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Cycle Tour Bike trip to the North Cape

Dag 16, etape/stage 12: Haapajärvi-Mankila

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Elevation profile Cycle Tour Bike trip to the North Cape

Added on 03 Mar 2014

on 10 Apr 2014

Cycle route metrics

ridden

Total distance in km

113

Cumulative elevation gain in m

278

Avg. slope uphill in %

0,25

Cumulative elevation loss in m

305

GPS track data

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Rights owner

Ottocolor

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

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by Ottocolor on 06 Mar 2014

Track points in total

987

Track points per km (avg)

9

Start/endpoint

Start location

Haapajärvi, Pohjois-Suomi, FI (80 m NHN)

End location

Siikalatva, Pohjois-Suomi, FI (53 m NHN)

ridden on

01 Jun 2010

Weather

Sunny all day long and warm. Only light winds.

Properties

I decided to ride on the main road towards Nivala, when the bike lane along it ended, but that was toppled by some heavy road works. I ended up wheeling my bike across a meadow in order to reach a gravel road. After that I turned onto a good tarmaced road through the woods to Haapavesi. In the evening more good and lonesome roads in the woods. I made good progress here, as it went slowly downwards all the time.

Remarks

After quite a long trip back to Haapajärvi to do some breakfast shopping (which I obviously should have done the evening before) I eventually left the 'wild' camp site and got going northbound along the bike lane. Lost some time on the road, but after Malinkylä and my lunch at a bridge in the forest I sped up towards Haapavesi. As it was pleasanly warm I had a swim in the river after my coffee break on a beach near Haapavesi. There were lots of mosquitoes in the woods, so I was busy rubbing on my repellent. It worked! Cooked supper (soup) at the roadside in the woods after having asked for a bottle of water. I was good at asking "saisinko vettä"=Could I have some water? My plans were to pitch my tent on the shores of lake Mankilajärvi a long stretch further down the road. But because of the lovely weather, the good gravel road and the slightly downwards sloping terrain it did not feel a long way. When I yet another time asked a woman for water, who just came out of the family's sauna in a gown, I got the answer: Certainly. But wouldn't you fancy a place to sleep and an opportunity to have a shower at our sauna? Hey, perfect. So I slept in their caravan on their ground.

Travel report

Styrtaske med et godt cykelkort/My handlebar bag with a good cycle map
Styrtaske med et godt cykelkort/My handlebar bag with a good cycle map
Sådan ser mange veje ud i Finland/This is a typical road in Finland
Sådan ser mange veje ud i Finland/This is a typical road in Finland
Jeg venter på, kaffen er klar/Waiting for coffee
Jeg venter på, kaffen er klar/Waiting for coffee
på en gynge uden for en strandcafé i Haapavesi/on a swing outside a beach café in Haapavesi
på en gynge uden for en strandcafé i Haapavesi/on a swing outside a beach café in Haapavesi
Og her er stranden og floden, jeg badede i/And this is the beach and river, I had a swim in.
Og her er stranden og floden, jeg badede i/And this is the beach and river, I had a swim in.
Cyklen hviler i solen/The bike is resting in the sun
Cyklen hviler i solen/The bike is resting in the sun
Typisk stort finsk træhus/Typical large Finnish wooden house
Typisk stort finsk træhus/Typical large Finnish wooden house
Mit overnatningssted for i nat/My accomodation this night
Mit overnatningssted for i nat/My accomodation this night