Long overdue post from 2014, Järva with mom

Right, this has taken a wee bit longer then it was supposed to.
Mom visited sometime (well august 2014) and well, joined for a ride around Järva, with the kids (all three) in wagons or by bike, so here comes pictures and maps:

Siiri, with Saga in the wagon sleeping, going to see the petting zoo at bög gård

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Siiri with Grandmah and Siiri with Granddad (I mean the goat).

Saga actually woke up to see some animals to!

After Bögs gård we started biking towards the old mill.

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Mom on the borrows bike and on the second picture one can see Viljami.

Boiled sausages in bread at the mill, I got to use my trangia kitchen again!

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Saga doing what she does best, eat, first at the mill, then a little later at Säbygård.
From here we went to some play spot before home called.

Incase you are curious about the route, it’s about like this:

Change of direction

So, I’we had this site for a while now, and it’s always been bike focused, it probably will be for the most part to.
But I have picked up a new interest, archery, so I’m changing the blog theme to be an adventure blog, I might do something more then these things to, tempted to do some hiking/walking trips.
So, pretty soon, if I can be arsed I’ll add some gear from archery, some pictures of me and my bonus kid, who also does archery and whatnot.

Tour de Finlandia 2014 and more

Wow, where to start, I guess from home?
So, I left from home on a Sunday evening, I guess around two a clock I think or maybe it was one a clock? who cares (not me, I made it to the boat with a lot of time to spare!)

My Genesis all loaded up with stuff, ready for adventure!

The boat ride went as it usually does, eat, watch kids play, sleep bad in crap beds under car deck, but well, Monday came and off the boat I went, to meet up with Elli, the kids, my mother in law and my bike partner for the trip, Hannu.

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My bike waiting for me to  ride of the boat, and the two adventures, eagerly awaiting the train to our starting location, Joensuu!
Oh and the trains had a system for hanging bikes that I found rather clever!

So this is how you put your bike up for travel with VR in Finland, neat!

Not going to bore you (who ever you are) with details about the family stuff, we arrived late on Monday, we saw Elli’s Grandmother on Tuesday morning, our trip started in the evening!

Day 1 of the our mini tour, Joensuu – Savonranta

This was supposed to be the “little” edge, to make the rest of the days shorter, we could squeeze in maybe 50-70 km, or so, turns out it’s not as easy as I expected to find a good lake viewed camp site, but well, we got to Savonranta without much issues, did some grocery shopping and kept going for another 20-ish km..

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The proud, nay brave adventures ready for the road, then the same ones enjoying some cold refreshments in Savonranta!)

After said grocery shopping we started looking for camp sites, not wanting to pay for our first night, we thought it would be ok to get a lakeview for free and we did get some views, just not camp sports

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Starting to see a sunset, the Genesis looks stunning in the scenery, even with all the stuff attached to it!

We kept looking for some time, only to give up in the dusk, and settle for some uneven forest patch a little way from the road..

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The tent being illuminated by a lamp, not long after it was pitch black outside..

In the end, this is the map of day 1:

Day 2 Savonranta – Sulkava/Oravanpesät (Squirrels nests, in Finnish)

Woke up, or gave up sleeping, not sure which, but hey, lesson learned, 120kg of man needs more then 0.5cm of foam to sleep on!
I think it was something like 4 am, and we had run out of water, well more like forgot to refill the day before, so the 1.5 liter of breakfast water was used to make porridge and then drink the rest, oh and the mosquitoes was bad, incidentally  I might have forgotten to close the tent and slept with my feet outside, they got bitten, a lot!

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Camp site breakfast from our trangia kitchen, I am looking awake and dashing with my bug net over the head!

This is to give you some idea of where we camped…

Around six we where on the road again, heading towards Savonlinna, with a stop for supplies and water in Kerimäki (or so the plan was according to the map atleast).
Without much water consumed and nothing in the bottles it felt sluggish to ride, I’m guessing the nights lack of sleep didn’t help either..

But we made it to Kerimäki, got some extra breakfast and water refilled from a K-market store. and headed around the town a bit (there was a church and a nice beach, but the best part comes after that!)

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Hannu enjoying the morning, and the best part for us atleast, the toilets we stumbled upon, with running water, real toilets and all!


