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Paide, quiet ride through the forest — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Mike:

    I am enjoying reading your daily stories! I imagine you must be basking in the rapidly increasing daylight afforded at northern latitudes in summer, but judging by the pictures, it appears that spring hasn’t quite made it there yet. Otherwise you wouldn’t be shopping for hats in Latvia.

    Today I am having lunch with three professors from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, who teach at the Nizhny Novgorod Commercial Institute there. I met them earlier this morning, and found out this city is on your route (about 5 hours by train southeast from Moscow). Our university is establishing a student/faculty exchange program there. Someday I will get to visit and teach there.

    I also noted that your travels wiill take you through Chelyabinsk, in south-central Russia. I know about this city because Becky’s mother adopted a 12-year-old girl there six years ago. I’ve read a lot about that city.

    I’ve also followed through many of your links to find out all I can about the Trans-Siberian Highway. I envy you being able to take on this challenge, and wish you continued safe passage.

    Best wishes,


  2. Thanks Nick.

    The northern daylight is nice. It doesn’t seem to get dark until 9pm and is light before 6am. Temperatures are still variable, snow isn’t out of the question but was also told it reached 20C in Narva yesterday. I have noticed in some of the other trip reports I found that there are photos of cyclists in cold weather rain gear in middle of summer so expect the Latvian hat will last for a bit.