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Estonia

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Randel Schutz

Randel is based in Tallinn, but grew up in southern Estonia. He’s been riding motorcycles since he was a kid and has participated in and organised different events like the Estonian Iron Butt Rally and the Streetmoto motorcycle orienteering cup.

He’s also a keen inventor, designing motorcycle luggage since 2009.

He likes to travel, has visited most of Europe, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and has plans for more.

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ROUTE INFO

Rideable from April to November. Best time from May to September.
December to March - possible snow, ice and temperature below freezing
Official language - Estonian, but english and/or russian language usually ok
Camping is allowed only in designated areas or with the land owner's approval.

Hiking on private land is allowed from sunrise till sunset.

Wild camping is usually not a problem if you don't make excessive noise, are away from buildings and take your garbage with you.

There are a huge number of free camping places and huts. There are also many that charge a small fee, but then usually they provide electricity etc. These must be booked in advance. Both free types are available all over the country.

For more information visit: www.loodusegakoos.ee/en
Driving is allowed only on roads. Using footpaths and trails or driving off road is not allowed. Driving on beaches is prohibited.

Using private roads (designated with the sign ""Eratee"") is allowed only with the road owner's approval.

The sign ""Eramaa"" (Private land) designates private land and you may enter but you must obey the rules for private land use.

Many smaller roads can be privately owned and without signs so be polite if you meet a (sometimes angry) owner and usually you'll have no problems after a chat.

Never use designated hiking trails, especially in nature parks. It can be expensive!
In Jogeva: Jogevatreff bikers meet

Motorcycle orienteering, suitable for both roadbikes and enduros, doesn't require a racing licence: orienteerumine.streetmoto.ee/

Estonian motorsport federation events

Various motocross, enduro, road racing and hill climb events can also be found

ROUTE OVERVIEW

The route generally follows the RMK hiking route from south east to north east to the capital using mainly gravel and forest roads. Shorter sections can also be more technical and there are some asphalt sections too - especially around capital. Following the hiking route means easy access to numerous campsites and sightseeing places.

Coming from Latvia, South-East Estonia has nice curvy gravel roads through pineforest and hills (for a country where the maximum altitude is 318m - the highest in Baltics!) . Visit Piusa caves and Taevaskoja sandstone cliff - the hiking trail to the cliff goes through forest with some trees up to 40m high. Cross Emajogi river by human-powered barge at Kavastu. After that, visit old fishing villages at Peipsi Lake near Kallaste and buy some dried fish. Near Jogeva, visit Elistvere Animal Parkto see some native wild animals.

After Jogeva, you head to the North-East part - an area very different to the rest of the country. Visit Peipsi Lake and take a swim in Europe's fourth largest lake. Roads in this area are more rocky because limestone is close to surface. Many small forest roads are covered with rough crushed limestone from mines. And be careful, we have also many swamps here where riding gets muddy!

You reach the northern coastline close to Aa village, can visit the 30m high Valaste waterfall and enjoy up to 40m high limestone coastal cliffs.

Northeastern Estonia is also an important industrial area where you'll see our highest man-made mountains - made of spoil from the mines. The old abandoned ash mountain in Kivioli is over 100m high and has an adventure park with different activities available. This is also a place where different motorcycle events take place including hillclimbs and sidecar motocross European championships.

Now it's time to go to Paris or rather a village named Pariisi for some pictures!

Near Tapa the Russian army had an artillery ground for tanks and the air force which is now used by NATO forces. This has left an area of mostly untouched nature, but please observe and obey the information boards and closed barriers during military excercise - or you may be attacked by Abrams tanks or A-10 Thunderbolts! But when the gates are open, you can enjoy riding on nice sandy roads through the forest.

Before finally arriving in Tallinn and the end of the Estonian part of the TET, you'll visit Linnamae hydro-electric station and the over 50m wide Jagala waterfall.

In Tallinn itself, visit the 314m high TV tower for a great view over the city and walk to the edge at over 170m if you're brave enough. With clear skies you can even see the Finnish coastline 80km away. Once a year there's a Base Jump Boogie too.

Before arrival in ferry port, drive a lap of the now closed historic Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa racing track and stop for a moment at the Joey Dunlop memorial. His tragic accident led to the closing of this track.

Before entering the city centre, take a look at Lauluvaljak - the Tallinn Song Festival grounds with its huge arc shaped stage. You can even arrange a jump from the arch.

When you reach Tallinn ferry port, park your bike and take a walk in Tallinn old town - UNESCO heritage site. Even better is stay overnight and enjoy the nightlife before starting next the TET stage in Finland.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Piusa caves
Taevaskoja sandstone cliff
Kavastu barge
Elistvere animal park
Fisherman villages near Kallaste
Peipsi lake
Valastu waterfall
Limestone cliff at northern coast
Tallinn TV tower
Tallinn old town and nightlife
Numerous gravel roads all over the country