26. & 27. october 2012
Yesterday I arrived at Joensuu, after 80km on the bike. I was kindly sponsored by Holiday Linnunlahti Oy (www.linnunlahti.fi), THE camping site at Joensuu. The cottages where only a year old, and everything was entirely fresh and bright inside the quite big appartments with lake-view.
pictures: Linnunlahti Oy Camping site
Even a sauna was provide in the bathroom, and after a bikingtrip of 80km, that is exactly what is needed. The camping site had arranged for a press-conference at the reception at 12.00 noon, but unfortunately all reporters seemed to be occupied with other local engagements. Instead, I went to the big mess-hall, where a handycraft-mess was going on during the day, with lots and lots of people entering and leaving the place. That provided me with the opportunity to put up the banners, my bike and to hand out information sheets about the tour. Many people at all ages stopped and really became engaged.
pictures: people interested to discuss Wolves: Simo Vaananen and his son Johannes Vaananen from Joensuu; a family from Kotka with the two girls Anna & Lilja.
Even Christiana Harle, a green-party politician, former running for parliament and really engaged in the issue of the Wolves, stayed to discuss with the project. She sent me an email this evening, that she has put up a link to the project on her facebook site - so I hope, now even more people will follow the tour!
Picture: Together with a.o. Christiana Harle, green party
Join me for the demonstration infront of the Finish parliament 9. and/or 10. of november! More info soon!
Tonight I will be staying over at the Scouts Youth Hostel, Partiotalon Retkeilymaja (www.youthhostel-joensuu.net) - thank your for sponsering my stay over night and providing my bike with a save haven in the backyard!
Picture: Together with Ari Tahvanainen, the Chairman of the Society of Scouts' parents, who provided me with one free stay over night.
The youth hostel (scouts) is situated in a very calm and nice area, not at all far from the center of the city and close to both university, exhibition-center and other recreation facilities. I was also provided with free sheets for the night and the use of the fully equiped kitchen was possible. As there where many mainly latvian students of forrestry staying at the hostel at the same time, the discussions at breakfast time where both interesting but did also show that the science of forrestry not really takes into account questions of ecological balance and diversity - only if useful to the industry...
Tomorrow morning the tour goes on to an area, that by many is known as an area, where Wolf-hatred is widely spread: Tohmajärvi. I am ready face and stand up against this hysteria and to take the verbal fight for the rights of the Wolves.