What a relief today, cycling without (too much) headwind! A completely different day, which didn’t start very well anyway.
I woke up at four hearing that it started to rain. No problem, my tent passed the test of Norwegian rainstorms. The problem was that, when I woke up again at eight, the tent was still wet. Well, no big deal, I’ll just leave the upper layer on the bag to dry.
I just had my traditional breakfast when I’m cycling (one-minute-ready porridge and a banana), started packing, and of course it started to rain again. Really the worst time. Nothing to do, I was caged in my tent, fortunately for just another half an hour.
The first break was just 20 km away: I wanted to have a proper coffee after some time. And recharge everything as usual (phone, laptop, router).
Soon after Pokka, I had to say goodbye to the asphalt, as they forgot to pave half of the road to Kittilä.
The gravel road was in good shape, and the wind wasn’t disturbing too much, so I could get even a better pace than yesterday. Being by bike it’s easier to avoid (almost all) the bumps in the gravel. You just have to remember not to look around for too long.
And of course I couldn’t miss my portion of blueberry for today.
The day was sunny but cloudy, something like this:
I managed anyway to get also some rain, but a couple of pine trees saved me for getting too wet. Nicely this kind of rain doesn’t last too much (differently from Norway).
I got back to human life in Köngäs, after over 50 km of cycling, meaning I managed to see the first houses there since I left the cafeteria above.
And then I reached my final destination for today: Levi.
Levi is primarily a winter resort, because of the skiing. But I have to say that I’m a bit confused by coming from the woods and ending up in a village with more than everything.
So I just headed for the woods once again. Problem: the wood has been devastated by houses. Everywhere. Then I noticed that a road reaches almost the top of the hill, where the slope starts. The final climb was rewarded: some forest with nothing else than places where to put a tent.
And from here also the sunset looked prettier (here the sun sets for a couple of hours, although there’s no darkness yet).
Day 12 – Tour de Laponie 2013: Pokka – Levi
Trip distance: 99 km
Actual trip time: 6 h 45 m