Before leaving Kerimäki we had a toilet break, complete with a hobo wash and some tooth brushing!
From Kerimäki we started out towards our midday destination of Savonlinna, a town maybe 20 km or so away.

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The pizza at PIzza Capero in Savonlinna tasted like heaven after the biking, mine was full of meat and grease, just like it should be, also got a nice view of the castle in Savonlinna! (Hannu went in while I watched the bikes).

The rest of the day was mostly spent getting to Sulkava, a small town 40 km west of Savonlinna, only to find that apart from the grocery store, there was nothing much there, and the campsite from google was actually a school, but a friendly lady told us about Oravanpesät campig, great idea, but further away then expected.

The road was long and winding, from Sulkava to the camp ground!

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Our humble lodgings at the camp, the surface was so smooth and flat! walking down towards the water and the showers where just by the lake!

P1010034 Said lake, with a sign saying, no jumping, it was rather shallow so I guess it’s more of a warning then anything else.

The wood fired sauna, here I sat sweating before getting a skinny dip in the lake, another stamp for the book of me turning Finish!

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Simple campground cooking, my sauna smoked sausage and mushroom noodle pot, and Hannu doing some freeze dried vegetarian stuff. 

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Mood pictures, sun was setting, had to take some pictures!

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With day two at a end, here is the map of this one!

Day three, Sulkavan Oravanpesät – Imatra, race day!

With day three ahead of us, we (read I) realized we could make it to Imatra before Elli and the kids left from the spa hotel, so race day it was!.
We packed up camp around 8, and we arranged with the camp owners that we could get a ride from the camp and to the asphalt roads, from here destination was Imatra, a small-ish town almost at the Russian border (check the map at the end of this day).

Forgot to take any pictures on the trip really, but we followed something called Vihreän kullan kulttuuritie, or the Green gold culture road, a fairly long, hilly and curving road of green forrest and fairly good roads, one part was so epic that the memory will be with me for some time, sadly, we forgot to put on the GoPro for this, or take any pictures, but it was downhill, it curved, the woods on both side let in just the right amount of light, it was just EPIC!

We stopped about halfway in the small town of Puumala, had some cold refreshments and took headed towards our destination, another short stop before we got there in Ruokolahti to, we made it with one hour to spare, so had a nice little time with Elli and the kids.

Hannu and me decided to find a cheap hotel and get some rest, our hotel was the soviet era, russian occupied Hotel Anna Kern

On our way there we saw the big dam, and someone told us they would soon open it, so we quickly dropped of our gear and went bac!

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Empty canyon and closed dam, and me posing, like the poser I was!

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My bike unloaded and wobbly, seriously without the weight I felt like I would fall over! and the dam, just opened, before the valley was filled to the brim with water!

After our touristy sightseeing and a shower, it was time for food and alcohol!

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Today was Chinese food day! pretty good for a decent price!

We did some more walking about in Imatra, nothing major happening, I saw our Imatra branch office and we had a few more beers/ciders.

End of day 3, here is the map of the day!

Day 4 Imatra – Elimäki, Epic bike road, epic fail in navigation!

So, after Imatra, we realized that we might have taken a slight detour, or the lack of planning made the trip longer, so it was time to push on!
Today’s goal, at least 130 km!

Imatra, Lappenranta, Kouvola, these where some of the major places we where aiming for today, and between Imatra and Kouvola we found some of the best bike roads we ever saw, and I mean bike roads, not car roads at all, they snaked through the landscape following the big road number 6 (one of the main roads between Russia and Finland, sadly though, it’s not got a 100% coverage, and stupid as we where we decided to not follow number 6 when our road ended, costing us a couple of hours of epic fail on some railway service roads and other unmarked roads, but in the end we came back to road 6, at around 120 km we stopped for some cold refreshments in Kaipiainen, it was allready around 5 pm, so not many hours left of light
A refreshment later, and we got the last 50 km of today’s journey done, by random happening, we stopped at Alppiruusu in Elimäki, a small dinner/local produce market/gas station by the highway, Hannu asked if there was any camp sites close by, and we where allowed to camp next to a barn they had, surprisingly enough the land was fairly flat and comfy!

P1010079 Me doing a selfie while waiting for my Scan burger, tasted good after 160 km or so!

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Todays camp site, close to a main road, but still secluded enough to feel safe about it.

