Arrival at Jäneda, Wima Rally 2017
Cheers, hustle and bustle, cheerfulness!
Today is the last day of the arrival tour! Tonight we are already in Jäneda and celebrate the WIMA Rally 2017 for the next 5 days.
The journey so far has been exciting, interesting, varied and accompanied by many wonderful impressions. It is almost impossible that our Estonian Wima’s can top this with the rally itself even more.
We enjoy the early morning and enjoy our breakfast once again, because it will be a long day.
The first half of the next 320 km lead us along the coast, the other half of the road leads us from Pärnu into the interior of the country.
It takes unexpectedly long until we reach the border to Estonia, just before Pärnu.
Before that, we drive through the foothills of the Positivus Festival in Salacgriva, with its miles of camping sites along the road. The festival stage itself is a little bit staggered into the forest.
The crowd of people is huge, the last day of this 3-day open air event obviously attracts a lot of listeners.
In the meantime, in good tradition, there is again a felicitous photo session at the border, which is in the process of being restructured, but still, with three motorcycles, a woman finds a quiet place in the middle of chaos.
We leave the highway to get an Estonian flag in Pärnu, so that we have a more decorated motorcycle at the entrance to Jäneda (we brought our flags with us)
In the morning we woven the blue, black and white woolen braids into our hair already.
The colors blue=trueness and trust, black=the ancestors and the past, white=snow and future which shall be symbolized by the Estonian flag, are already supported by us. Unfortunately there is no souvenir shop in Pärnu, and so we leave shortly after, without having done anything, for the interior.
Traffic will be reduced and limited to individual cars and trucks that will soon disappear from view.
At a construction site traffic light we are stopped and watch a truck, which keeps the torn road in front of us with plenty of water dust free.
After a while the traffic light changes to green and off we go. D At high speed we drive eastwards for the next few kilometers, and eventually we pass the water distributing truck on the way. But it’s too late, the motorbikes are already full of mud splashes up to the seat.
Well, it’s raining again soon anyway; -) Then it’s best to add a dusty layer, then most of it will fall off by itself. And so I went on at a fast pace along the gravel road. Every now and then a car, bus or truck comes towards us, apparently the traffic lights have only a symbolic value? But as an Austrian woman is used to dealing with cultural idiosyncrasies in a flexible way, so we will do this in the future; -)
The negative: A clean motorcycle is quite the opposite. The positive thing is that the motorcycles look as if we had covered half of the journey on gravel roads. That means we are now real adventure motorcyclists! 😉
We continue our journey shortly afterwards, and that what has not happened yet, is happening all the time now: We come across Wima groups, at gas stations, cafés, or in front of restaurants where we pass by.
Most of them are from Germany, but also Britons and Poles are there. We also stop briefly for refuelling, but we continue on, after such a long journey we finally want to arrive.
It still takes a relatively long time, until shortly after Aravete, when the first time Jäneda is written to. The direction is right, the way is clear, so let’s go onto the final streak!
We mount our Austria flags and are looking forward to the finish line after about 2750 km of an exciting and varied ride.
About 12 km before Jäneda we leave the main road and turn north at Käravete (hmm, the name comes to me well as I have heard it before?) and the tension rises. The pictures of the manor house were already very inviting, now it will be a ladies residence for the next 5 days. A classic Estonian property, like many others that we have already seen along the roads along our way so far, lovingly restored and surrounded by lakes and meadows.
This greeting has something of Benjamin the elephant, but also other words like Aithä (thanks) sound for our ears first after something else. But more about this in the evening, even if we don’t know it yet.
First the formalities are done and then we go to the room with our welcome goody bag.
First a little ballast in the form of robe and helmet is thrown in the room and then back to the motorcycle to bring the remaining bags and suitcases into the room.
While the others are looking around the area, Versya use the early arrival to hike a little on Svenja’s paths.
Here we will find the food and also the respective evening events according to the Program folder.
Hopefully it doesn’t rain too often, otherwise the whole thing will be a wet and cool affair at the expected average temperatures of 14-20 degrees Celsius.
We pass the time with an improvised band from all women’s countries and have our fun. When the food finally arrives, I believe at almost 10 pm, it is very good, after all. Let’s hope that tomorrow, when all the Wimas are here, everything will run more smoothly.
Since it is much too late this time, there is no time for the diary. As tomorrow is the official arrival day and the official program starts in the evening, we will plan a tour for tomorrow, but we do have some ideas.