Day 24. 119km. Helsinki – Tammisaari

Posted: July 1, 2013 in Cycling, Finland
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After 2 rest days, the cycling adventure continues. Cycling with Simke, we followed the coast passing many cute little bays and beaches. Alone, I continued in the sun through the fields and forests to Tammisaari.

Day 24. 119km. Helsinki – Tammisaari. Map and gpx.

Simke (here is his blog) cycled from Delft to Helsinki to visit his girlfriend, and stayed over with Thomas (@dvlrnr) in Turku. He joined me for the first 40 km on my way towards Turku.
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The road twisted and turned as it followed the fractal Finnish coast. Up and down, in and out, we discovered beautiful bays and beaches, twinkling in the sun.
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After 40km Simke turned back towards Helsinki and I went on. The road was pretty but quite tiring. It is constantly up and down and up again, against a fairly contant head wind. Through fields and forests with pretty clouds as a backdrop.
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A woman commented on my Teva sandals at lunch, and we started a conversation. She was going to stay in a summer house with her daughter for a week, about 20km from Tammisaari. She invited me to stay in their spare room. Quite inviting but, it turned out to be a bit too far, and not really on my route.

I passed a lovely little village called Snappertuna with ruins of an old castle. They just appeared out of nowhere.
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On cycling through this region I saw that I really have passed a language border. Swedish is the main language. I can actually order things in the local language again. Wonderful after all this time saying, ‘sorry, I don’t speak language x’.

I am at a lovely camping ground at Tammisaari with a beach sauna. Quite standard in these parts, apparently.

Comments
  1. deltathecat says:

    Are you going to see Santa Claus at Rovenyemi this time? If you don’t, how will he know what you want for Christmas?

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