As July wanes, the peak of the touring season embraces us, drawing us back to the allure of Latgale. This time, however, we find ourselves constrained, unable to pursue our three-border point quest, for our rowdy neighbor’s actions have disrupted the borderlands with the influx of refugees. A strict government restriction regime now blankets the area, blocking tourist access. Despite this setback, we find contentment in our annual visit to our friend Guntis, and we explore a few points of interest from a safe distance, avoiding unnecessary risks.
Our intentions were never grandiose – we didn’t seek to climb higher, travel farther, or prove our strength. Yet, somehow, without striving, we achieved more than we imagined. It’s a discipline we possess – keeping our expectations humble, much like savoring the chef’s subtle compliments while relishing a fine meal.
In Latgale, the true essence reveals itself when experienced on two wheels, powered by the simplicity of pedal force. A taste of this region’s beauty, best savored at a leisurely pace, embracing the freedom and joy that cycling brings.