Summer 2013 – Turku – Helsinki and more

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!

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Waiting in line to get on the boat in värtahamnen. then the breakfast on the boat!

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The wait to get of the boat has started! in Turku now..

I got of the boat and met my brotherinlaw Hannu, then we headed to our hotel

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Two pictures Hannu “snapped” of me on the way from the harbor 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!

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Our two stallions in a corner at our hotel, ready for the abusive loading of gear.

Pretty much straight from the hotel check in we went to meet a friend of mine,Esa aka Bellina.

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 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)

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Me in front of Turun linna to the left and both of us in front of it to the right.

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.

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We had a little rain on our way out of Turku, didn’t stop Hannu from bringing out his Nikon, or lending it to me!

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We found our Sign, it says Kings Road in Finish and Swedish!

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At some point towards Salo we took a turn of the main road (I think it was the 51 or something) and ended up in what was more or less our own road (I think we met three cars in 15-20km)

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Complementary pictures of dramatic skies or something, it rained far away, then we hit the rain, the things that happen when you bike with a photo-nerd!

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!

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Said bikestore where I bought my pump, it started raining badly here.

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Pizza time, we stopped at “Smiley face” pizza or something like that,I had a bacon something pizza, Hannu had something vegetarian.

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Again with some artsy pictures from Hannu, my Uvex helmet with the go pro on it..

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

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Said horse that was trying to runaway, and the reason we stopped, to photo this magnificent stable building!

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We had more rain on the way, here from outside a farms hedge, gave nice cover while we waited for the worst to pass!

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My bike leaning against a tree somewhere, during one of the “nature calls” breaks, the right was a church on the way in to Tammisaari (Tenhola I think).

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.

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Some mode pictures from Tammisaari, beautiful town by the sea.
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Another mode shot, this time of the church tower in Tammisaari, and just a little shot to show how dirty our bikes got!

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Not the biggest of rooms, but we fit everything inside, our rooms was at “Motel Marine”

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!

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Posing on a beach in Tammisaari, the morning of day 2

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

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Hannu and me outside of the castle and the castle from another angle, cool castle atleast!

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Me and Hannu on the inside of the castle, nice lighting from the windows and stuff.
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Two pictures of the inner courtyard of the 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.

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Some pictures from our “fika” in Inkoo.

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Random mailboxes on one of the roads, think it’s somewhere between Inkoo and Kirkkunummi, a lot of what we saw on our trip was similar landscape/scenery.

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Home at last  well at least at our end destination, being greeted by one happy little girl, my little princess <3

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!

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The only two pictures I took on this trip, the Norwegian Kings Ship K/S Norge and a nice view by the beaches of Eiranranta.

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:

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The flying Norwegian, effect achieved by having the photographer lying in the ditch with me jumping on the wooden bridge.

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Full focus ahead, picture on is the place leading to where I jump of on picture number two.

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The photographer wanted a picture with the view that I can only describe as a little peeping Tom or something…

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Two pictures where we played with shutter speed and flashes to get some ghost trails.

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
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Thats it for my vacation, who knows what will happen next time!

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