I’m alone now and the feeling is great. I can go anywhere and do anything i want. The road is open. Maribor and my couchsurf host were great, but I’m hitting the road. I’ll hit Budapest by the end of the day.
And I did. It took a lot of rides and long waits, but I made it. It really is hard to express certain feelings, but lets just say I was happy. Stupid-happy. Like, the happy that annoys people and keeps a smile on your face 24/7.
I was meant to stay only one might in Budapest and then head north to Tallinn, but the snow happened. The highway was closed after a snow storm and I was there 4 days, which let me see a ton of the city.
Eventually I left the city in a big truck hauling a race car for a rally. We stopped I went on hitching northeast through little cities like Ostrava, Katowice, etc etc, until I reached Warsaw, Poland. The hitching this far was hit and miss, but I was glad to be on my own. Some times I waited a long time, but I had no one to compete with or show up, and I was happy. for a whole in Bratislava, Slovakia, before heading on north to Brno, Czech republic. Another storm grounded me in Brno for 3 nights, but my Couchsurf hostesses were a ton of fun. I was their first guest so we posted on the forum that we were going to have a big party. Lots of Couchsurfing locals showed up and got me proper drunk. Actually, I could have left in 2 days, but the hangovers and the girls didn’t let me.
From Warsaw it was all north. First Kaunas, Lithuania, and then Vilnius. Then on to Latvia. I didn’t stop. It was one long ride after another. From Riga it was only 5 or 6 hours to Tallinn, and I was home.
I walked into my old hostel worn out. My shoes were beat, my clothes dirty. My backpack showing the miles. I was half starved and frozen and my hair over grown. I hadn’t sleep well in the few days since Brno, and was tired. I was content to stop and rest a while. After a shower I slept probably 20 hours. Tallinn: home sweet home
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