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Lithuania

Your Linesman

Vainius Gabalis

Born and raised in the city of Kaunas, I always wanted more – to escape and leave the concrete jungle far behind. At the first opportunity, I got my motorcycle licence and life has never been the same since!
Unpaved roads led to fire roads and single tracks which sometimes ended where no tracks have ever been. The outdoor-me inside had started to enjoy what the world could offer and I sought out every opportunity explore! Paved and asphalt roads became such a boring experience that now I would rather take a significantly longer, unpaved track than head straight to my destination on the paved one. This all sees me covering more than 10,000km per year in our small country on the various bikes that I now own – that’s the equivalent of about 5 times around the perimeter of my country! Being so outdoorsy means that I have to travel a lot to get my fix, so, under my travel belt, I now have more than 25 countries and counting, ranging from 4×4 in Iceland to scooters in the Philippines!

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

  1.  Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid
  2. If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group
  3. Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble
  4. Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines
  5. Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse
  6. On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them
  7. Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone
  8. Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

Lithuanian, English, Russian
A number of great places for camping can be found when traveling in Lithuania.

It shouldn't be forgotten that if you want to set a camp on private land, the landowner's permission must be obtained first. If the landowner cannot be found, the camping site must be left the way it was found (no garbage, no damage to the property, etc.).

Our country is rich in lakes, rivers and streams. Many beautiful and secluded places to camp can be found next to them. In most cases that is not prohibited.

Only in some national parks might you need to purchase a visitor ticket and set up camp only in designated places.
The Lithuanian TET is all legal to ride.

It’s important to remember that in Lithuania it is strictly forbidden to destroy or otherwise damage the forest floor.

It is strictly forbidden to ride on footpaths in the national parks, where there are signs forbidding motorised traffic or if the path is not on maps of the park. If these rules are broken, you may be fined.

In Lithuania it is also better to avoid military training areas as military exercises may be taking place there. Before entering the training area, you should check whether there is no exercise at that time (information is usually hung at the entrance, in Lithuanian).
APL (July)

Motorturism Rally (August)

Enduro Rally (October)

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Lithuania is rich in lakes and forests. The route covers gravel and forest roads. All roads are legal and it is allowed to ride them. But before travelling you should always check if there are recent changes of their status, and if you see the prohibition signs, please choose an alternative route. The journey should not require any special enduro skills, it will let you to relax and enjoy the landscape of Lithuania.

While following the route you will not only get familiar with the Lithuanian landscape, but also will visit many interesting and unique places: the longest pedestrian bridge, tree top trail and springs. It will pass through a great number of mounds, some of which are marked on the map. Fans of culinary heritage will have a chance to get acquainted with high-quality Lithuanian beer. In Biržai there are several locations where the beer history and production process is explained. Visitors can aslo sample the beer - it's perhaps better not to drive after the tour! History fans will be able to visit two abandoned missile bases and other fortifications. The route is full of interesting sights for every taste.

The summer travelers will always be able to take a refreshing dip in the lakes or the rivers since the route passes by many of them.

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