The last few days, we cycled the M-06 highway from Lviv to Kiev, passing through Rivne and Zhytomyr. At the beginning, the road was more like a normal country road. As we got closer to Kiev, it changed into a real two lane highway, but had a shoulder most of the time, so was quite relaxed to cycle.
Some impressions from the road:
Entering Rivne Oblast:
One hotel we stayed at had some interesting sculptures:
We spent one day exploring Rivne:
The whole town was like a big market where you could buy absolutely everything:
Endless labyrinths of small clothes shops:
Big old indoor market building in the center:
Having some beer and dried anchovis by the river:
Water snakes were also hanging out there:
Moving on: One of the many fishing ponds on our way. Ukrainians seem to really love fishing.
One really cool thing about our new setup: You can easily carry the fully loaded bikes up the stairs into a hotel room:
Having a break:
There were lots of nice swamp areas next to the highway:
One of the many resting areas next to a nature reserve:
Don’t be a pig and leave your trash!
Hmmm, this shortcut is 8km less…
…over a very bumpy road with many hills:
On the other hand, the small town Korostyshiv had a beautiful river:
Another nice fishing pond:
And we met the first other cycle tourist of our trip today: Maksim is doing a tour of Ukraine, currently on his way to visit Chernobyl:
Rocket monument next to the highway:
Cooking some lunch at a rest area:
And last but not least: Cats playing on our bikes!