Nordkapp – Day 13 – Tallin -> Riga, 309 km
I got up really early in the morning it is rare for me to go down for breakfast at 7am, but surprise, surprise. I knew that the road to Riga before me was not so long, but I wanted to have enough time to visit it. The road to Riga didn’t take me long because it was a little above 300km.
After getting to Riga, I went directly to the campsite which was probably the only one in the city and situated about 4km from the Old Town. Well, it’s not a ‘real’ campsite but it’s got everything you need and grass where you can pitch up a tent and a shower in the barrack. The washbasins are on the outside and there’s a kind of reception with WiFi. When I decided to stay there for the night, it bucketed down. Okay, I have to admit that I became a little lazy and wanted some comfort. To add to this I thought that I would have to go on foot to the Old Town and return. I bought WiFi for 3 Euros and started to look for a hotel in the centre. After 30 minutes I was at a hotel called Tia. You will find it on the map but it doesn’t look too good on the outside, something like an office building from the 1970s. With my soul on my shoulders I bought myself accommodation at 40 Euros, including breakfast. To my surprise, when I entered the room I saw new furniture, cleanliness and nice fragrance. The bathroom was also quite new, something in the IKEA style. To add to that, my motorbike was in secured parking with round-the-clock security. The centre was 10 minutes away on foot. I did well. The following morning I had the opportunity of eating a really good tasty breakfast, which was served, in the form of a buffet.
Riga is the most beautiful city I have seen during my trip and moreso, it’s the most beautiful city I have ever seen. It has a huge Old Town with beaufiul, high and restored tenaments and loads of bars and restaurants. It is full of toursits and pleasant locals. I was impressed and on that particular day, I returned back late to my hotel.
Advice: Before leaving, it is worth checking the available Internet packages with your mobile operator. I knew that I would use the Internet quite a lot. Also I planned to work a few times online. There is the so-called Pakiet Atlantycki at Plus GSM and for 162 PLN I obtained 2.5 GB of bandwidth, which was completely enough for me. During the trip, there was no Internet only at one camp. I also noticed that there is WiFi at every Esso station but sometimes you have to ask for the access code.
Equipment: ELECTRONICS. There was quite a bit of it. I listened to music with Spotify on the phone (before leaving I downloaded the playlist locally) and audiobooks from the Audio Library. I have an intercom Interphone F5 on my helmet. Then it’s the GPS: Garmin Zumo 590 lm, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (it is also a backup phone) and a webcam for the camera, two GoPro Hero4, one on the helmet, the other on a stick. The compact camera with the lens is a little better. I have to admit that the photos on the camera always come out nicer. To add to that there was a charger and cables, I always too double the amount of USB cables taking because they ceased to work on several occasions. There was also the additional POWERBANK so as not to run out of electricity (I think I used it once).