2009 Trip – Day 1

Uneventful flights from Tallinn, but security unhappy with my bag again.

At Oulu bus station, hundreds of students were trying to catch buses to Ruka.  Apparently I had clashed with some species of holiday.  I finally got onto the 3rd and last bus which left 45 minutes late.  I tried to phone Timo:  Good news, SIM card still active, but bad news, he can hear me but I can’t hear him.  I discovered that text messages still worked OK.

At the farm I discover that my lantern and bag of clothes are missing; Timo instigated a search and after a while delivered a map case for me to borrow which turned out to be the one I lost two years ago and thought was somewhere at home!

2008 Trip – Day 1

Distance Average Speed Max Speed
32.7 km 9.6 km/h 25.6 km/h

Uneventful trip on Ferry.  Long wait at Helsinki railway station.  Thought had compartment to self, but slightly drunk Finnish dock worker appeared just after train had started.  Got some sleep, but train seemed to have square wheels.

Got sled sorted out quite quickly and after helping to get a couple of other groups off I left after lunch.  Headed N and found Marco’s special route never driven before.  Went all way to near road and then back via Jänisvaara.  Very tired and soon to sleep.  Lots of snow during day and night.

2007 Trip – Day 1

Ick, uck!  Sleepless (almost) night on the train arriving hungry and thirsty at 0605. Unfortunately, bus station doesn’t open until 0700. A kind Finn directed me to a very small kiosk, but they could only sell me a fizzy drink and a Mars bar which made my teeth hurt.  I took refuge in the railway station waiting room and was the first customer at the bus station.  A grumpy lady sold me a Jurmu ticket together with a tea and a pasty.

Amazingly, the bus driver hadn’t heard of Jurmu (despite it being a scheduled stop) and had to look it up. After we left Pudasjärvi he even got out his GPS, presumably to help find the stop.

I was met at the bus stop by Timo. When we got to the farm I helped to start some guests, but then went to sleep.  I woke up for lunch and dinner.