Springtime was so short! It started in the end of April and soon in May you will start to feel like it’s summer already. And I had so many ideas about new possible routes for transeurotrail. First idea was to make additional route Helsinki – Turku. There was already one but it was going from Turku to the TET route and to connect to it in Räyskälä (almost 100km away from Helsinki). So I started to check my plans in the beginning of May.
Here I’m riding the few possible selections Between Karjaa & Perniö and also all the way to Teijo ironworks area. I made second checking ride a week later and I was checking the possible routes between Salo and Lieto. I found only private yards and tracks that were impossible to ride.
The new update for the TET route was made on 13th of May! On that same day I was riding again! For that ride I found interesting start From Karjalohja: A very small ridgeroad going between two lakes (Kannaksentie) -but there are quite many summercottages on the way, I’m not going there again.
The part in the end of this video comes to Ruonankorventie that I have recommended to quite many riders that they should check this. I was riding from Lohiojanie to Lemmulantie and then to Ruonankorventie. On May 15th I was inviting riders to make a group-ride to Iso-valkee and 15 bikes came to make a very nice ride together!! You can see some pictures here! I made also a video:
Then in the end of May (Helatorstai/ Ascension Day) I made a ride to check some small roads and tracks on Hanko Peninsula. Found some very good ones! Here’s the video:
Made few mistakes! Planned a long route with 2 times crossing the Russian border… Ooops! But I’ll tell you later about it.
First there was a ride from Plinkses to Klaipeda harbour, and from there we took a ferry to Curonian Spit. Ferry costs 3,35€. And after we arrived the spit there was a roadtoll (5€/ bike). And we also had to pay the toll again in Russian side (that was a little bit more than 4€). The road in Curonian Spit is beautiful, it even has some corners and uphills-downhills.
We stopped in one beach to take some pictures of the Baltic ocean. We also stopped in Nida to buy something from the shop.
After Nida it was time for the first border check-Ins! These first check-Ins took about 1h 30mins! Then we’re in Russia!!
And this is the worlds biggest castle in Malbork Poland.
But before we could ride in Poland we had to cross the border again! The Russian side of the border was ok, (quite fast) but then the Poland side of the border-check was with a very long line!!! We had to wait more than 2 hours!!! What a catastrophe! We were so late in our accommodation! It was 9,30 pm and we started 8.30 am and there in the middle we moved from timezone to another…. so it was more than 14 hours of ride!!!
Note to myself:
– If you’re about to ride Curonian Spit, you better have 1 whole day to do it!
– If you’re about to cross the Russian border twice a day, don’t ever think it’d take 2-3 hours! It will take more!
Sehe’s quite young girl from Melbourne Australia! And for some reason she desided to come to Europe and make a 3 months roadtrip here. And what a wonderful trip it was!! http://www.bikergirl.me/ Here’s the route she made (or I think this is the plan):
But this winter the southern parts of Finland have been very warm (so far) and today when it was time to make the old tradition in Turku at 12.00 -so called “The Declaration of Christmas Peace” there was maybe the biggest amount of motorcycles ever in the center of Turku!
I have been riding this road usually 5-10 times every summer so I know it quite well. But still I love it! And now finally I found a good place for my GoPro camera in my S1000XR I have some video for you all!
This is Fagervikintie in south-west Finland, very near to the sea. In the map you’ll find it here!
From east to west the road has 60km/h speedlimit first. Then there’s a 500 meters part that is a museumroad and it has 40km/h speed limit. But after that you can open the throttle with 80km/h speed limit -and I must tell you there are few corners where you can’t even ride 80! Maybe 50 or 60 at most!
This wasn’t that interesting day. Road was straight, not much to see (except the castle!) and one missed crossing and 30 km’s gravel road after that. This was the route.
We stopped in the city called Cesis (in Latvia) and there is an amazing old castle.
And we also checked the castle in Sigulda:
I still think that Sigulda is a very special town. There’s so much to see and so many places to visit. Maybe the best city to spend few days in whole Baltic countries!
Today I got my bike from 1000km service, so now I can ride it on the edge and make wheelies like crazy… (In my dreams!) but anyway the maximum-rpm is now possible and my bike is ready to the trip!
It starts on friday (day after tomorrow) 7.30 am with the boat from Helsinki to Tallinn.
And all the 10 bikes will (or should) be in Sigulda (Latvia) on sunday morning.
I just got my new bike: BMW S1000XR
and I took a 50km’s ride and it made me SMILE! Nothing but SMILE!
It’s beautiful, it rides so smoothly but if you want to… You can really make it attack like Dragon…
Yes I named this one “Dragon”