I guess with today I have spanned all the possible temperatures of this journey. If it hasn't been over +30, it's been close to it. It seems ages ago that I was freezing in the tent. And it was just a month ago
that I had to sleep with 4 degrees outside. Miracles of the north.
I left Kuhmo by car as Anna's cottage was quite far away from the main road, and I didn't want to test the tires with all the bags on a gravel road. We went to visit the memorial site of the Winter war close to Kuhmo on the road to Nurmes, where I had the chance also to do a proper inspection of an old Soviet tank. The result was: out of service, and since a long time (you'll get it once I'll upload some pictures).
After that it was on the road again by bike. Hilly road I was told, and hilly road it was. Not too bad, but the high temperatures and some headwind made the job a bit more difficult. The humidity wasn't too high, but I had to carry with me more water anyway: at the end of the day it turned out I had to drink almost 6 litres of liquids (water, juice, no beer today).
After about 60 km I got to Nurmes, which is really a particular town, as the old wooden city (really well preserved) is on a stiff hill at the northernmost part of Lake Pielinen. And with today's weather, it was definitely picturesque. That's the reason why, after visiting the old church, I decided to party with a pizza (and sweat a little more eating it).
From now on the travel plan gets more complicated, as there is more to see at a shorter distance. As I want to travel cheap, that means to sleep into the woods as long as I can survive without a shower, I had to find a place where to camp. Well, I had already mentioned a few days back, getting to the south the forest seems to get much thicker, so it wasn't that easy to find a place I could really reach by walking, and carrying the bike with me. End of the story: I did more than 100 km today as well.
However, tomorrow is supposed to be a great day, so I'd better have some good night sleep. Hyvää yötä!
Day 22 – Tour de Finlande 2010: Kuhmo – Vuokko
Trip distance: 112 km
Actual trip time: 6 h 30 m
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