The KLR did its 103 000th km today. What made it so special is that the KLR and I crossed the Arctic Circle twice and are now more than 300 km north of the Circle. Even more special is that we rode into permanent daylight. I am in Inari tonight and we have a 24 hour day now. That means the sun does not set and does not rise. It is 24 hours light …
I confirmed the information of the GPS on this website.
After crossing the Arctic Circle I rode into a heavy cold headwind. The sun was shining for a while but there was no heat. I stopped at a roadside shop and bought me a Lapland poncho for heat. I am wearing it now and it is cozy warm!
Before I share some photographs I have to compliment the old KLR. It is without end. With its big fuel tank it is covering huge distances here in the north of Finland where fuel stations are quite far apart. Between the Arctic Circle and Inari I had to keep a constant speed due to the headwind. The first fuel pumps were at 200 km. They didn’t take any money, only credit cards, and my credit card was packed deep away. I left with a smile, still not worried because I knew there was still a lot of petrol in its tank.
Speaking of fuel, yesterday and today I had to pay R 18,67 per liter! Ouch!!
I try to avoid cities and stay over where there are not many people. I came to a village yesterday where there are only 15 permanent residents. I rented a room from Tuija and Sarmo and fell in love with the place. I paged through a photo album of their place during winter. Stunning!
And there a new dream was born. I want to see the Polar Lights (aurora). The photographs taken of those greenish lights were just amazing. It can be seen only during the winter, and there is no guarantee that one will see it at all.
Spending two weeks there when there is practically no daylight. That should be an experience.
Tuija and Sarmo spoilt me with a big lunch (they didn’t charge me for it), coffee and cake (for free), and then late afternoon a trip on the lake with their ferry-boat (no charge again!!). And she did my washing for free!
These two were wonderful people who proved once again there are many good people out there.
Start: N64 33.489 E26 50.230 (Finland)
Finish: N66 35.160 E24 36.875 (Finland)
Distance: 324 km
Start: N66 35.160 E24 36.875 (Finland)
Finish: N68 54.369 E27 00.405 (Finland)
Distance: 395 km
Here are two panorama pictures of the beautiful Finish lakes:
At the moment I am struggling to start eating again after having something to eat only once a day for the last week and a half. It wasn’t that there wasn’t any food available but my body revolted against any fatty or oily food. So I stopped eating. Yesterday for lunch I had a massive lunch and my body revolted again, now against so much food. Last night I had cold ever and couldn’t keep the food in.
I am going to eat something small now. I hope it will go better than yesterday.
Tomorrow the route is going further north towards Norwegian.
Regards from daylight Inari!