Day 9 – Tour de Finlande 2010: Kakslauttanen-Ivalo

After yesterday's long leg, a much shorter one today. For several reason, one of which was to be on time to see a football match which is better to forget straight away. Not a big deal being so far away.

However, leaving this morning from Kakslautanen I realised I had again run out of water, so I had to postpone breakfast of about 10 km, reaching a nice spot (that you can see in the picture) close to Saariselkä. That place was the northernmost I had reached on north-east Finland, so I'm proud to have overtaken it by bicycle.

Already in the morning I had received a message by Laura, one of the drivers working with me at the Sodankylä film festival, that she could host me in her kitchen overnight, so I decide to stay over, as the time of the match I'm still trying to forget was a bit too close in case I had continued to Inari. However it was a good idea to stop, finish the translations I had to do, have a nice chat crowned by a wonderful Italian ice cream, and watch the midnight sun, at the real midnight, with no clouds at the horizon. Something you can see only here in the far north, although some might erroneously think that Oulu is already in the far north. Well, it isn't, believe me.

I was quite happy to realise this morning that muscles were not aching at all despite the break of the tour for over a week. Tomorrow if weather permits I'll try to make a longer leg and get a bit closer to the Norwegian border.

Day 9 – Tour de Finlande 2010: Kakslauttanen-Ivalo

Trip distance: 48 km
Actual trip time: 2 h 40 m

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