Thats the end of day 4, a map (I stopped the gps a few times when we went of track, so there is some distance missing in total).

Day 5 Elimäki  to Helsinki, final day!

Woke up from another restless night, really need to get a air mattress, anyway, started our ride home, only planned bigger stop was in Porvoo, a old medieval town outside Helsinki, with some cobblestone streets, wooden houses and other old things by a river/lake.

Biggest problem this “late” in the tour was saddle sores, not nice to sit down, but despite that, still went fairly ok.

P1010086 Somewhere before Helsinki we came upon the kings road, the same one we did from Turku to Helsinki the year before, it continues from Helsinki to Russia.

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Two pictures from Porvoo, so you get some idea of what it is, it’s kind of small though, and if you been to Bergen, Stavanger and other old parts of Norway, you wont see anything spectacular 😛

After Porvoo, it’s a fairly short ride back to Helsinki, and we got a surprise stop just outside, turns out Pekka (father in law) came to meet us and take some pictures, and it was easy to find us since Hannu had live tracking on his phone (Endomondo I think), I’ll add som pictures of that later.

Back in Helsinki we got a reception from our family, with some gifts!

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Hannu got some green platter with fruits and stuff, I got some meat! (ribs and chicken drums!)

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Apart from the meat goodness I also got some Finish shower soap, with added Sisu!

The end of day 5 map:

It’s been a great trip really, no major problems of any kind, one puncture on Hannu’s bike, some loose screws on my rack and one lost on Hannu’s, but I had spare ones, so to round of the trip here is a complete map of our tour:

After the tour, rest of vacation

I’m gonna keep it short, so here goes, from Saturday, to Thursday I didn’t do any biking, but I saw some old friends, with new kids and generally spent time with my wife, the kids and her family, on Thursday though, I did what I think of as “day 6” of my tour, and the last weekend was spent out with some more friends, walking about Helsinki and checking out the Restaurant day.

Day 6 of touring, solo ride to Evo and the fishy research place!

I spent some time the same Saturday we came from Joensuu to Helsinki with Elli’s cousins, and agreed with Sami (Elli’s cousins husband) that I would visit his workplace, check what he does, have a BBQ, do some fishing and some more Wood fired saunas and bathing!

I think I left around 6:30 am, and it took about 5 hours 30 minutes of biking (6 hours including the stops I had). I only took one picture before arriving

P1010211 This was from some memory marking, somewhere before Lammi, and Lammi is just another place I biked through..

Well there, and after a shower and change of clothing, I watched the people at Evon Riista- ja kalatalouden tutkimuslaitos (thats the name of the place) count, weigh and measure the fish they caught in the nets, this so they can control how healthy the lake is!
After work, it was time for shopping, fishing, BBQ and Sauna!

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I caught a fish, or actually two, small perches and when we got back Sammi warmed up the grill for some beef and Sausage!

P1010227 The house to the back is the wood sauna, the river is where we bathed, this picture is from the day after, we where not done in the sauna before past midnight and it was dark and full of naked men, so picture would not be safe for life!

I really had a great day with Sammi and the people at the research station, and the next day I got a ride in the car, to get closer to Lahti, biked 25 km and took a train to Helsinki!

The ride on Thursday looked like this:

That’s it, that’s my bike vacation of 2014, Next year who knows, maybe Sweden, maybe Norway, maybe nothing.

Another month, another group of warmshower guests

So it almost feels like yesterday..
That Mike, Mike, Bill and Matt was here, but it’s been weeks and now we had our second set of guests!
As with last time we opted to host for two different parties at the same time, a couchsurfer named Michael and a couple from Austria, Agnes and Chris. Michael stayed for one night, and came late, left early, but it was still nice to meet him to!
Agnes and Chris came early on Friday and was supposed to stay for three nights, but it turned in to four, not that we mind because they where both awesome guests!

Agnes baggage got delayed so on Friday we went shopping for some small items, but luggage came on Saturday.

They spent Saturday out in Stockholm, but didn’t get to see all they wanted to, so that’s why they stayed for one more day.

Sunday was a bike day and we went for some castle hopping, three castles and a royal garden!

Agnes and Chris outside of Edsbergs Castle, we where waiting out the rain, but got to go in to the castle instead!
Sitting in the sofa at Edsberg and having a little reading time in one of the sitting rooms, like totally Royal you know!

