The road between Kaliningrad and Klaipeda is located on a natural strip on land creating a lagoon. In my mind I’d imagined a built up road going over the ocean, but it’s quite wide. In fact wide enough that you can’t see the water on either side, unless you park up and walk half a Km or so.
I would have done that but I had a problem at the border, which took me over 3 hours to cross – so I wasn’t in the mood for stopping again so soon. But back to the border for a moment….
The sniffer dog found something it liked in my pannier. I’d made myself a salami sandwich for lunch, but no meat is allowed to be brought into Europe. The guard wasn’t impressed and wanted me to throw it in the bin. It was lunchtime so I said I’d eat it there and then. He said there wasn’t time, there was a queue and I had to leave immediately. He was quite animated.
OK I said, but you given me back my paperwork yet. He went back to the cabin where his female colleague was checking everything. They both came back and told me my bike registration had expired! I’d been using the same document everywhere and this is the first time anyone had noticed!!
My bike is registered of course, and I had the current registration document. It knew was in my pannier so I wasn’t too concerned. The guy was looking uber serious. “Give me papers, give me”.
OK I said, I’ll just finish my sandwich.
It didn’t go down well. (The comment that is. The sandwich was delicious ;-).
Anyway, I finally made it into Lithuania unscathed. Just past Klaipeda there’s a river with no bridge. You need to take the ferry across, which I quite enjoy. Just after I’d taken this photo, the guy came round to collect the money. At this point I realised I didn’t have any Litas left. (Lithuania won’t adopt the euro until 01/01/2015).
Do you take Euros? No.
Do you take Rubles? No.
US Dollars? No.
I just smiled and shrugged. He decided I wasn’t worth the effort and just walked off. It’s been quite a day really!!