For the sake of my winter vacation and nice weather conditions I wanted to do an overnighter. The weather has been much colder this week, and night temperatures are back to subzero. I had a simple idea. Some higher place with good views for sunset or sunrise, and just the bivy and sleepings bag for sleeping under the stars.
I headed out right after the sunset:
Approaching my destination in the dark:
Not a full moon, but close:
Most of the snow has thawed but not all:
A little bit of usual bike pushing:
My destination was the highest place in Paimio, called 'Pauhojanmäki'. When the weather is good one can see Turku from here (the distance is about 20-25 km).
The sky was beautiful:
The moon gave plenty of light:
I boiled water for Adventure Food expedition meal. Better to eat properly before the night.
Some clouds made a visit too:
My sleeping place with my friend:
The night was not cold, just below freezing. But I wanted to be sure that I'll be warm so I slept with the winter bag, Marmot Never Summer. And I slept fairly well.
In the morning I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise:
Yes, a halo:
A magnificent moment, a pair of majestic cranes:
My very nice campsite:
I had trouble again with my stove, this time I had slightly too little of gas. Managed still to make warm (not hot) coffee and porridge:
The views from the top were nice:
The tower of Pääskyvuori in the horizon:
A couple of 'must shots' of my friend:
I rode back to home via the familiar trails of Paimio's Revenge:
Apparently it will take a long time to take away all the fallen trees of the Xmas storm:
The 9:Zero:7 was awesome bike again:
The last trail of the day:
Cracking overnighter, really enjoyed it.
Some extra photos here: Google+ and Picasa.