Tallinn calling

We spent 6 days in the end in Vuolenkoski looked after very well by David and Kirsti. David makes a great tour guide and we saw loads of towers, more trees and lakes and churches. We also did a boat trip to Heinola that was very relaxing. Also our knowledge of the Finnish language improved dramatically – not that it took much. But all too soon it was time to get moving again as our waistlines were expanding. I had been concerned about climbing back to the main road from their cabin but I pulled down the big brim on my hat, did not look up and pedalled hard and we made it.

We cycled to the coast on the hottest day so far. Loviisa is well worth a visit with impressive fortifications and many old buildings. We got to Helsinki the next day to be told that the campsite was full of rock fans for a weekends concert – fortunately there was room. We visited more churches – one underground that was only visible from the top by the shallow dome. We saw the Sibelius monument and many designer shops. We finished the day with a burger & chips fix. The burger was the biggest ever and we were well stuffed.

The ride into Helsinki was pleasant and soon we were in Tallinn, our 4th new country. Its around 30° now and it was very pleasant to visit the underground passages at 6°. We were supplied with blankets to keep warm. Ian nearly rode a Segway but we did not have the necessary documents on us. Tomorrow we head off into the country.