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Ukraine #2


From Tiraspol to Odessa it’s not far but you would have to exit staight to Ukraine without getting a Moldovan exit stamp in your passport. So, to avoid any trouble with the Moldovan immigration police in the future and because I like walnut trees I took a little detour back to Moldovan officially controlled territory and got my Moldovan exit stamp in the very south where Moldova is only 2 kilometers away from the black sea. From there it’s only 50 km of bad road and heavy traffic to Odessa. And Odessa has also a very big statue telling you where you are. It’s so big they even have a police station in it.

It’s really not so easy to find the ocean but its good to be in Odessa. A very friendly atmosphere, 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!

Selfie time! This is the only time I got close to the Black Sea. Most of the time it’s fenced or there’s a harbor or a terrible beach club or civil war.

black sea selfie

So, to avoid problems with the border police I had to make a big circle around Crimea, the eastern Ukraine and Abkhazia, a detour of about 800km. Also I wasn’t able to cycle down the Black Sea as I naively thought I could and had to choose a way through the north caucasus.


This is on one of the rivers that feed the black sea.

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?


I think in Ukraine they don’t even realize their coolness. This is in central Ukraine in a place called Новий Буг. From either side only reachable through at least 70 kilometers pothole track. Look, I even made a pic inside!


novymockovskij rajon

At this point I had to turn north towards Kharkiv to avoid the Lughansk and Donezk area. Novomoskovskiy Rayon has a nice sign too, blue and yellow.


These old soviet cars called Zhiguli are driving all over the place. Apparently they are easy to maintain and often need maintaining. This is on a bus stop somewhere in central Ukraine, bus stops are always a good place to buy dubious pastries and 3in1 on coffee (coffee, milk and sugar, all in one, no need to think about any extra!)

straight road central ukraine

In Kharkiv I had the honour to be filmed with a proper Sony Alpha Camera by my amazing host in Andrej, 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!


moldova well
moldova well 2

This is in Moldova. In Moldova there’s a lot of these wells and you have to crank to get your bucket of water. The water tastes significantly different on every well. The further up the hill the better it tastes, I guess the fertilizers are not my cup of tea.

till the last drop rehearsal

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 Stoner 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.

rumania road walnuts

Along the road south of Chisinau are only growing walnut trees. I have no ideas what they do with all the walnuts.


In the south west of Moldova lies a small separatist region of Moldova called Pridnistria or defacto internationally unrecognised state called Transnistria, depending from which side of the curtain you’re watching. If I read it correct, they declared themselfes indepent from Moldova before Moldova declared themself independent from the Soviet Union, that’s why technically they are still a part of the Soviet Union. But don’t quote me on this if you are a troll. Anyways, I had the honour to spend 24 hours in this little part of whatever country 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 soviet 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.


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.

rumania wild camping

This is on the very short Rumanien leg of the road to Odessa. And I think this campspot deserves mentioning, although it’s an artificial lake and as usual artificial lakes look much nicer on a photo. Right next to the lake and recorded a song, here it comes!

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!

bike shop Iasi

And then my bottom bracket suddenly died. I made it to the next little town called Iasi and this guy in his perfectly equipped shop had the exact part in stock and replaced it staight away. In Berlin they wouldn’t even sell me a chain without looking at my old bike and telling me that I should really buy a new one.

rumania sunshine

As good as new, bye bye Rumania!

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