We just had this slight battery problem, mentioned earlier. The battery was sent to us from Denmark and the receiver for the package was Akkutalo in Oulu. The last possible day to get it was the 22nd of June. After that we would have to cancel the Swedish part of the trip. And it arrived! Akkutalo also fixed the old battery, so now we have three batteries.
The rest of the story then shortly; train Oulu – Helsinki, boat Helsinki – Stockholm, first night in Sweden at Pär Holmgrens place outside of Uppsala, next night in this hotell in Enköping.
… and some photos, maybe not the best, but you can fill in the blanks 🙂
The hotel in Enköping
Suddenly so many velomobiles!
1000 years ago.
Arken is owned by IOGT-NTO-rörelsen – the congress we are heading towards!
The ”Market Police” in Oulu. The most famous of the statues in Oulu.
So now we are on the road together again. We started from Juoksengi in the afternoon on Wednesday of 14th of June. First stop was in Ylitornio in a petrol station where we had dinner and also for the first time used the special suitcase with all the charging equipment. And yes, it looks very suspicious when you walk with it into a restaurant and put it up on the table.
In Ylitornio we also visited our good friends Jouko Tiihonen and Leena Pohjolainen. They served some ”fika” and let us charge the batteries one more time.
The biking to Tornio – Haparanda was very beautiful. We started late in the evening and arrived around 3 in the morning. We made a stop at the rapids in Kukkola, maybe the most famous rapids in the longest free running river in Europe – The Torne River.
Tarja needed to visit the police station in Tornio for passport at 10 in the morning of Thursday. Our idea of getting a hotel in the mid of the night was without success, no open hotels and the one we phoned was fully occupied. So sitting in one more gas station for several hours gave us the possibility to charge the batteries for some hours.
After the visit to the police station we biked to a cousins place in Tornio where we could sleep for some hours and get a late breakfast in the afternoon. We also got help to fix a tyre in the Quattro Velo. What a relief when the right front tyre stopped to say bump-bump-bump when biking!
The next stop was in the petrol station south of Kemi. There we found out that the second, and newer battery had stopped of charging! A very big problem as Tarjas Mango and her biking in normal speed with the trailer is depending on the second battery. With the two batteries we can make 100 km a day, but with the old battery only some +35 km a day. Wrote to Denmark and asked what to do. The answer came next morning when we had reached Timo and Heli Haapaniemi in Ii. They will send a new battery from Denmark. So just to wait for some days in Oulu then.
In Ii we gave an interview for the local newspaper. The reporter was working as a summer reporter for the newspaper that we not at this moment remember the name off 🙂
After two nights in Ii we headed for Oulu. But before biking from Ii we passed a local bicycle-event in Ii.
Only 35 km to Oulu, in reach for one battery.
So now we have some lazy days waiting for a battery here.
Sitting on the ferry in the Stockholm archipelago. Some hours from now my Strada will have a new owner. It will move to Tullinge, south suburbs of Stockholm. She has served me well. And yes, it must be a ”she” because the name ends in an ”a” :-)… Or maybe a ”hän” (Finnish neutral expressing both genders) or a ”hen” (the new word in Swedish expressing gender-neutrality). What ever, she will have a great new home!
Enjoy some of the last pics. From Juoksengi, Övertorneå-Aavasaksa (the border Sweden-Finland) and Helsinki.