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The dining room and a picture from the cellar, our guess was some kind of meat/cold storage room/servants quarter, lots of metal hooks in the roof!

P1000617 We had some coffee and cake, or as it’s called in Sweden “Fika”, 5 minutes later we got a storm, rain, wind, thunder and lightning all over the place, we got stuck for a good hour before we could move on!

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Ice cream time outside of Drottningholms Castle, Chris shared lovingly with his wife Agnes!
P1000650 Another group photo, from the lawn in the connecting park at Drottningholm, and the last stop before going home again!

A map of the whole thing, in case anyone wants to check the route

When we got home we chilled and prepared some food, to go along with a movie, we also managed to take a group photo with all of us!



Next post, probably departure day for the 2,5 week vacation trip to Finland and Joensuu

Lazy June and a little bit of July!

I cant really say that I remember to blog all that often, but I guess it’s time again!

We’ll start with June, and the weather..
Summer was late, that’s for sure, not much sun, barely touching the high 10’s (Celsius) and grey, really grey.
Fear not though, there are sunshine stories

Genesis “Gennie” Croix de Fer, touring mode!

I already posted pictures of my Genesis, now I have more pictures, this time with some more touring items on it (dressed for success you might say, at least that’s what I’m hoping for!)

Genesis_croix_touringThere she is, my Croix, that I’m more and more thinking of as a Gennie (pronounced Jenny, and yes it’s a she, it would feel awkward to ride around on something else).

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A picture showing something I was worried about, heel strikes, but well no worries there, and a fancy picture of my pricey, but awesome Klean Kanteen.

First couchsurfing, now Warmshowers, where will this end?
(Hopefully not with us knife murdered by strangers in our own home)

So, a few weeks (months I guess, technically) we had our Frenchie over, JR, and it was really nice, since then I started using reddit (not much, but still) and found out about Warmshowers.org, and promptly made one account there.

Results came quick and one, not to sunny Saturday morning our first guest came, Matthew “Matt” Dollive, who came fron England, via France and all the countries in between there and Denmark, Through Norway (from the town of Bergen) over the Mountains before crossing Sweden to stay with us for three nights.
And then on Sunday came our three Americans, Mike, Mike and Bill.

Needless to say, our 3 bedroom apartment got rather filled up (we are 6 people living there), so the boys had to sleep on mattresses in our room, the Americans got the boys room and poor Matt got to sleep in the living room.
Another thing I never thought much about before, the amount of food that is used to host this many people, I think I counted 104 eggs and 8kgs of white flour, because well breakfast is pancakes (American kind), scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, croissants, and stuff like that, but I really enjoyed it, and everyone seemed to be happy and fairly full!

Warmshower_foodThis is us, eating breakfast on Monday morning, one of the Mike’s left to see a girl, the other Mike is taking the picture, the picture doesn’t show the copious amounts of food, thanks to the appetite of Matt 😉

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Some more pictures, courtesy of Matt’s flicker page, shows more of the food then the previous ones 🙂

We also got to ride around the local area a bit, checking out Lake Mälaren at Kalhäll’s beach, and eat like a lot more (three dinners, Chicken rice curry, Lasagna and a pizza night).

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Our little gang of people biking in the Järva area and then the whole family and the Americans together before they depart, our oldest daughter loved all the attention.

Come July, come summer and sunshine!

July has been warm, so biking is made all the better, and some days you just have to stop and enjoy it, like today, going to work

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First picture just next to Ullrikesdal Castle in Solna, by some of the barn looking buildings, second is in Norra Djurgården, by a little lake (/ large pond), it was already more then +20 in the morning, sweet.

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So that’s that then, I got three more weeks of work, before I had to Joensuu for three days, followed by a bike home!

Enjoy the summer, catch you later!

It’s finally here, my very own English steel bike!

Got the message that my Genesis Croix de fer was ready for pickup around 1400, exactly 7 days after my order, but there was the weekend and the national day here in Sweden.
Anyway, I don’t think I need to write more, so here are the pictures!

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Package and opened package, exciting time!

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Some funny text and a pretty badge!

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The bike from the side, two angles and it looks amazing from both!

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The sticker of quality tubing, and the reflection of my Wife in the cap from my handlebar!

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The two last pictures for now, brick wall felt just so right and the picture of the “new” 2014 placement of the disc brake, inside the triangle, nice!

