as I still wanted to do some sightseeing along my route it turned pitch dark until I arrived here in Roja, where I inteded to find a hotel. But everything was shut at 11pm. At one place a telephone number was displayed. And here an extremely friendly woman after several phone calls helped me to find the B&B, where I'm right now. The last part she guided me on my mobile phone through the dark town. I'll be this woman forever grateful, because it was nastily cold and I was really tired. This house is very beautiful and modern, situated right on the coastline. I've slept like a baby, and downstairs my hostess Laima prepares a breakfast for me. It's nice to be lucky! Thanks to sweet and helpful Latvians. They'll be tipped as they deserve, also the one who guided me to this place. Prices are really a pleasure here in Latvia. Everything's very cheap. I bet, Riga will be more expensive. The pictures show the things I saw yesterday, the baronial castle in Ventspils, a radio telescope from Soviet times at Irbene, which was a secrecy at that time. I saw the derelicht blocks of flats, where operators and soldiers had lived with their families. A true remnant of the cold war. The last picture shows Cape Kolka. Like on Skagen's "Grenen" the waves meet at the tip of Courland. I also visited the Livonian village of Kosrags out there. Very lonesome. The houses almost stand in the woods. The Livonians come from the other side of the bay of Riga. Together with Courland, Semgallen and Letgallen does it form today's Latvia. Not an easy (in Danish Latvia is called 'Letland', and 'let' means easy) country for me. Or Denmark's ice hockey national team. But now I've got a tailwind and roads are okay into Riga. Now my breakfast is ready, I can hear. I'll write again from Riga. Your cycologist Helmuth.

FB post, May, 9, at 10.01: And here's the breakfast. Please eat with good appettite. Isn't that just wonderful? In the window the Danish and Latvian flags fly unitedly. I must write in the guest book. Well, the real reason for me going that late yesterday eveing was a combination of a good dinner at Kolka, the tail wind and absolutely no traffic on a GOOD tarmac road. I met two cars on the 33 km from Kolka here to Roja! In addition to my wish to make it to Riga today it was tempting to keep on riding. I normally do hate riding in the darkness. It's only transport then, and I guess it was that yesterday. And then I was so lucky! Well, now I have finished my breakfast and you have finished reading my words for today. Have a good Tuesday at home. I wish it would grow a little warmer. 7 degrees Centigrade at a maximum today. Princely. And frost during the night. When does that heating of the athmosphere make its impact? In Denmark it's also cold, I read from you. A thousand thanks for all the comments, messages an likes. They really offer some warmth in this coldwave. Which one day will leave for warmer days. Last Friday it was 24 degrees in Lithuania. So long, poka (in Russian). Latvians do speak Russian a lot better than English and speak it voluntarily. And I'm happy to have a chance to train my Russian!

Information about copyright

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

Link to the description of the license

creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

taken over / edited on

09 Aug 2017

taken over / edited by

Ottocolor

Laima har serveret morgenmad i gæstehuset Pilava/Laimaʹs served breakfast at the guest house Pilava
Laima har serveret morgenmad i gæstehuset Pilava/Laimaʹs served breakfast at the guest house Pilava
Indkørslen til huset, der ligger lige ved stranden/The driveway of the house, very near to the beach
Indkørslen til huset, der ligger lige ved stranden/The driveway of the house, very near to the beach
Farvel til Laima og gæstehuset Pilava/Good-bye to Laima and guest house Pilava
Farvel til Laima og gæstehuset Pilava/Good-bye to Laima and guest house Pilava
Parti fra kysten nær Roja/A view of the coastline near Roja
Parti fra kysten nær Roja/A view of the coastline near Roja
Campingpladsen ved Mersrags fyrtårn var mit mål i går/The camp site at the Mersrags lighthouse
Campingpladsen ved Mersrags fyrtårn var mit mål i går/The camp site at the Mersrags lighthouse
Her spiste jeg min smurte madpakke/Here I had my packed lunch
Her spiste jeg min smurte madpakke/Here I had my packed lunch
Storkene skal vist til at bygge en ny rede/These storks have to build a new nest
Storkene skal vist til at bygge en ny rede/These storks have to build a new nest
Kirken i Klapkalnciems/The church of Klapkalnciems
Kirken i Klapkalnciems/The church of Klapkalnciems
Rigmandsvillaer ud til kysten i badebyen Jurmala/Large villas for rich people in Jurmala
Rigmandsvillaer ud til kysten i badebyen Jurmala/Large villas for rich people in Jurmala
Dynamit giver energi til de sidste 20 km/A bottle of Dynamit gves energy for the last 20 km
Dynamit giver energi til de sidste 20 km/A bottle of Dynamit gves energy for the last 20 km
Rigas borg set fra broen over floden/Riga castle as seen from the bridge across the river
Rigas borg set fra broen over floden/Riga castle as seen from the bridge across the river
Måneskin på en kold, klar aften/Moon shine on a cold and clear evening
Måneskin på en kold, klar aften/Moon shine on a cold and clear evening