Cycling the Curonian Spit

Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Curonian Spit is a narrow piece of land, not more than a few kilometres wide at any point, stretching from Lithuania all the way to the Russian state of Kalingrad. On the western side, if you climb to the top of the massive dunes you can see the crashing waves of the Baltic Sea, and if you follow the path through the forest to the east you find the Curonian Lagoon. It's basically just one massive slowly moving sand dune, surrounded by water, sparsely populated (except for a few villages and immaculate holiday houses) and covered with amazing pine forest.



From Klaipeda you can cycle about 50km before you need a Russian visa (something we did not have), so that meant retracing our tracks to where we started, but that didn't matter, it's incredibly beautiful to ride through and we'd gladly do it over and over again. Our obsession with the forest is growing and there is something quite magical about moving through it at bike speed. The perfectly straight trees flicker in your peripheral vision and seem to come alive, almost as if they are dancing. Even more amazing is that someone had the foresight and determination to create a paved track just for bicycles running the entire length, so with no other people around it was just us, the sound and smell of the ocean, and the motion picture-like forest.

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