29. october 2012
Today, the tour leades towards the Russian Boarder and Tohmajärvi.
Tonight, I arrived after a distance of 81 km at Kartanohotelli Jouhkolan Hovi (http://personal.inet.fi/business/houhkolanhovi), a wonderful old manner, owned by the family Leinonen, app. 7km south of Tohmajärvi, at lake Tohmajärvi. The owners were already waiting and showed me the way to the guesthouse, were I would be the only sleeping guest for the night. There was snow on the roads and the landscape showed itself from its white side. Let me share some pictures of this beautiful location:
Picture: the guesthouse, where my room was right behind the bicycle. The house is used mostly for guests that stay over night after weddings, birthday parties, but also Christmas-celebrations. Lots of space!
Picture: The entrance hall to the guest house.
Picture: some plain food when no shop is around the corner ...
Picture: the manner-house of Kartanohotelli Jouhkolan Hovi, where breakfast and eventually also lunches et al are served.
Picture: Beautiful karelian details on the fasade of the manner, that a Polish Architekt signs for. The building is from about 1900-century and stilish renovated inside.
Picture: Breakfast was served (Fru Leinonen cooked porridge for the biker!) together with nice company of the son of the house: Tomas.
We had interesting discussion about the radical forestindustry and about the issue of Wolves in Scandinavia and in the local region of Tohmajärvi. According to Tomas, the Wolf is no problem in the area. He agreed that many times, attitudes toward Wolves build on prejudies and ignorance about the Wolf and his living habitat.
Pictures: After having said good bye to the Leinonen family, time for departure towards Kitee and Kerimäki. In case you wonder, what happened with my big bags on the back of the bike, I got some help for some days with a very personal co-driver, who shares not only my baguage but also my heart.
But first, a short stop back at Tohmajärvi to meet with the local newspaper.
Picture: The road from the manner is now all white - 2km - to bike without spikes.
Bye bye for today!