||Today's Stats: 124km, 25C sunny||Today's Route: Kaunas to Panevezys||Favorite Sign: pagan church nearby||Favorite Food: pizza with garlicky sauce|
|Just Pizza||Greek salad, Tuscany pizza, beer, juice||15|
|Krekenava||lemon water, cucumber, peach||4|
|Klantor 12||veggie salad, fish appe, mushroom pancake, Utenos beer, cafe||20|
|Romantic Hotel||delux room w breakfast||175|
We knew the route out of town because we asked about it at the tourisht info yesterday and found it was the same as direction as the laundry place we tried to go yesterday. The road was a bit busy as we headed west, but when we found our river and turned north, the conditions could not have been more ideal. The next 20km were along the river Nevezim over a hilly wooded road. There were not many cars, so mom told me more about my uncles and cousins that I don't see so often.
For lunch, we pulled into the town of Kedainiai. It just happened to be halfway between here and there and sitting right on the river, but it was the perfect location for our break, as we road in at 12noon. The whole old town has been fixed up to be a great place for pedestrian shopping. After a stroll around and a peak in the sweet shop and the old wooden church, we settled down to Just Pizza for lunch. Good eating.
After lunch things were not quite as smooth. There were two roads heading up the river, one on either side. Before we realized it, we were on the eastern side and riding up the smaller of the two roads. It didn't seem important at first, but soon a strong headwind started up and we realized that our road was much more exposed to the wind. Then, the road turned to gravel, so we started to search for a small bridge which showed-up on a couple of the maps. After riding across a field and through a farmer's backyard, we gave up the search. What looked like an easy ride, turned into a tough afternoon.
After a shower, we felt like new, as always. We headed out for a walk and a bite to eat. We found a cool pub that was open late, and the waitress helped us read the menu. I finally tried one of the pancakes that have been on the menus. It was more like a hot crepe with mushrooms. Quite good. Another good night of sleep.
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