30., 31. october & 1. november 2012
Today, I have "only" a distance of a little more than 20km to do - from Kerimäki to Savonlinna. But before leaving this beautiful peninsula, I make a short circle around the hotel, watching the old defense constructions from WWII.
Pictures: Defenslines from WWII and at the same time one of the most beautiful sceneries.
Being in Kerimäki and not stopping by the biggest wooden building in the world is simple impossible: Kerimäki church:
Pictures: Kerimäki church
Picture: the local news reporter catches me on the road.
Arriving at Savonlinna, I had been tipped by the local newspaper reporter of Savonlinna newspaper about a family owned, nice hotel: Perhehotelli Hospitz (www.hospitz.com). "They are wonderful people and it is a beautiful, stylish yet very cosy hotel right in the closest neighbourhood of the castle (famous for its opera-productions in summertime) and right at the lakeside." As I was asking for accomodation there - I nearly did not finish the first sentence as I already got a "yes of course, we sponsor you" from the owner. Phantastic welcoming and definitely the most beautiful room in the hotel - with a big balcony right towards the lake - it is amazing! I was really overwhelmed by the kindness of the owner and his family.
Pictures: from the in- and outside of the hotel & working with the blogg...
Pictures: the interieur of the room: superb in all ways, cosy and stylish
Pictures: inbetween the biking, there is always a lot of work to to: uppdating the blogg, signing the information sheets before putting up them in the different stores in town and central spots like tourist-information.
In order to be able to acchieve all that, it is most important to also be able to load the reserves - with this amazing breakfast at Hotel Hospitz - served in an old boat - this will not be a problem:
Picture: the astonishing morning-buffet at Hotel Hospitz - the last picture with the hosting lady of the house.
Pictures: View from the balcony towards the lake... breathtaking. Thank you very much for your support Hospitz!
Even Hotell Pietari Kylliäinen (www.pietarikylliainen.fi) wanted to sponsor the tour with one nights free stay as Päivi Poutiainen, the hotelmanager, kindly offered. As the project already had Hotel Hospitz as a sponsor, this was not needed - but it is great, that the hotel Pietari Kylliäinen was willing! Thank you very much!
In the night, it snowed and it seemed not wise to go on with the tour without changing tiers to spikes and to have a close view on the non-functioning breakes. So I went to THE biking-shop in Savonlinna - Savonlinnan polkupyörähuolto Koponen Ky - the only one with true expertise - sadly closing up next month due to retierement - but Lasse Koponen: thank you - you did a great jobb with my bike and you did it for free!!! To support the tour! Lots of thanks to you and to Hotel Hospitz who let me stay for another day in order to have time with the reparation - it took many hours.....
Pictures: Winter truely has arrived in Savonlinna and spike-tires are now requiered.
Pictures: The biking shop of Lasse Koponen and he himself, who kindly supported the tour both with items and with his time: the changing of tires, the change of the break-wire, the ajustment of the gear-system as well as the ajustment of the axe of the trailer....again. These are very frigile systems, that have to be handled with great sensibility... the trailer is not of good quality and needs always to be ajusted to the axe. I got 200 Euro from Carina, but there is still 200 Euro missing to be able to by a new one...
Now it is 9.30 i the morning and it is time to start towards Pumala. It is a distance about 80km, along one of the most beauiful routes and landscapes of Finland - lake region Saima - but as it has been snowing and I got the spikes on now, it will take more time to bike.
I hope many of you who read the blogg will join me at Helsinki! Let others know the news! Meeting point: in front of the Finish parliament 9. and 10. of november.