|From the Baltic Bike Travel website: www.bbtravel.lt|
So excited! Finally, this meanderer gets to do some more off-road meandering. By that, I mean digging around for ghosts still calling for me from overseas. I’ve put down my deposit for a September bike tour from Riga, Latvia, through Lithuania, the Kaliningrad Oblast to Gdansk in Poland. Maybe I’ll find some remnants of my family. An old linden tree, perhaps? Stones, for sure. Amber, maybe. I'll get to hear the rhythm of those Baltic waves pounding the sandy beaches and shiver in the Baltic's salt spray. Can't wait!
For years now, I’ve been immersed in history books, photographs, films and memoirs set in East Prussia of the 1930s and 40s. I've been digging up my mom’s tumultuous, pre-Canadian, life.
Biking seems to be the right way to appreciate this natural and historical landscape. Now, if only Manitoba's snow would go away so I could get my cycling muscles into shape.
Good time for more research. I’ll share some of my reading material soon. Check out the images haunting my dreams here.