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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2017 9:00 PM
Had on lazy morning, breakfast in Tampere Maja was about to start only at 08:00.

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Breakfast was just fine, some bread, porridge, juice and EXCELLENT COFFEE! Finally! I have really missed good Finnish style of filtered...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2017 5:46 AM
Once I woke up I checked latest ferry ticket prices over to Tallinn and discovered that 10:30 ferry was some 74€ and 13:30 was only 28€ so easy decision was made and I was in no hurry anymore.

Went early to the garage to finish packing the bike, did not have enough time to do that yesterday and take bike to home. I did have everything already packed back at home, now just some final tuning of them.

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There had been some news that they would check more carefully everybody’s travel documents in the harbor so I left even earlier than usually and still there...
By Ilpo Juvander on 5/31/2017 2:39 PM
Nothing special on the morning, just lazy breakfast before ferry got to Helsinki at 10:15.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/17/2017 8:38 PM
Finally day came that I got my GSA out from garage again! Long waited summer (?) is here again!

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By 09:00 I had everything packed and once I got out Tommi came as well to take picture from me leaving.

Was going to take it easy riding today, headed first to Vaalimaa border crossing and got actually quite fast through (less than an hour).

Next stop was Vyborg to get some Russian rubles and also fuel the bike.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/7/2016 9:28 PM
Distance to home: 1212 km, estimated day of arrival: 8.7.2016

Woke up really early little before 04:00. Had not changed my wristwatch to local time and thought that it was already time to wake up, alarm was about to go off at 06:00 as usual. Took a while until I realized what time really was and could not get to sleep anymore so decided to start doing my morning activities.

Little before 06:00 I was ready again and started moving towards bike. When getting out from the room I thought that some other guest was also about to leave, but no, it was the lady from the reception that had slept in a room next to mine and was looking really sleepy! Not probably her best time to wake up… Place was totally locked so without her I would not have got out from there.

But little after 06:00 I was ready to ride again, sun was shining and temperature was really nice 18 degrees.

I had set my goal to drive to either St. Petersburg or...
By Ilpo Juvander on 9/2/2015 7:56 AM
When looking at Hotel Price Index and it’s numbers from Finland I cannot stop wondering how these all can be so expensive? And all of these very much on same level?

Helsinki: 114€ Jyväskylä: 105€ Oulu: 106€ Turku: 110€ Vaasa: 110€ Maarianhamina: 134€ Rovaniemi: 107€ Lahti: 85€ During my travels across Europe I have always found cheaper options even in bigger cities. This year’s trip to Malta average price per night on hotels was 44€ and all of them included breakfast, some of them even for two especially on the way back when Max was with me.

In Finland you cannot really travel this cheap and lucky for me I’m not doing that! And not planning to do that either, not with these prices on the table.

Even going to Tallinn will drop the prices back to _normal_ level where one can easily find a place to sleep with 25€ and when paying 10€-15€ more breakfast is also included.

In Helsinki cheapest option today is 79,90€ per night...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/29/2015 8:43 PM
Got Max up a bit earlier since we needed to be on the road right after 08:00 so that we get into ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki.

Breakfast was normal bread, coffee and yoghurt – lots of coffee to get day started.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/5/2015 6:45 PM
Woke up early and managed to get breakfast already before 08:00 so pretty soon after 08:00 I was on the road again driving towards Tallinn.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/26/2014 7:28 PM
Had a small breakfast as I had reserved a ferry ticket with an entry to Business Lounge where I would get proper lunch. This has become a tradition, my last treat before getting back home after these holiday trips.

By 08:00 I was on the road and heading towards Tallinn. Did not stop even once on the way, just drove the 317 km to the harbor with a small detour to get some drinks.

I got well on time to the ferry, few other bikes were there as well, coming from an weekend biker meeting in Estonia.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/19/2014 6:13 PM
Finally the day was there again! Long waited vacation was there again.

I had originally planned to leave on Thursday morning, but I had somehow mixed the ferry booking and was pretty much forced to take the one I got and it happened to be the one on 18th of June, Wednesday night ferry leaving Helsinki at 21:30 towards Tallinn.

Plan was now to drive directly from Tallinn to Warsaw using Via Baltica and not take any smaller roads due to the fact that I was driving by night.

Everything was already packed, just some fine tuning and I was ready to leave.

First stop was going to be my local gas station, I was not going to stop in Tallinn for fuel as I wanted to get as fast forwards as possible.

I was an hour before ferry departure at the harbor, but everybody was already queuing in there. Couple of other bikers were waiting to board as well, but not really many.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/18/2014 6:17 PM

Just some final fine tuning and in an hour I will be leaving from home towards ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn.

By Ilpo Juvander on 7/24/2013 8:00 PM
As weather was looking horrible, we decided to take a shortcut via Tallinn to Helsinki.

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We took via smaller roads on Russian side towards Pechory border crossing, rain stopped finally once were approaching it. Pechory border crossing itself was nothing special, normal queuing with few cards.

Road on Estonia side was under construction for few kilometers after the border, but after that we got to the bigger roads and just drove to Tallinn.

And before boarding ferry we needed to do some mandatory...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/21/2013 10:34 PM
I could barely sleep during the night as I was waiting already when to get On The Road again!

But morning came and I was carrying rest of the stuff into the bike while waiting Harri to arrive.

We took off 08:00 in the morning and headed towards Vaalimaa using almost direct route, except one detour at the end to see this last bits of Kuninkaantie between Hamina and Vaalimaa.

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At Vaalimaa border on Russian side we also witnessed a car crash: One Russian car jumped not once, twice but three times to another Russian car and then everything was totally...