Estonian Treasure hunt, Wima Rally 2017
Today there is another exciting point on the program: Treasure Hunt.
I got up at 7 a.m. in the morning and went for breakfast – actually, a miracle that it never rained on the way to or from the event and dinning room (the former stallion stable), but always was warm and sunny.
On our return to the accommodation we noticed that in the meantime the questions and other documents for the Treasure Hunt have been issued.
Therefore, the task was quickly flown over. The daily equipment (rain protection!, drinking backpack and maps) packed and off on the road with us. Today we are only two people on the road. Su wants to take a break. Well, she’ll miss out, but we don’t know that yet. 😉
First the same route as yesterday with the bus in the direction of Tallinn, then, near Soodla, turned north and advanced to the Baltic Sea coast. The three characteristic peninsulas in Lahemaa National Park are part of our first puzzles. There are several questions to solve, which can only be solved by visiting the Viinistu Kunstimuuseum and Käsmu Meremuuseum.
The composition of the 100 concrete cases (which symbolize the emigration of many Estonians) in the run-up to the art museum turns out to be a very big pitfall, which of course are not 100 pieces, but have to be counted -> this station will make the essential difference in the final, but at this point we could not have guessed that either.
The roads between the question stations are, as usual, perfectly paved – it seems as if all EU development funds have flowed into roads in recent years – lonely, without any traffic and – this is the biggest surprise for us – also lavishly blessed with curves. This makes the trip through the national park really fun. There are always small islets off the coast, the sea is green/blue and the sun is shining down from the sky. So everything is at its best.
As always, I am too fast on the road, Renate always stays behind, and at some point she asks me – rightly – whether I am on the run?
She’s really right and that’s why I shift down a gear and just enjoy the landscape and it’s really beautiful and invites you to look at it calmly.
Soon we reach the end of the national park and return to the interior to visit the two mansions (mois ) of Sagadi (in red) and Palmse (in yellow), which are also part of our questionnaire. It’s about photos of objects, to assign to the respective manor house. And so we walk through the wonderful gardens of both sites and enjoy the reenactment, which is common in Estonia and is supposed to show the life of the inhabitants (including servants) at that time. It’s a good thing that despite the wonderful sunshine it’s only about 17/18° warm again (in Austria its at the moment close to 40°!!) , otherwise it would be a hot affair with the motorcycle gear. Because of the advanced time we decide to have a lunch break in the castle tavern. Here too, the staff is dressed accordingly, but at least we can pay with Euros instead of guilders. 😉
In Tapa itself we make a short stop, on the one hand we refuel our machines again, and then there is another special task to do. All I’m saying now is: broomstick and dog toy.
From Tapa it is only a stone’s throw back to Jäneda, this time we do not drive on the national road but on a country road cutter, via Lehtse, and so, despite – once again – threatening clouds we arrive back completely dry. What a day!
The broom stick is prepared in the quiet closet, i.e.: with the unravelled dog toy (chewing bone made of ribbon fibres), gaffer tape and rock straps converted into a strap-on flagpole.
The Austrian flag is attached to it and off it goes for a test drive, for the day after tomorrow’s parade to Rakvere. Finally, we have to test how many kilometres per hour we can withstand before it blows us off the motorcycle, and how many km/h the flag?
In short, we win. 😉
Everything up to approx. 70 km/h is fine, above that the pull of the flag already becomes quite violent. In addition, the flag begins to fray at the edges. Since the drive to Rakvere takes about 1 hour it seems to be a good fitness training.
No big fault, after all this marvellous dishes.
So we drive a little back and forth and by this attract the attention of other Wimas.
Our little “stunt”, as it seems, have reached the newly elected president, and since she is not riding her motorcycle this time, she suggests that for the day after tomorrow Versya should not ride in the column but at the top together with the Wima Estonia president Annelie, but then with the Wima International flag.
OK, what can happen, it can’t even be bigger than our flag and in the column it doesn’t go so fast.
As always too optimistic Versya, as always……, but we will see it the day after tomorrow 😉
So we agree and make our way to the road safety event that Wima EE regularly organizes for motorcycling women in Estonia in the evening.
The road safety training:
Appropriately this time with us as Claque and selected presidents around the globe, who well reflect the different aspects of the respective countries in their presentation of motorcycle culture on site, as well as the usual traffic customs. Also interesting: Japan may be the only country that offers for female street motorcycle riders “breastplate protectors” as standard. I only know it from motocross and there with both sexes.
Wima EE has also put out a folder showing the advantages of safety clothing. We confirm with Annelie, that we may use the photos (all Wima EE members), if we should publish a similar information brochure in Austria.
After that we plunge briefly into the Estonian nightlife – as always: eating, drinking and loud music…, Later on, we return to our quarters and we discuss our last experiences, the current information of the last NP election, and so it gets late again and the diary remains still incomplete. But, so what?