Terry Galka


Terry Galka

My wife and I love to travel via bike touring. We have traveled several times in our native Wisconsin. We have also traveled to Europe, bike touring several times. These blogs are some of our travels.

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Madison July 9th 2015

No biking todayWarm but cloudy. Later some drizzle.Travel day. Got up, ate breakfast at hostel. Packed for the flight. Had some spare time and walked around Riga one last time. Stopped at the Cathederal of St Gertrude - patron saint of travelers.... read more
Bike Graffiti in Riga while waiting for bus to airport
On the bus to the Airport in Riga
Pam at Riga Airport

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Jurmala July 8th 2015

No biking today, but did train and walk quite bit. Woke to cool overcast skies, later sprinkled intermittently until early afternoon. Then sun came out and heated up. Woke ate at hostel, granola, wild blueberries, lox, bread, tea and coffee - same as yesterday. Bought train tickets to Jurmala. We had read about this resort/spa area up the west coast, only 20 km from Riga. It has 5 miles of fine white sand beaches, with shallow waters of the Baltic sea. The train took about 30 minutes to get to Majori in Jurmala. We were met with a slight drizzle when we exited the train at Majori. We had brought umbrellas and extra clothes.Initially need them. We walked along the main tourist street - Jonas iela, where souvenir shops and restaurants line the carless street. We ... read more
Another Russian Historic wood home on Jonas iela
Selfie on streets of Jurmala
From tower Dizintaru park. Looking out at Baltic Sea.

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 7th 2015

Today we biked about 15 miles for a total of 472 miles. Warm, but not hot. No rain but breezy at times. After breakfast, wondered about some. Met at the Bike shop for our 2 planned bike tours today. Marcus, who is a transplanted Aussie, took us on a tour of the Kipsala, the Citadel and Art Noveau neighbors. Looked at redevelopment and refurbishment of Russian Wood Historic homes. Most have been torn down, but there is a movement to save this old relics from the Russian Empire ( not Soviet). They are mainly in Kipsala, on the other side of the river from Old town Riga.We also visited the Art Noveau area and identified several fascinating buildings in ... read more
Kipsala island in Riga - example of Russian Historic building
1905 statue dedicated to the Worker ( pre-Soviet era)
Front of Russian Orthodox Church in Moscovy section in Riga

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 6th 2015

No biking today. Started warm and part Early partly cloudy, later in late afternoon, rain began, with some thunderstorms. Rain ended early evening , but cooler. Got up at 6:00 am, ate scant breakfast. Boarded bus for Riga at 7:00 am. Arrived in Riga at 11:30 am. Went back to our Hostel in Riga - Cinnamon Sally and got set up at our new digs. We left a bag of our clothing here when we went to Vilnius. Walked around Riga some, but rain started. Finished reading the book, " the Devil in the White City". Excellent detailed book, but very creepy. H.H. Holmes is a certified sociopath. Anyway, need to find a new book. I read this and other books on the iPad. Works pretty good. Went to eat at Lido Restaurant. This is a ... read more
Starred waterfalls at park near hostel in Riga
Small river in Riga in Zpark
More Art Nouveau Architecture in Riga

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 5th 2015

Today we did not bike, but walked a lot. Warm to hot, depending if you were in the shade. Nice wind if up at higher elevations. Definitely a sunblock day. Ate breakfast at our flat. Walked to National Cathedral and Museum complex. The climb to the upper castle was easy on this very hot day. It provided a commanding view of Vilnius. Went to the top of the tower, looked at various exhibits here. Then went to the National Museum. Looked artifacts and castle remnants mainly from 1350 to 17th century. Very interesting Lithuanian history lesson. Later had lunch at Japanese restaurant and sushi. I had "warm" sushi, which was very good. Later went to Museum of Genocide. This the building where the Nazis and Soviet era KGB performEd their ghastly work. Overall pretty depressing. They ... read more
Attempted panoramic at upper Castle
Yet another panoramic at upper castle in Vilnius
National Museum of History in Vilnius - tiled furnace

