Toni expressed interest in going out for a short bikepacking overnighter. I had nothing against the idea, and since the weather forecast for Saturday was not entire depressing we decided to give it a try.
Due to a somewhat pressed schedule we could not get going until after sunset. I had time to pack the bike during the day, though.
In order to save one and a half hour of time I took the car to Paimio, where I met with Toni. I unloaded the bike from the car and we got going about one hour after sunset. The first hour would be spent on small roads.
When we arrived at the Marttila area, the singetrack began. The nice trails were mostly new for us and I suspect the surroundings are excellent, though they remained unrevealed in the darkness.
The world is reduced to a small tunnel of light when riding in the darkness.
The first thing to do after arriving at the Lotikonkellari shelter was to start a fire. I took care of that...
... while Toni chopped firewood.
A single quality beer...
... and toasted sandwhiches.
A fire is essential now that the days are getting shorter (sunrise at 8:42 and sunset at 17:39).
Clear sky. Nice.
We went to sleep around 23:30. The temperature had dropped from about 8°C when we started riding to 4°C, which is quite warm for the season. We got up again about one hour before sunrise.
Sunrise. The weather proved far better than forecasted. Clear sky in the evening and very few clouds in the morning.
On the move again.
The beauty and the beast. The ugly one is mine.
It would take skill to get lost with trail markers like this.
The fall with many colors is gone. What is left consists mostly of shades of brown.
Ok, I confess. I have a new lens with a large aperture for the camera.
After a little more than an hour of trail riding, and some photography, we turned back home on small roads. Around 80 minutes of hard riding was left. The nice weather soon changed to the normal fall greyness and we even got some rain.
A great outing again. Thanks to Toni for the company. Check out Toni's report here.