I had been thinking about a bike trip that would take more than a day for a couple of summers. This summer seemed to open up an opportunity to do so. So I decided to ride from Helsinki, my current home town, to my place of birth, Joensuu.
The shortest route between these two cities is around 480kms. But since those roads have quite a heavy traffic they didn't suit my purposes of seeing the beautiful nature on the way. So the plan for the route was drawn via smaller country roads, mostly paved / tarmac roads, since i was going to use my road bike for the trip.
So, after some calling around and checking out if my friends on the way were home or not I came up with a five day plan. Four stay overs and five riding days for a approx. 580km trip.
First day took me 150km north from Helsinki, with avg.spd. of 23km/h. Second one was bit easier, for 125km with 25km/h avg.spd. Third day took me through some really beautiful scenery, even though the day was rough since part of the trip was on gravel road and the whole day was pretty hilly. And I had some headwind also. The three first nights i stayed in some farm b&b's and camping area cabins. Fourth day I had some bad luck in the form of heavy rain and winds, that ate some of my humour, but the day took me 121km further to a friend's cottage in Kitee. Some mushroom sauce from forrest mushrooms picked up an hour earlier, new potatoes, sauna and good conversations - excellent evening. Last day I had only 61km to ride, and it was a fast one. 2 and half hours.
Some photos: here
To sum it up, it would have been faster and cheaper by plane. But to see the nature, meet new people, it is priceless.