Europe » Lithuania » Trakai July 4th 2015

Biked about 25 miles today for a total of 457 miles. Sunny and hot today. Reached nearly 90 F. Ate breakfast at our flat. We had picked our bikes last night at the bike shop here in Vilnius. They gave us great directions to get to Trakai. We followed as prescribed until I noticed my day backpack had slipped out of my rear rack spring loaded clamp. This has credit cards, ID, money and iPhone in it. I had to double back to finding before some vagrant struck it rich. After about 2 miles there it lay on the sidewalk, untouched. Had a bit of a scare. From here on I cared it on my back, even though it was a very hot day and this increased perspiration considerably. The ride to Trakai was fun and ... read more
Southern Trakai lakes
Pam goes for swim
Inside castle at Trakai

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 3rd 2015

Biked about 2 miles today for a total of 432 miles. Sunny and warm to Hot. Cooler in the shade. Absolutely no rain. Got up at 6:30 am to catch the 7:30 am bus to Vilnius. Road with Ecoline bus service - free coffee, tea, WiFi. Straight shot from Riga to Vilnius on freeway. Arrived at 11:15 am. Left our gear at la ocker, as our AirBNB room would not be ready until 3:00 pm. We went on a walking tour in the old town and in the fictious republic of Uzupis, created by drunken artists and now celebrated by locals and tourists. Good overview of Vilnius centrally. Had a difficult time finding our new home, but it was worth it. It is a studio apartment near the only left gate to the old city called ... read more
Sign at entrance to fictious Republic of Uzupis
Statue of mermaid along river in Uzupis
Swing on river in Uzupis

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 2nd 2015

Today we biked about 6 miles for a total of 430 miles. The weather warm, felt hot at times, but in the shade you could still feel some coolness in the air. Had a fine breakfast at our Hotel - Livonia in Sigulda. Biked to the train station, but they changed the earliest time to 13:49 which we did not like. We ended up taking the bus, which was cheaper. For packing the bikes on the bus it was 2.30 € for both bikes. Pleasant ride. Riga is a big city with all the usual accoutrements. It seems much bigger than Tallinn. Bobbie and Gary are staying in the Opera Hotel. We are staying in the Cinnamon Sally Hostel - 4 bed dorm room. Shared shower and bathroom. A step down from we had gotten used ... read more
Blow up of Plaque for Cinnamon Sally Hostel
Art nouveau image on Alberti st
Doorway on Alberti st

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda July 1st 2015

Today Pam and I biked 31 miles for a total of 424 miles. Started partly cloudy, but eventually partly sunny. Very good biking weather. Had a tailwind for a short time. Had a nice breakfast at Igate Pils. Left at 9:11 am. Road did not have much of a shoulder, but most drivers were respectful of us. Made good time. Stopped at Brinini castle. One of many castles in this area. Built in the beginning of the 11th century, but the current building is from the 18th century. Beautiful grounds and buildings. A Big manmade lake in front of it. Storks have taken up residence in one of the towers. They called to us by smacking their bills together rapidly. Later made it to the Turaidas Pils complex. There is much to see here. Lots of ... read more
The entrance to Brinini Pils
Storks taking residence in of the towers of Brinini Pils
Brinini Pils

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Limbaži June 30th 2015

We biked 45 miles today for a total of 393 miles. Today it was cloudy initially, but became partly cloudy the rest of the day with frequent sun breaking through. We left our last home at 10:30 am, after a fine breakfast. Went to the A1 highway which was under construction, but we negotiated this without problems. Briefly passed through Salacgriva and turned to go down Limbazi - Ragana road. The first 10 k of this road was gravel. This was a challenge, which we managed slowly but surely. There was light traffic, but this included several loaded logging trucks making there way down the road. All vehicles kicked up a lot of dust, the logging trucks were the worst. Biked to Pale for lunch. Bought provisions and ate at a colorful bus stop. Not much ... read more
Enjoying a cold one after long day biking at Igate Pils
Pam enjoying wine at Igate Pils
Pam on estate at Igate Pils

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