We pulled off the road shortly before the city of Kaunas and thought we had better scrub up if we were going to stroll around a city tomorrow, so in our self-sufficient style, we pulled out the Ortlieb folding bowl and made ourselves a soapy bath and freshened up. It’s a 10L bowl and I can actually get in it!!
The rising sun glowed an incredible red the next morning, so with a mosquito coil as our weapon, we jumped out of bed and joined the early commuters into the city.
You have to be a little open-minded when you weave through the suburbs of any city on a bicycle, finding your way to the center, it is never very inspiring and it can be tempting to give up and bypass it altogether. More often than not, it is always worth the effort and Kaunas was hiding a gem of an old town in the middle, well worth it!
Back on the bikes and heading south we battled against a strong headwind and the intense heat, we had not one drop of water left in our bottles and there was still 30km's to get to the next village. When we eventually made it to the small village shop, we stood outside and guzzled our way through a 5 litre bottle of water and cartons of fresh juice and milk, we also found out that it was the hottest day of the year so far in Lithuania!
There was not much point in riding, so we hid under the shade of a tree and observed the local drunks stumble backwards and forwards through the obstacle course between their little stall of dried mushrooms and the village bar. This is one thing that we have got totally used to seeing in all the country villages of Latvia and Lithuania in particular. On the whole, they are far too obliterated to be of any harm what so ever and the other villagers seem not to take any notice they are so used to it. It is a sad thing really.
Here are some photos along the Nemunas Delta Regional Park. The Neman river runs from Belarus all the way through Lithuania and drains into the Curonian Lagoon and into the Baltic Sea. It is 937 kilometres long.