Vilnius looms large

I was awoken by water fowl on the nearby pond at 6am and thought I could just hear the first spots of rain on the tent……this got me into action immediately, forlornly rushing to strike camp before it was too late. However, I did a pretty good job without getting too wet, then watched the rain teem from a nearby bus shelter. Watching heavy rain from a bus shelter at 6.30am is not everybody’s definition of fun…..but we adventure cyclists are built of strong stuff….er, aren’t we?

It then continued to rain gently for the rest of the morning….quite pleasant really, especially now the wind had dropped and my average speed had risen by at least 5km per hour. But it was one of those days when I looked for meaning in unusual signage by the road. Like this, for example……what do you think it represents? (No cheating with Google images now…)

…and this. The question I need answering is this: if traffic speed is being reduced to 110kph (70mph), then what is the normal maximum speed on a dual carriageway? It could of course, be unrestricted…

At 4pm, with a 101km on the clock, it was time to do a recce for another stealth pitch around the tiny village of Musninkai, about 40km to the north of Vilnius…..and I found this corner of their church yard….

…..but I checked on the church door beforehand for mass times and, with the help of my translation app, I worked out it’s 9am in the morning. I hope to be some 20km down the road when the opening prayer is recited.

But a word of warning if you like to stealth camp…..beware of choosing a spot with a life-size statue nearby….you see, when you get up for a pee in the night, you’ve forgotten it’s there… my comatose state, I saw this human outline in the dark and it scared me witless…so now, this morning, he’s very kindly helping to dry my tent.

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on September 4, 2019, in Biking the Baltic 2,400km and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I have never cycled as adventurously as yourself, my pedalling comprises commuting to and from work with the occasional jaunt on days off. I quite like to stop in heavy rain to shelter at a bus stop, even though the windows have been kicked in. Have you experienced such vandalism on your travels this year?


  2. So far, I have seen very little vandalism or graffiti, and the environment seems well cared for. For still developing economies, the Baltic states do remarkably well with their infrastructure….

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  3. ….possibly an attribute of small states with small populations….

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  4. A much better sense of respect and discipline perhaps?


  5. Ammused and heartened to see the monk helping you dry your tent. The least he could do after interrupting your midnight pee 🤣

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