Hello, I am Monkey and I am going to spend two weeks wearing spandex and sleeping in a tent with two other dudes.
So yeah, I'm planning on doing a cycling trip in Finland - around 14 days, around 1400 km, in early August. Will be a first for me, while the guys I'm doing it with have done slightly shorter trips every summer for 3-4 years.
We'll be starting from Helsinki, working our way towards Turku, after which we'll be hitting northwest towards Vaasa (oh god, Swedes) through Pori. This is the first week, most likely.
After that we're going to go East for ages, getting to Kuopio in a couple of days if all goes well and we don't get eaten alive by mosquitoes, which will probably happen. After eating a reindeer burger (because god damn it I'm going to eat reindeer burger) it's down south towards Helsinki again - not really sure about the specifics of this route apart frm the fact that we'll be between lakes no matter what way we decide to go.
We'll be staying in tents; you can legally pitch your tent anywhere you want in Finland, it's really hot. Also you can set up a tent everywhere and it's not against property laws.
What should more or less be the route - will obv. change during the ride to accomodate swim stops, searches for accomodation etc:
- cycle about 100km a day - doable
- eat a shitton of good food along the way - is this doable in Finland?
- not develop crochitis - most likely not doable; will develop acute ball ache
- no not having fun
- put yo stunna shades on
- NO FOOLS
NO NOT BELIEVIN IN YOURSELF
Finnish people - any ideas on bettering the route? Any amazing places we should seriously stop at? Marvel at Finnish beauty? Eat someplace/something specific? Swim in a certain lake? Keep away from any certain shitty city?
Obviously we wish to avoid the highways; but while we'll be all driving mountain bikes (buying a Cube Acid 29er in a couple of days 8)), we'd rather avoid shit roads. That should be easily doable Suomessa; after having a look around on Streetview the roads look nice.
I have fully immersed myself in the Suomi mindset: