Bicycle next to rails

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It was Christmas Eve, and I was up for some adventure.

I had heard that there is a trail next to the railway going to Sauriesi.

So I went to check it out. My plan was to go and cycle for an hour or so, and then to take some road back to Riga. I had no idea where exactly does the trail start, for how long am I going to cycle or if it is even possible — isn’t it all slippery and muddy now in December? I had no idea. But I wasn’t worried either.

You can always turn around and go back the same way, right?

Cycling From Riga to Ulbroka (Following Railroad Tracks)

Turned out that it is the kind of place I like to explore.

And I ended up doing a roughly 22 mile / 35 kilometer ride.

DISTANCE: around 22 miles / 35 km in total (from Riga city center);

DIFFICULTY: easy/moderate (easy to follow, but not always there is a trail);

STARTING POINT: Krustpils street.

MY ROUTE:

I finished shortly after the Acone station, by taking the nearest road.

It was late, I didn’t know the area, and I was content with what I had done.

You can probably keep on cycling further.

TIPS: be extra cautious of trains, you are next to a railroad. Never walk or cycle wearing headphones in this area. Note that it gets extra slippery after the rain, especially the tracks. It isn’t the place for everyone, but if you are used to off the road cycling and enjoy off the beaten path kind of places, it might be a nice place for you where to go cycling in Riga.

Here are a few photos from my ride:

Cycling next to railroad
Cycling next to railroad
Rails near Riga
Rails near Riga

Bicycle on the rails

Bicycle standing next to rails

Cycling next to rails
Cycling next to rails

Bicycle standing next to fence

Have you been to Latvia? Have you tried cycling in Riga or somewhere else? What was your experience of cycling in Latvia?