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Day 8 (25 Jan)

Reaching the most Northern point of this trip

sunny -5 °C
View Northern road trip on moustache17's travel map.

So if ever anyone asks you if you have seen Mariajampole, here it is;


You will have seen as much as I have seen, from my window at 8th floor. Did not get out of the hotel, straight in from the car. And next day back into the car and on the road again - heading for Latvia.


It was an "easy" trip. The road was new - famous Baltic Highway that has been built over the last few years. With all the trucks on it they are now extending it to make it a 2x2 lane highway. So in another 5 years guess you can do the whole trip from Belgium to Estonia on a 4 lane highway with speeds of min 140. You will be able to do it easily in two days - same like Belgium/South Spain, same as many used to do before cheap charter flights came in.


Quiet day. Only big difference was the weather. Bright sun out there today, and with open skies a nippy -5C!


Only a couple of hours later another border. 6 Countries in 8 days. It is not Phileas Fogg but not bad.


And finally, Riga. 2200Km on the counter. From here it will go South again in a few days. Looked at the signs on the road and Talinn (Estonia) is only another 300Km. But enough is enough.


Latvia. My international career really started here. I lived/worked NW in Ventspils but visited Riga sooooooooo many times. So next days will be a lot more than city walking, expect quite some memories. Lost of things changed, starting with the hotel I used to stay frequently and am staying now. It looks old and dated from 17 years back - but hey, in everything old there is still a sparkle left somewhere. I will see if mine is enough to fight the cold outside and get through the day.

From here it may not be daily updates any more. I will get back to you in a day or two when I have stuff on Riga.

Uz redzēšanos!

Posted by moustache17 01:11 Archived in Latvia

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Hi Hans,

ben 'mee' tot de 25ste. Hier is't ondertussen zaterdagochtend en nog 'stekedonker'. Kan me voorstellen hoe je je voelt als je GPS miserie maakt als er hier al mensen zijn die panikeren als ze zonder GPS van de bakker naar de beenhouwer moeten rijden. Ben m'n dochter ooit in Antwerpen moeten gaan 'bevrijden' (periode dat de op de baan was met een 'L') omdat ze hopeloos de weg kwijt was. Hoe is Colombus ooit in Amerika geraakt? Geniet er nog van, ik ga een vers toastje van zelfgebakken brood eten. Have fun.

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