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Old 07-24-07, 10:40 AM   #1
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Clyde done some touring

Hi! I'm just back from a tour of Sweden and northern Finland. Rode from Stockholm to Strängnäs, Enköping, Uppsala, Gävlre än north, around the top of the gulf of Bothnia, and down to Oulu on the Finnish coast. Took a train from there as the weatherman threatened rain and thunder. 1700km, 17 days, 4 of them resting and a bit more gear than I really needed. They have lots of hills in the middle part of Sweden, I soon found out. Photos will follow when I have them sorted, resized and uploaded, might take I while. I weighed it at 93kg today, exactly the same as when I left.
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nice ride!! i'd love to ride in that region at some point! Congrats! can't wait to see pics! i'm sure it was a beautiful sight!
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Cool, looking forward to the pics!
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Heh, broke down and uploaded some resized ones now, here's a taste:











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Old 07-24-07, 11:22 AM   #5
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Looks like Michigan!

Cool tour though!

By the way, your link has been hijacked, it goes to a domain registry service page.
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By the way, your link has been hijacked, it goes to a domain registry service page.[/QUOTE]

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Sweet pics! I like! It does look like Northern Michigan, by the way, few less trees though.
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Added some words to the photos and uploaded on http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/sweden07
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Popping in to say I have now typed out 7 of the days and added more photos :-)
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What is with all the ferries? I have never seen that many in one place before.

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What is with all the ferries? I have never seen that many in one place before.

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Mariehamn harbour on Åland, a autonomous island region of Finland is a stop between Helsinki/Turku and Stockholm. The big passenger shipping companies thrived off selling tax-free booze and cigarrettes before the E.U. and now they make the trip take as long as possible to sell more drinks and food to passengers insted :-)

Why they choose to enter and leave the port almost simultaniously I have no idea, maybe to give people something to look at/talk about.
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Most remarkable. I think I would look and talk about it also (after all, I just did!).

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Hej, I was just checking out the crazyguyonabike -journals and found yours by accident. I read it for a while and started thinking "weren't there this guy in BF from Finnish West Coast talking about this kind of tour... didn't he ride a Thorn..." D'oh.

Seems like a nice tour. How did you like the scenery coming down South from Tornio? I hear it can be a bit dull (flat), especially from Oulu onwards, and even more so if you're riding into headwind...

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