Monday, August 10, 2015

The Last Chance of the Summer

After ITI I was busy with training for Levi24 (race report still to come) and with everyday working duties. The last overnighter was with my friends to celebrate my ITI finish in late March/early April. This summer has been very rainy so there hasn't been many opportunities for a photogenic overnighter. Last week the weather forecasts were looking fairly promising, but still some rain for Saturday. On Friday morning there wasn't rain in the forecast anymore, but I wanted to play safe and planned an overnighter for Friday evening - Saturday morning.

Time is really not on my side these days, so I really had to force it to happen. I wanted to go to Kimito Island's 'secret paradise shore' where me and Peter had a very nice overnighter last summer. My fairly late ending at work meant that I had to drive by car closer to the destination, with my bike and gear of course, so I could enjoy the sunset.

On the move in Dragsfjärd:

Getting closer to the destination:

Almost there, just in time for the sunset!

There was a swan family but no people. Perfect, because I really wanted to be alone, in peace.

There were some dark clouds in the horizon but fortunately they were moving fairly fast:

I chose my older 9:ZERO:7 fatbike because the race machine is in 29+ mode without any bikepacking gear.

It's a beautiful shore:

The swans:

The sunset was stunning!

I made a cup of hot tea and enjoyed the peaceful evening:

In the night, I woke for a bit of rain. I slept long as there was no rush in the morning:


Small flowers in lichen:

For a perfect morning, I made some special coffee from Denali Mountain Dark Roast Coffee which I purchased from Anchorage during the ITI trip:

More views of the shore:

Packed and on the move:

The forests have lots of blueberries this summer. I stopped to eat some:

The trail out from the shore:

Back on the small road to Dragsfjärd:

It was a very nice overnighter, and I'm really happy I made it happen. Summer is soon over. I'm of course hoping for a short autumn and long, cold and snowy winter!