Now on the ferry to Estonia! Finished our Scandinavian bit of the tour did about 1200 miles so not bad in 4 weeks.
Yesterday spent the day in Helsinki. Not particularly pretty and scenic like Copenhagen and Stockholm but we enjoyed our day as there was a Samba Parade from the main square which was really colourful and vibrant against the backdrop of the Cathedral. We just looked at the weather and Finland is the hottest place so it felt like the cocacabana in bright sunshine and 28 degrees.
We also caught the tail end to a music festival in the park. Unfortunately we decided to go and get a picnic for dinner and watch, got back and it had finished!! Never mind eh we would have been the oldest there amongst all the young fins.
Just a thought though. In Scandinavia they do a return fee for returning all tins, bottles and plastic and its about 10% of the purchase price so not just a little bit. The result of this is that there are lots of people actually making their living by cleaning up. Bears thinking about doesn’t it?
Way back in Eckinas we met some cycling Germans and briefly exchanged plans. They scorned our idea of doing the scenic coastal route to Helsinki as there was nowhere to stop, would take longer etc. We met them again 2 days later as they arrived at the campsite sweaty after their ride in, while Dave and I were showered changed and ready for the evening! We didn’t tell them that we had caught the train in for the last 25k. Since then we keep bumping into them so expect to see them in Tallinn. (Ha! Got our towel down well before them! One nil!! –DK)
Also met some Australians – Geoff and Rosemary who have just cycled through South America and were on their way to Lapland. They have been on the road for 21 months so were full of advice on routes, wind, saddle sores, food etc. They were a lovely chatty couple who seemed to relish talking to other people, suppose we will after that amount of time!!
Talking about Dave, he very kindly cleaned both bikes(I did his washing though). It’s a very messy process as he is using petrol as the degreaser, so I made him strip to his speedos to do the job. Afterwards he used the washing up liquid in the shower to get rid of the oil. Now I am always saying he uses too much and sure enough he had bubbles coming out of the cubicle and couldn’t get rid of the foam!!
I have also been charmed by the red squirrels on the site but last night one came into the tent and stole our chocolate biscuits – little bugger!! (So that’s now two items of chocolate lost to some pesky little rodent).
Now its about time I took the right to reply to all these accusations! All are true, so cannot contest them, BUT, Caroline is not without her own flaws! This, at present comes out in the early hours of the morning when I’m woken by her snoring. Not only do I have to contend with the population of a busy Helsinki campsite, the birds that only shut up at around 00:30 and then start again, on the dot of 3am, and the sunlight, that at 2am you can still walk about in dusk light just to start to see the sky going red for sunrise at about 3am, but have her, next door, snoring away. Now Caroline doesn’t like noise, so has taken over the only pair of ear plugs that we have with us(that I packed) and therefore cannot hear me fidgeting about, sleepless and does not respond at all to any amount of nudging to stop her snoring. So bad was it that I decided to take a walk around the camp for a good 45 minutes last night at 3am – to at last come back to a completely silent tent. Snuggled back into my sleeping bag ready to dose off for the next 4 hours (although you have to contend with the dawn chorus which has already started to get into full flow) only to hear her START SNORING AGAIN! What can I do – perhaps buy another tent!!