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.
I had to count… The direct bike distance Juoksengi – Paris is the shortest way 2978 km. Google maps says that. As I took train and ferry in some parts and also biked a week around in Helsinki and two weeks around in Paris my trip was cut off some distances and added some. Start the 8th of November and return home the 21th of December.
But, ok, I’m satisfied with the 3434 km. And for everyone who thinks it was hard – sorry to make you disappointed – it is much easier than you can imagine.
On Monday the 21th of December 2015 at 11.00 I arrived to Juoksengi at the Arctic Circle in Sweden. My start from Paris was on Sunday the 13th, around the same time on the day. It takes therefore eight days to travel from Paris with a bicycle. Of course I have been cheating – ferry over a German river, ferry from Travemünde to Helsinki (two nights) and train Helsinki-Ylitornio (one night). But it is actually easier to make the travel with bicycle than I myself thought.
One can always learn new things. So did I here in Münster visiting Vera and Maxim. Maxim showed me a new offline map for iPhone called ”Here”. It seems to work very well, better than Google maps. So the goal for coming home for Christmas is there – Travemünde, here we come!
Thank you Maxim! Thank you Vera – det var som igår även om det var 15 år sedan sist!
Det går helt uppenbarligen att cykla med velomobil trots att man dragit på sig en förkylning. Hastigheten sjunker dock något, orken är inte riktigt på topp. De holländska cykelvägarna underlättar och igår kväll låg jag uppe och snittade på 30 km/h. Förlorade dock i spurt mot en racercyklist. Han hade lättare cykel och inte 100 km i benen. Igår blev det 176 km. Nu 20 km till Tyskland i regn.