Day 13. 72km. Frombork – Калининград

Posted: June 20, 2013 in Cycling, Poland, Russia
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I melted today on the dead straight road into Калининград. The border crossing was easy. Finding the hotel was not. Hotel Internet and money was also challenging. не работает.

Day 13. 72km. Frombork – Калининград. Map and gpx

I spent about 15 minutes at the border. The visa had to be examined very carefully but it all went smoothly. The road doesn’t pass directly through the centre of the little villages and so I didn’t see any ATMs to get some roubles. That will be easily fixed in Калининград. Other than wiping the sweat out of my eyes, I occupied myself on the dead straight road trying to read the Cyrillic script. The signposts were cool. I really felt like I was in Russia. (Well – I am in Russia).


I don’t have many photos of nice buildings or pretty landscapes. The road was straight, hot and busy through some undulating fields. There was little shade and stopping for photos in the sun would just stimulate more sweat. I was only forced off the road once to avoid a car on my side of the road in a dangerous overtaking maneuver. It all went pretty well, really.

My hotel (which I had booked on was in the University area and not at all obvious. Asking people didn’t help initially. Also, my poor Russian language skills meant that phoning the hotel was also little help. Finally I found it. My apartment is massive.


The lady at the reception was lovely. Our communications are via drawings and my bad Russian. 🙂 Internet wasn’t working there. Nor was their ATM. My first 10 minutes in the street was ATM free. I started to think that I might stay in Калининград without money. Then I found one. But. не работает.

Then all fell into place. I found money. I found the tourist information. I got organized. I wandered around a bit and have just finished dinner.

I plan to leave very early tomorrow to get out of Калининград before the traffic. I hope to make it to Lithuania tomorrow. We’ll see.

  1. Claudia says:

    Ha Matthew, hartstikke leuk om je verslagen te lezen, heb het idee dat je al heeeel lang weg bent, maar in werkelijkheid is het pas anderhalve week. Ben benieuwd wat je allemaal nog meemaakt. Veel plezier en geniet ervan. Groetjes,

    • Hey Claudia. Leuk om van je te horen. Ja. Elke dag iets nieuws en anders maakt de 1,5 weken heel lang lijken. Maar de andere kant, vliegt de tijd.
      Hoe is het met jou?

  2. Joost Maltha says:

    Very nice story Matthew! Curious what will be next!

    • Hey Joost. Great to hear from you. Greetings from Selenogradsk just before the long thin sand dune finger of land going to Lithuania. Looking forward to seeing that!

  3. Dirk says:

    Hi Cutie,

    Wünsche Dir viel Spass auf deiner Reise. Lese jeden Tag deine Berichte😃.

    Liebe Grüsse

    Snygging 😎

    • Hey Snygging. Schön von dir zu hören! Alles gut bei dir?
      Ich bin gerade in Nida in Lithuania angekommen. Sehr schön hier. Ich habe einen tollen Tag heute gehabt. 🙂

      • Dirk says:

        Alles bestens bei mir. Hoffe du kommst gut am Ziel an. Werde jeden Tag mal auf deine Seite schauen wo du gerade bist 😚. Genieß die Zeit.

        Liebe Grüsse vom Rhein

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