Things I noticed so far, the size is alot better then my old Poison, the steel sounds amazing compared to aluminium and carbon fiber, it’s super comfortable to sit on, not that I’we gone enough to get a feel for it for real, but still, damn happy with it!

Summer, tax and new bikes

Well, feels like it’s just one year since last time I got a new bike (it is)..
But since the Bianchi was to small, no matter what I tried, I sold it and Elli sold a sewing machine.

This all made me look for a frameset from Genesis Bikes, more precise the Croix de fer frameset, plan was to use my other SRAM Apex groupset and build a touring bike from it.

frame-croix-de-ferThis is the frame I was trying to find, but could not get my hands on!

Well that was easier said then done, I think I called about 15 to 20 English retailers about it, no luck, I got in touch with Genesis on the facebook page, and got excellent service and information about future models, but the fact was still, the 2014 was sold out, and the 2015 was on the way, the Croix de fer was getting a carbon fork, a higher price and to satisfy the touring people a new Tour de fer was coming, which I didn’t want (I want a cross that can tour, not a real tourer).

After some thought and encouragement from my wife, we “solved it” differently..
Wednesday I placed a order for the full bike, so instead of building I’ll buy and now I’m going to sell all my parts instead. hopefully it’ll be here on Monday or Tuesday, thanks to Häggs cykel for stocking it in the right size!


frame-croix-de-fer And here it is, a full sized picture of what I will be getting, I’ll get back with my own pictures later on!

Departure day

But not for any of us, JeanR went back to France today, he’s now spent eight days about at our place, but before he left we got to do another bike ride, destination Mälaren.

Järva, Barkarby, Kallhäll and back, nice little trip!

Me and JeanR by Säbysjön, selfie style!

JeanR at the beach with my Bianchi, and my Poison tanning at the same beach!

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JeanR looking at some preburger and a picture of our fika at Säbygård cafe, awesome cakes!

After this we went home, he repacked and we parted ways as he went to the airport, thanks for the company this week Frenchie, welcome back anytime!

A couchsurfer in Järva

Ahh, summer is finally here, it’s way past 20°c in the sun, it doesn’t get dark early so we can bike late after work.
And yesterday that’s just what we did, and what a day it was!

Maybe some background information, we got a couchsurfer, JeanRemi from lé France, doing science stuff in Schweden for a month, he was supposed to stay with us for about two weeks, but it got cut a bit short due to girlfriend surprise  visit, resulting in a no go for our bike weekend!

Anyway, we managed to get out on Wednesday!

Tour de Järva

We went out and towards Hansta, some kind of hiking path/bike route or something, we saw some other mtb’ers go up there to, went ok, but my CX aint much happy about the rough terrain, neither is my hands, but what can you do.
From there it was towards the Natureschool and Bögs gård, with a food stop at the birdwatching spot at Ravalen.

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My poison CX leaning against the railings and JeanR trying to skip some rocks (my Bianchi in the background, JeanR is using it this week.)

That’s one happy Frenchman, finding another rock to skip on the water!


After food we headed out and towards Översjön, had a little detour, got alot of mud on bikes and stuff, but in the end we got to where we wanted, even if we had to cross a fenced in field for cows (cowless today thankfully)

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I see a silhouette of a fat man! (me.. that’s me, I’m fat 🙁 )

From here we went for a quick fika at the McD at Barkarby Handelsplats before heading home via some random trails and tracks (see the map).

All in all, enjoyable and nice!

Something sad and something nice

I had to go to Norway this Friday (9th of May), for one of my childhood friends son, who only got 5 years old.
It’s so unfair that this happens, and words cant even describe the feeling, it pains me so much to see my friend like that to.

But I got to spend a lot of time with my friend again, we recently got in touch, and he’s the one who gave me the Bianchi MTB, so it was nice to see him, despite the circumstances.

We talked, cried, sat quiet and biked together, I’m not going in on any details, so for now, here is a map and a picture.


Start at my friends place, went around what is known as Blekkstarunden, then to the church to visit the grave, back home, some food and then we went around Sköyenrunden and home.

A picture of the bike I borrowed from my dad, on the grassy fields close to Hagebergtangen, the small man made bathing place from my childhood, the water in the river is silly low and stuff.

Until next time <3