We have been there a handful times before. Back then, the route from my home to Marttila has been always a boring tarmac road section. I knew that it's possible to ride there on small gravel roads too. This time I planned the route with Google Maps.
We started around 19.30 (7.30PM). I had a printed map in front of me.
The route was indeed nice with small twisting gravel roads.
Actually it was so fun that there was even a short section without a road at all, just a narrow ridge along a field.
Our plan was to camp at the lean-to of Onnenperänrahka. On the trail:
Peter riding the boardwalks, which were icy and slippery, and in bad shape:
The evening was nice, temperature dropped to -6°C.
Peter's new Salsa Mukluk:
We started a campfire and warmed delicious ham-cheese sandwiches:
Some of the wood was wet, so the fire needed some help from Peter:
A hot tea was very nice before sleeping:
A campfire feels so nice in the dark and cold of November:
My sleeping system for the night:
It was nice to crawl in to the warm sleeping bag and the only sound was our campfire. So calming.
I slept really well. This time I had a 3-season sleeping bag, Marmot Wave III. Alpkit Numo sleeping pad further extended the comfort.
The usual morning chores with good coffee and future plans with Peter.
Peter with a warm down jacket. Cold is not an issue for us.
A view from the lean-to:
Packed and ready to go:
The weather forecast was pretty much correct. Temperature was above zero in the morning and occasional rain. The boardwalks were insanely slippery!
But Peter, as usual, rode on them. I didn't. :)
What's that? Bear poop?
We took a slightly different route on return trip. The trail was hardly visible.
Trails were really wet and soft, but our fatbikes were fantastic on them.
Our little adventure was reinforced with a nice dose of misery. Hard wind, rain and icy, slippery gravel roads. I liked it, it's a nice feeling to experience also bad conditions. Of course, this would have been perfect with lots of snow and blizzard conditions.
Thanks Peter for a very nice overnighter. It had all the nice elements. Check out Peter's report too.