Hello again Ashleyd80 - thanks for your message.
From Raguva/Rogov there was a road heading south to Vilkomir/Ukmerge.
At Vilkomir/Ukmerge you would turn onto the major road going SW to Kovno/Kaunas.
This road passes through Jonava/Janov.
From Kaunas you would take the road for Mariampol/Marijampole -
- then on to Kalwari/Kalvarija.
From here the road continues towards Poland and we have to guess that
there would be a left turn onto a road or track linking Kalvarija and
Lazdijai. (The modern road looks very full of twists and turns,
suggesting hilly terrain.)
So the overall distance is about 208 km or 129 miles.
This is more likely to be an underestimate than an overestimate, and
you might want to add a few miles for extra bends in the road!
From Ukmerge to Kalvarija I used distances given on websites about
Lithuania. The distances from Raguva-Ukmerge, and Kalvarija-Lazdijai I
estimated by looking at modern online maps.
The maps I used were:
* Russian Empire-Central and South Russia (c.1908-9)
(Click to enlarge)
Harmsworth Atlas and Gazetteer [London, circa 1908-1909]
* Russia, Baltics: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (1882)
Blackie & Sons Atlas (Edinburgh, 1882)
Since some countries have their best roads leading in and out of the
capital, I considered the possibility of a longer way round via
Vilnius, but this would undoubtedly have been much slower as the route
goes through the Baltic Highlands. If you headed west from Vilnius for
Alytus/Olitte, you would cross the hilliest part of Lithuania, and the
period maps show no main road connecting the two cities. Even today
there is no direct major road between them.
This map gives a general idea of flat and hilly areas in Lithuania:
The 1882 and 1909 maps come from the "Map Room" of The Federation of
East European Family History Societies:
Mapquest was useful too:
Searches for distances were done using place names and km, e.g.
Jonava Ukmerge km
Placenames were checked with searches like:
I enjoyed working on this "puzzle", and hope the results of my
research will be helpful to you. Please let me know if there is
anything I could clarify.
Best Wishes - Leli