What do you do when you've used up all the vacation of the year? With work and family obligations limiting you possibilites. One option is to fall into depression or to open another beer. Another option is to make the most of the situation and go out anyway, if only for a short while.
Both Toni Lund and I had very limited time, but we still managed to get together for a short bikepacking overnighter during a break in the fall rain. Linnavuori in Piikkiö is about halfway between Turku and Paimio and was chosen for the overnighter. I started with my local trails...
... and then proceeded to meet Toni some fifteen minutes before sunset, which was at 19:53. The evenings are getting darker rapidly. We dragged our bike up to the top of Linnavuori and took some pictures of the sunset, enjoying the wide view.
Toni doing some photography.
At this time of the year the light after sunset does not last long.
Sleeping in a bivy bag, containing a short Thermarest Prolite 4 and my trusty summer sleeping bag.
Soon the moon came out. It was still fairly large, some five days after full moon.
Time to wake up a little before six in the morning.
Toni was in a hurry and just ate an energy gel before leaving, while I took the time to boil water for coffee on the BushCooker. I had some difficulty in getting it started, since the twigs I gathered before going to sleep were quite moist, due to the large amounts of rain during the week,
After breakfast I rode straight to the Littoistenjärvi lake trails and after that right home. I was home at 9:30.
The fall is nice, but has been a little too rainy this far.
Even a short overnighter fairly close to home is nice, and in a certain way it gives a lot of bang for the bucks.
I even managed to put together a short video from the trip, including some time lapse material, a first for me. I think it actually turned out quite nice.
Toni's report is here.