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Sunday, February 14, 2010

One day in winter paradise

Distance: 109 km
Time: 6h15 min (total time almost 8h including all the stops)
Heart rate: 134 bpm avg./165 bpm max.
Elevation: 980 m

As the ÅÅ24ÖÖ ride (an iceroad ride from Turku to Åland Island) wasn't going to happen this year because of the too thin ice conditions, I planned a longer winter ride in the Paimio-Kemiö area, and asked Yeti to come with me. The route includes a cross of Halinkonlahti between Lappdal and Rajalahti, if the ice seems safe enough. The route is partially familiar to me but this time the goal was to avoid big roads and ride on the small roads as much as possible.

We started a little over 8 o'clock from Paimio. It was -18C when I left home, really cold, and also humid! Fortunately the pogies just arrived for this ride.

I was using CamelBak H.A.W.G hydradtion pack with insulated winter hose but it freezed very soon (I forgot to blow the water out from the hose). On Yöntiläntie, near Hajala, I tried to take first photos with my new camera (battery fully charged) but the camera reported that battery is empty! I put the camera in my jacket's back pocket and hoped that it would help. And yes, for the rest of the ride the camera worked flawlessly.

Yeti and his Salsa Fargo.

 

In Kokkila, there is a ferry to Angelniemi. Fortunately there was also a hole in the ice swimming club open with a warm dressing room. There I was able to melt my frozen drinking system.

But the drinking system freezed again later. Yeti gave me one of his bottles, big thanks to him.

The Kokkila ferry.

On the Kemiö island there were some really awesome forest roads, like these.

Also one hike-a-bike section.

In Lappdal, there were marks from other people on the ice, and also other people on the ice. We decided to cross the bay.

The rest of the ride back to Paimio included a lot more fantastic small roads, but riding felt really hard. This was probably the hardest winter ride I have ever done. At times, it felt brutal, but yes, this is paradise! Back home it was -8C. I took a sauna and ate a big plate of spaghetti with meat sauce. Now I feel great, maybe a little tired.

Thanks again to Yeti for the great ride, there is great report on his blog, check it out.

By Toni at 17:28 | Permalink |
Category: Adventures, Training

Saturday, February 13, 2010

3in1

I have always had hobbies. Music (piano lessons and much more), stamp collecting, photography, computers, besides cycling also a little of other sports. Many of those are still my hobbies but I'm not so active with them because of many other things in my life. But I'm very grateful to my parents and wife that I have had so good opportunities to pursue all these hobbies. And these hobbies tells a lot about me. With hobbies I have been always very ambitious and passionate and I can express myself very well with them.

When I was in school my dream work was to be a journalist. I was a trainee in Turun Sanomat when we had a so called TET (familiarizing with working life). Other things happened in my life and my profession is totally something else. But with this cycling blog I have found a way to actually pursue my dream. This is a lot like journalism.

So, as I like a lot of photographing (landscapes are my favourites), I purchased a new camera:

 

As the title says, my goal is to combine three of my hobbies: cycling, photography and blogging/journalism.

The bike pogies finally arrived yesterday and they seem really great:

 

 

I will be testing them tomorrow as I'm going to do a great winter ride with Yeti.

By Toni at 15:48 | Permalink |
Category: Gear, General