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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 7/23/2017 10:05 PM
Once I woke up started thinking about the route for today and tomorrow. I still have the option of going through Tallinn or via St. Petersburg and I decided that final decision is done based on how the driving feels today. St. Petersburg route would almost for sure mean one more night compared to Tallinn option.

Was downstairs bat 07:00 for breakfast, couple of other quests there as well.

Breakfast was just perfect, would make me drive all day long with this.

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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 5/28/2016 9:04 PM
Got everything packed on the previous day – finally – and was just waiting for the morning to see how early I would wake up. At 04:14 I was already up and planning for the coming day. I was not able to book a morning ferry, both of them were already booked so I needed to take 13:30 ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn.

Not too bad, I got some time to rethink how to pack everything and it was really needed as well.

And I got also something to eat before leaving from home.

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By noon I was ready and started driving towards ferry. Some...
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 6/29/2015 9:38 PM
Time to start this years summer trip. Wakeup time was 05:00 in the morning and as I has pretty much everything packed I was not in any hurry this time – or so I though.

Just as I was about to leave and put my luggage into my motorbike, I could not find the key for it! Then I remembered that last night I was putting some stuff to the bike and I had probably left the key into my trousers pocket. And Anne just turned on the washing machine with my trousers in there. But after 10 minutes waiting to get all the water out and door opened, key was found and this time it was clean as well.

So after this incident, bike finally packed and ready to go.

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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 6/4/2015 9:00 PM
This day was going to be a long one, so breakfast at 06:30 and right after 07:00 I was on the road again.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 5/22/2015 10:10 PM
This time decided to take a bit different approach when leaving from Finland. Usually I have been driving one really long day to somewhere, but now I left with 13:30 ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn and was about to drive only few hundred kilometers.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 3/5/2015 10:32 AM
Tomorrow starts this year’s first motorbike trip to south, all the way to Estonia and Estonia Winter XXIII.

Finally got the ferry tickets booked as well, some issues on Tallink’s web booking as there is no option to book 1 adult, 1 child and two vehicles. After complaining – again – on this I got a call from Tallink’s customer service and they made the booking for me.

Now I just have to decide which bike to take: GSA or KTM. I already gave GSA license plate number when making the ferry booking so I guess that is the transportation method then.

New set of tires arriving – hopefully – today, so I can get fresh set of TKC80 under my GSA. If not, I might then take the KTM instead as it has real winter tires with spikes.

Last 8 km to the venue Mustjõe Kõrtsitalu might be a bit challenging with summer tires, but hopefully not too bad.

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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...