Where to start?
I guess day “0”, departure day, going to the boat on the 18th of July.
The day before I took my bike to work and left it in the garage (it’s 5 min from the harbor), and being by the check in 06:10 am was a little to early biking for my taste, plus the first tube to work gave me 15 min of “to be late” time.
Thankfully it all went well, I got to the boat in time!
I got of the boat and met my brotherinlaw Hannu, then we headed to our hotel
Our hotel of choice was Omena, pretty much in the middle of Turku, nothing fancy, but good space, large TV and fairly cheap!
Pretty much straight from the hotel check in we went to meet a friend of mine,Esa aka Bellina.
The one they call Bellina and me at Panimoravintola Koulu some kind of meatserving brewery, nice food and beer!
From there we went to a pub, had a few more pints before heading back to sleep!
Day 1 – The first one of our epic two days Tour the Finland on the Kings road!
Well the day started early, breakfast at Subways around 0800 before a quick stop by Turun linna (the castle in Turku)
From the castle we went towards Salo, which would be our halfway stop for the day!
The roads where 90% bike roads, and rather country side-ish.
Anyway, roughly 60 km and many hours later, we found Salo! where I bought an new mini-pump (that broke a week later), before heading to get lunch!
From Salo we headed south towards Tammisaari, fairly uneventful, abit of a changing weather, we did help out to “save” some horses, have a stop in Teijo
We found our motel fairly late, I think between 1900 and 2000, but it was ok, plan was to walk around a bit, have some food, a few beers, maybe take sauna before bedtime.
Everything but sauna went as planned, sauna was booked for next morning, after breakfast.
At the end of the day, this was where we biked:
Day 2 – Two tired men go from Tammisaari to Helsinki
So, Saturday morning, breakfast “continental light” style, that’s no bacon for me and on top of that the people at the motel forgot to put on the sauna, so no sauna either, well early start for us then!
The original plan for today included a trip to Fiskars, but after a really long discussion (or one minute talk) we decided not to go “all the way up there” and instead went a different route that took us past Raseborg Castle
From Raseborg we headed toward Helsinki via Inkoo and Kirkkunummi, where we had a coffee break and our lunch, before heading via Espoo, Leppävaara to eastern Helsinki.
Some pictures from our “fika” in Inkoo.
The GPS file from our trip this day:
The rest of the Finland trip, starting with a exploration ride of almost 90 km.
Well I did spend nearly two weeks in Finland, sadly I got problems with a tooth, had to go on antibiotics and then pull said tooth.
Anyway, I did get a few days of biking in before and after it!
The first trip I did a few days after finishing the Kings Road ride
The plan was to CX in Sipoonkorpi, unfortunately I ended up abit wrong compared to what I hoped and I only found some skiing place, filled up with soft and soggy sawdust, well since my mom was in Helsinki, I figured I’d turn around and go see if she had time!
After a quick Milkshake at McD with mom and one of her co-workers I headed for Sipoo to meet my lovely wife!
Photo session time! yes you read it right, I shall model a little (sort of)
Well it was decided that I was going to get some action shots of me biking, and Hannu agreed to bring his camera, flashes and softbox out in to the forest to photo.
Anyway, 4 hours later we had something like 62 pictures, here are some of them:
The trial of GoPro’ing
I got to borrow a GoPro hero2 from Hannu, after a few tries, some cheezy editing of the movie, this is the result:
All the music in this movie is from www.beatpick.com
Thats it for my vacation, who knows what will happen next time!