Friday, July 24, 2009

Kuhankuono - La grande finale Day 2

The second day I rode back to Turku, using a different route where possible. The distance of this day was 80 km.

Breakfast at 4:15

The Haukkavuori trail

Unrideable bog

Almost like Autobahn

Where is the trail?

Yumm. Pasta and fresh blueberries for dessert.

Horse trail

Kullaanvuori and just an hour of riding straight through the city left

Some random thoughts about the gear:
  • My backpack weighed just under 12 kg, of which 4 kg was water. This is not too much for someone my size, but I would not want much more on the technical trails I rode. The next time I will add another bottle holder to the bike to get 1 kg off my back and take less water with me. Another alternative would be to take a water filter and make more drinking water during the ride.
  • The Deuter Trans Alpine 30 is a good backpack for this kind of trips and is just about the correct size.
  • An ultra-light sleeping bag, ground pad and a mosquito head net is good enough for the summer. Add a bivy bag if there is a possibility for rain or alternatively spend the night at one of the lean-tos. A tent would probably be too big and heavy, unless it is one of the new ultra-light ones and it is shared with someone else.
  • For this kind of terrain an FS bike is almost a must, at least for long rides with a heavy backpack. The Hifi 29 is perfect for this use. Not too heavy and with an efficient suspension.

The entire set of pictures is found here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kuhankuono - La grande finale Day 1

For different reasons I came to spend quite a lot of time in the Vaskijärvi and Kuhankuono area this summer. I did a whole bunch of morning rides as well as some longer day rides here. The culmination of this was a solo overnight trip from Turku to Kurjenrahka and back.

The first day I rode about 70 km, from my home forest to the Kurjenpesä nature cottage.

Start in my home forest

Boardwalk of Pomponrahka


My trusty Gary Fisher Hifi 29

This doesn't look promising

After this the trail was completely destroyed and I walked and carried the bike for at least half an hour. No pictures, since it was too depressing.

Some nice old forest


The Vajosuo birdwatching tower

Finally at my destination, the Savojärvi lake, which offered a refreshing swim.


Good night!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kuhankuono in July

Matti H and I did a longer ride in the Kuhankuono area. The weather was great and we were able to ride very efficiently.

Planning the offensive



Boardwalk in bad condition


More pictures can be found here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


A morning ride in the Harjureitti area in Säkylä. This is a very good XC skiing area in the winter, and has potential for Mtb riding in the summer. A quick visit did however not reveal that many good trails, though there certainly should be more that those I found.

Military area