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Month: May 2017

Goodbye, Ukraine – Hello Russia!

I had the honour to be filmed with a proper Sony Alpha Camera by my amazing host in Kharkiv, I hope the traffic noise is not too loud. Ukraine, you’ve been very kind to me, thanks to all the lovely people I met there! – Next stop is the russian border.

The border crossing to Russia was quick and dirty. No questions, just the usual mistrustful look in my passport. And of course they always check my Kalashnikov – oh it’s just a guitar? Really? Who would have thought it!

 

Somewhere along the road in central Ukraine

While cycling a long slalom on a never ending road in central Ukraine I found a bus stop thats colours fit perfectly to my shirt, so I sat down and played a song about never ending roads. Anyways, I would have taken any excuse to make a stop.

Besides very friendly ukrainian people the roads are more a mental burden.

It’s like a very old c64 game I remember from the early 90, what was the name again?

A big detour

To avoid problems with the border police I have to make a big circle around Crimea, the eastern Ukraine and Abkhazia, a detour of about 800km. Also I won’t be able to cycle down the Black Sea and have to choose a way through the north caucasus.

Odessa and the Black Sea

It’s really not so easy to find the ocean here but its good to be in Odessa. A very friendly athmosphere, two days of rest and ukrainian banja helped me charge up my batteries for the next leg of the tour. I played a song on Odessa’s harbour, I hope you like it!

24h Tiraspol

I had the honour to spend 24 hours in this little part of Moldova which feels like a litte part of Russia. With their own money, their own flag and of course Lenin streets and statues.

Road are much better than in the rest of Moldova but it’s also less traffic. I made a little Video cycling into Tiraspol, note that this is the main road of the capital. I hope you can see a little bit of the sovjet influence and it is not too shakey. I was also a bit afraid to film because you’re not suppose to make pictures of any military facility any there’s so much military everywhere, but I didn’t have any problems.

Cycling in Chisinau

It’s been pretty empty on the Moldovan Road but here in the capital Chisinau there’s finally people! Very nice people actually, I spend the night on the couch of the drummer of the amazing Rock Band Till The Last Drop, check them out.

It’s a real pain though to cycle in this city especially at night as due to a late snow storm in April lots of trees party fell down and cut the electricity. Now half the city lighting doesn’t work which is tricky when the roads are steep and there’s lots of holes in them.

Crazy Dog Special

I just had to do this, since crazy dogs seem to be about to disappear. But a few of them are left without manners. So, I’m uploading this as an evidence for the hate of dogs towards cyclists while my bottom bracket gets replaced in Iași, Romania. I hope you enjoy. I love Romania!

A short side trip to Romania

After two weeks of bad weather I’m happy to get my first sunburn in Romania. The dogs are actually more civilized than I was afraid and it feels good to be back in the European Union, even though it’s just for one day.

I found one amazing camp spot right next to a lake and recorded a song, here it comes!

Entering Ukraine

After a cold week in Poland, amazing (and lots of) food, a concert with a naked lady on stage and a few angry cats I finally made it to L’viv. Apparently it is not possible to cross the border in Korczowa by bike so I had to hitch hike 300 meters with my bike through the passport control and now I’m here – Hooray и УРА!

May 2017 – South Poland

Hello World,

this is Moritz Ecker speaking. I’m a musician from Berlin currently cycling through Eastern Europe heading for the other end of the planet.

See you on the road!

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