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Heading towards Kuusamo and the world cup skiing arenas

Another day with blue sky and amazing conditions for a bicycle ride, what more can I ask for? I’m about 10Km outside of Salla, in an area called Sallatunturi, a real beauty of a place. My plan today is to reach Kuusamo, just above 100Km from where I am.

20140607_101829Finally I’m able to start before 12
I woke up quite early, but as you know, sometimes the bed is just too good! I was on the road at 10:20, which is not bad. My legs felt a bit tired at the beginning, but it didn’t take long before I got the speed up.

After about 30Km I’m passing a national park called Oulanka National Park. I stop there for some refill of water, some food and coffee. I’ve got a really good speed today, without pushing too hard.

The road is quite good, sometimes a bit rough, but nothing to complain about.

World cup skiing arenas
I know that I’m passing a place called Ruka today, but what I didn’t know, was that Ruka is the place for international ski arrangements and not Kuusamo itself.

IMG_0832Suddenly I can see the ski jump ahead, what a sight. This area is really beautiful. I quickly turn of the road to get a better view for a picture. I come down to a water and have the ski jump close by. It’s a good feeling to see this area.

Where is Skofterud, Bjørgen and Johaug when I’m in Ruka and Kuusamo? Finally I’ve reached this place and there’s nothing? I might have missed the season.

Reaching today’s destination, Kuusamo
I continue towards Kuusamo and still keep up the good speed. With about 7Km left, I can really feel that I’ve forgot 1 specific streching exercise, I’m in a bit of pain, but this will be gone later after some hours of relax.

In Kuusamo, I find some food and a drink. I sit down and relax a bit. After a while, I’m looking around and suddenly I find a bed and breakfast to stay for the night. I haven’t made up my mind yet for tomorrow, but I’m going to aim for some Km’s tomorrow as well.

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About Stian Torland

Elsker turer, utfordringer og fysiske aktiviteter. Har gjort det til ein livsstil å utfordre andre til ting de normalt ikkje ville gjort. Driver Challenge4you.com som er et nettsted som skriver om turer, eventyr og utfordringer. Mine fullførte utfordringer og hovedmål: *Nordkapp-Lindesnes: 2700Km, tid: 18 dager - 2011 *Danmark-Italia: 2500Km, tid: 18 dager - 2012 *Trondheim-Oslo: 542Km, tid: 22t 55m - 2013 *The Iron Curtain Trail: 10000Km, tid: ca 4mnd - 2014

2 comments

  1. Hei Stian! Ein liten helsing fra oss på Skotaberg, kor er du henne nå?, og har du fonne deg hus for natta?, her går alt med det sama det er handballfestival her i helga. Ha ei god natt, og god tur vidare i morgen, skal helsa fra bestemor

    • Hei! Tusen takk for helsing, alltid kjekt! 🙂 I dag er eg kommet til ein plass som heite Hossa. Har funne meg et billig hus for natta. har slappa av i sauna og fått meg ein god dusj etter ein relativt tung dag med grus, regn og ganske vondt i eine hofta, men satse på det gir seg. Håpa dåke har hatt ei fine helg, kosa dåke masse, så snakkes me! 🙂 Helsa masse tilbake!