Tallinn-Türi-Tallinn

After a long streak of too hor days, we decided we’d head for a coffee / late lunch somewhere with our bikes. This time we set our aim towards Järva maakond, since we knew from experience there’d be at least some twisty roads and sceneries to look at.

While riding Harleys, you do have time to look at the view you know.

First we Headed out from Tallinn via Pärnu maantee and right before Järve keskus we turned to the roas to Viljandi (Road 15). We followed this road through Luige and Rapla all the way to Türi where we decided to have something to eat. More about the munching place here:

Pubi Krahv Dracula

The road was in good condition except for one road work, which should be over when this post reaches you 🙂 … Anywho, the roadwork wasn’t that bad, they were just redoing the asphalt.

The road was boring first, but 10-20km before Türi it became to be more twisty and fun. Not Twisty Twisty, but in Estonia standard it was twistier than most of the roads 🙂

Windmills, who doesn’t like windmills ?

When we left Türi we took the road number 5 towards Rakvere and in Aravete we changed to road number 13. Again the road was slightly twisty in the beginning, but got boring as we got closer to Tallinn.

After riding a while, we decided we’d go and see what was happening in Kõrvemaa Hiking & Ski Resort and have a cup of coffee. It’s has to be mentioned that if you happen to have your discgolf discs with (all of you bagger guys), the course here is awesome. Highly recommended. Also there is a discshop here if you want to stock up on your discs (again: Baggers…). Nice place for a quick stop or a nervwrecking match of discgolf with your friends / enemies.

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The last 25 kilometers is a freeway, so this would be the place you get the shit out of your engine.

Anyways, this is actually one good afternoon ride with some nice Estonian scenery.

Go and try it. Now.

Tartu – Tampere Maja and cocktails by the river

The final destination of our trip was Tartu and Tampere Maja, really lovely wooden house with specious rooms, sauna and parking space on backyard.

The road from Otepää to Tartu was no different than the other roads; quiet, boring and in good condition. Nothing much to see on the road, few cows and a lots of trees and fields. When we arrived to Tartu, we noticed that ok, now we are in the real city, plenty of cars, some motorcycles and a bit tricky old town to drive. Luckily we had our navigator so it was pretty easy to find the hotel.

Tampere Maja

We know that we were able to park the bikes backyard so we drove straight in from the gates, took our stuff and checked in.

Our room was spacious and bright and of course really hot, cause it was Indian summer outside. The room had air conditioning but we had some problems to use it and we were too tired to call the staff so we decided to open the window and enjoy the Estonian summer.

Bedroom

Tampere Maja has also a sauna for rent. We rented it for 2 hours and it was really nice even after a short ride we had today. Sauna is clean and there is shampoos and stuff for the guests and also towels, so no need to bring your own. You can also bring your own drinks (also alcohol) with you but make sure you buy plastic bottles or cans.

Sauna and terrace

After a nice sauna session we headed to town and to river side, where is one of our favorite bars, Väike Kuuba. Their mojitos are just awesome!

Väike Cuba

After few drinks we decided to try local tex mex- food at Sheriff Saloon and what a disappointment it was. Service was slow, food was straight form the can and tasted like …. I don’t know. The place looks nice, but there is so much better restaurants in Tartu than this one.

Saloon

But thank good, Tartu has the best chocolate restaurant in the country, Chocolate de Pierre. There I had my dessert cake, a big cup of coffee, lovely glass of white wine and at the same time we enjoyed the atmosphere of Tartu town hall square.

Next morning we had a small breakfast at the Tampere Maja. Nothing special, just breads, cereals, vegetables, cheeses and hams, but it was enough for as at that point, so we were kind of happy. On our way home, we took a small detour and ended up this “sports center” near Tallinn, where we had really good soup for a lunch and the price was a round 2,5 euro per cup, nothing fancy but the area, friendly service and nice weather made our day and we drove happily back to Tallinn. The Tartu-Tallinn road is in really good shape and there is some traffic, and in rush hours you should take your time cause there might be a lots of cars going to Tartu on Friday or leaving from Tartu on Sundays.

But once again we had really nice road trip and we are really lucky that we have so nice places near us.

Viljandi-summer city

Our next trip was from Tallinn to Viljandi. No twisty roads ahead, but not too much traffic or road blocks either! Easy, good roads and a lots on places to bypass a car, truck, horse or what ever!

Our hotel in Viljandi was called Endla hotel. We had our own parking space and a big room, which had lots of space for helmets and stuff. We liked that a lot. The room and the hotel was a bit old but in a nice way, breakfast was just poor and the bathroom really was also very small, but service, location and prices were really good!

Here are few pictures of the hotel.

Backyard

 

 

Viljandi town is cute, small summer city with wooden houses, cafes, parks and medieval castle, or actually ruins of the castle but still really cool place to see.

 

A lot of chimneys

 

Local library and its wooden books

 

Lovely park and river. Nearby is the castle and a nice cafe

We had our dinner in restaurant Fellin (what means Viljandi in german language) and it was so good! I had a huge bowl of borch soup and house bread and he had a well cooked and seasoned pork and potatoes.

 

I had an excellent borsch soup and some fresh house bread.

 

And as a dessert, baked cheesecake with fresh strawberries

After a good dinner we wanted to taste some local beers. For that we found beershop and winebar called Mull. Nice selection of beers, good wines, terrace and good service. Not a bad end for a lovely evening.

The next morning we had our morning coffee at local “green” cafe, Roheline Maja pood ja kohvik, organic food, coffee etc.

And after a good cup coffee we headed to Otepää and Tarto. The road to Otepää was ok, good condition and finally some hills and twists. Unfortunately we only had time for a quick lunch but we will definitely go back again.

The lunch took place in a local cafe called Ugandi Kohvik. They are famous for their waffles, so we had a lunch soup and waffles with berries, 5 euros per person. And it was so good!

After Otepää it was time to go to see Tarto. You can find our tips for Tarto in the next blog post. See you soon.

Our route