The 25th of January
So, after a short break the idea was to go across Baltic countries to visit friend in Riga, then pay a visit to the community which lives in a house in Tallinn. First step was Bartoszyce- Riga. When I woke up the weather wasn’t really encouraging. -25 degreeds could be felt easily. Like most of the times, my father gave me a lift to the suburbs of the town. Suprisingly hitchhiking was going well, I got to the border easily. Then Russian speaking guy gave me a lift to Marijampole, where I was told not to stop, whatever. When I asked question what was he up to in Poland the anwer was ‘kontrabanda!’. Anyway, even though the guy was nice, this wasn’t the best idea to get dropped there, I got stuck for more than an hour on freaking cold. Then I found some Polish going in direction of Kaunas. After this lift I switched trucks twice using CB radio and got directly to Riga with Polish truckers. Day was good, I enjoyed hitching and my first day in Latvia. It took me around 14 hours to pass around 600km
Staying in Riga, mostly chilling with a friend was great, I hadn’t had that much of free space for months before then. After 4 days playing X-box, chilling, drinking beers and hanging around Riga I kept going down via-baltica road. Next destination was Tallinn.
The 29th of January
The weather wasn’t that harmfull anymore, temperature was around -5. Spot in Riga was perfect, I just knew that it would be impossible to be stuck for a long time on the ring of Riga. My expectations came true and I got a lift to Parnu, which was 200km ahead, 100km before Tallinn. Young guy driving with his amaizingly hot chick turned out a nice guy, we were having nice conversation all the way long.
Lift to Parnu, then detour to the hitching spot, on the road again. I enountered 2 hitchhikers, so I took the further spot. Apparentely I got a lift first, from elder lady going to Tallinn. Day was great, first days in newly discovered country as well. 2 lifts, around 4,5 hours on the road
Time spent in Tallinn I also class as well spent. Lots of people met and suprisingly nice atmosphere, in the city, as well as in the whole country. This was also my first time in Estonia and I got much more than I had expected. I thought it would be more of Russian-alike country with post-soviet atmosphere in the air, but what I saw, heard and felt was closer to Scandinavian culture. Pretty interesting, but this is how I felt – all positive though
After spending my weekend there next goal was to hitchhike 2000 KM all the way from Tallinn to Enschede, Netherlands. The idea was to hitch during the daylight to Poland, across Poland at night and during next day through Germany straight to Enschede.
The 1st of February
So, the day before we had some entertainment at Johaness’ place, where we watched movies and so on, perspective of hitchhiking didn’t look good, cause I crashed on bed 5 hours before the alarm rang. Despite that fact, I woke up at 6 am pretty easily and made my way to the spot. After around one hour of freezing, I got a ride to Parnu, with a kind, old man speaking English. Again, his kindness led to detour to the opposite side of the city, where I could hitch easily, without walking across the town. After just a while I noticed a Polish truck coming up, so I flipped over my sign from ‘Riga’ to ‘PL’, Polish truck stopped. The guy took me to Riga.
Then I got a lift across ring, where I did the same trick with board on which I wrote ‘PL’. Polish mini bus took me all the way to Suwałki. Till then, everything was going as planned, it was around 6 PM, I was behind Polish border.
Spot in Suwałki was awfull, I met some hitchhiker who had gone with train all the way from Lyon in France to Frankfurt on the border without paying, interesting ehh ? :d I got a lift after more than an hour, and the trucker actually thought I was a whore, so that’s why he picked me up, but I ended up having a lift to Augustów. Then, small disaster started. Well, not so much of distaster, but I didn’t expect it that way. I had to wait pretty much for each lift, I was getting stuck at every spot I was being dropped. It took me 4 lifts to get to the spot I wanted to be (Sochaczew – city on A2, where the main road to Berlin starts). I got there early in the morning, was around 5 I’d say. On the way there I had quite interesting ride with Russians, who I asked for a lift – classic Russian disco music, total mess in a truck and those 2 guys, speaking via CB-radio all the time). Unexpectedely they spoke Polish, clearly and fluently. When I got to Sochaczew it started going well, I got first quick lift onto the highway, then swapped 2 trucks and I was already 300~ km further, 70km before the German border. Then I got a lift to Hannover, with incredible guy ! I wouldn’t have said that he was a trucker if I hadn’t see him in a truck, so wise, talkative and intelligent.
In Hannover I again switched cars with CB radio, got a lift to the border, then once again, just few km further to the ramp, where from I caught a bus to Enschede centre. Those 2 days were also succesfull, despite being stuck over night in Poland. In general 36 hours on the road, 2000km passed.
Holland was also nothing but chilling with friends, literally. This is what I needed, this is what I got.
Then on the 5th of February I hit the road, went back home .
The way back was nothing interesting, this A30 road is pretty boring, took me 13 lifts to get back home, took me 26,5 hours to do that.
One interesting conclusion, it hadn’t happened before this trip to me.
In total I had
41 rides, of which 20 were trucks, so quite balanced.
See you one day