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Story time: Breeze of history

Yesterday I went for a ride that ended up being 188 kilometers. Somewhat by accident it turned out to be an adventure back in time. Ride took me 8 hours and 30 minutes of moving time. Around 11 hours and 30 minutes total.

boathouse
Old renovated boathouse

The first stop was planned and located at an old church that was built in early 16th century. Even though I'm not a religious person by any means, this church was really beautiful in it's own right. Just makes you wonder how much work it must have been to built that and to carry all those stones. All without cars and the help of electricity.

old church
16th century church

Key to happiness?

Weather stayed good most of the time, there were couple of strong showers during the day. While riding on quiet countryside roads I noticed an abandoned buiding, it used to be a small grocery store. I can imagine how this place was full of life back in the day people doing their thing day by day. Nowadays everyone moving into the big cities, countryside is slowly dying as less and less young people are staying. 

While I took pictures of the old shop, an old woman walked past me and said something like "we used to have life going on here, now is just deteriorating houses everywhere". She talked for a while about the history of the surroundings. She had been living in this small town for all of her life. She sounded very happy and energized despite of her age. I wonder, is that the key to happiness so many of us are missing today? To belong. 

An abandoned grocery store

Creepy cemetery

As my ride went along, I stumpled upon a seemingly abandoned cemetery. Middle of nowhere. I think that someone is taking care of the place, but the graves looked very, very old. It was literally nothing but the cemetery in the middle of a vast woodland. Kind of creepy, yet peaceful. Place that holds countless stories to be told.

Old cemetery
An old cemetery

Yet, how small we are

My ride was around 130km in as I noticed a small sign on the side of the road. The sign said there's a viewpoint near by. I left my bike slightly hidden in the bush and started walking on a steep trail. After around 200 meters there it was. Huge tower on a top of an already tall cliff. View was absolutely amazing and pretty well sums up what Finland is all about. Forests, lakes and houses here and there. This kind of view always makes me wonder how bloody small we humans are. It's almost like we do not exist.

Beautiful view in Finland
Beautiful view

I had some snack on the top of the tower, wind was pretty rough and the tower was literally swinging so I decided to continue with my ride.

There would be so much more to talk about this trip, but I don't want to write a book. So thank you for reading and keep riding!

Cheers,
Niko

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