tiistai 30. maaliskuuta 2010
Hi, I'm Sarianna, a friend with Alain from the time we were young, working in Kautokeino in same time. I saw two weeks ago in newspaper Alains pic and took contact after 27 years..he asked me to join him! Why not! And now I'm here, walking day by day to the north.. I came from Tampere by train and bus to Enontekiö last week, on friday. We have walked 3 days now, it's very fine to walk here in the silence and see how the landscape is changing, no more big trees, or real trees at all..hills and just white snow..sometimes reindeers. Sun is shining and it's -5 to -10 degrees, that's good by walking.
Specially it has been amasing to meet all those friendly people in every village we've been. We have met every where so kind and helpful people!! My warm thanks to you all! Our walking is going to continue tomorrow from Kautokeino to Karasjoki...and to Nordkapp. see you..
maanantai 22. maaliskuuta 2010
19/3....The next day, I contact Heikki Järvisto hwo is working for the concil with the youth. Sarianna Siren arrive at with the bus. Sarianna is a friend wich I know from the Kautokeino time( 1982; 83). She contact me few days ago, and decide to join me for the last part of this walk. WHY NOT. Heikki give us a place to stay at the youth house for the week end. It's a special week end . It's the Mariane day. During those days , a lot of things happen. Reinder race, traditionlal music festival, dancing, .....and more. I meet also, an old friend, Taisto Laakso from the same time. He is a champion at playing saw, like a violin. We enjoy the evening at his place, drinking, music and dancing.
20/3....bit crapula...Sarianna and I went to see the reinder race, enjoy the sun.
21/3....Mariane Paiva... resting day. Preparing the bags... very nice day
18/3....again -30. Big plate of porridge wil do the long walk .27km to Enontekio, the last big village before Norway. Today, my leg hurts very badly. I have to stop many time. The weather is fine, blu sky, no wind, but cold even with the sun. I arrive in Enontekio bit kapput. The day before, I got a phone call from the Hettan Majatalo hotel, where I got a reservation for the night, offert by the Enontekio sanamat( Katia ). I meet a french guy, Victor, who leaves here, working with the tourist. I meet his girl friend Bigga, who invite me to her mother house for a dinner. A very good dinner, with smoked reinder meet, wine ,.... Back to the hotel, seeting by the fire place....
17/3...I went up staires for breacfast, and at I took the road by -32 again. 25km to do.
After 7km, I stop in a souvenir shop where Sana Alatalo was expecting me. 50cents a cafe +pulla(kind of donuts). The best so far in Finland.Sana offert me a lot of clothes. New. A nice pull over, a warm skin hat, a pare of gloves,a trousers and a lot of pulla. Pieces of reinder meet too. Thank you
15/3..... 2 months allready on the road and nearly 1000km done. I have to meet Juhani Roima at Kolstrom sport shop for a new pare of shoes, sponsored by Sakari Lipponen from Kolari ( AKKIHOPU). Juhani gave me also a new pare of socks. All mine have holes. Today I stay in Muonio. Too late to start walking, Arto let me stay for one more night. Good for my legs
14/3...I get up at . Sunday and already sunny day. I went down to the village to try to find a car to bring me up to the point I left the road. Nobody in the village. I think they are all sleeping. Well, I walk about 7km south, and went back to the village. The km I was missing yesterday are done. I went to
13/ 3....Long walk today again, 46
km north to Muonio. Jukka pick me up at to bring me there. Still 16km to do to Muonio.
I arrive at Arto Hietanen house. Actually, I meet Arto on the way. Many talks, enjoy food , sauna and beer. Arto is an artist in many way. His doing painting, ceramics and black smith. Went to bed after few more beer. Very tired.
maanantai 15. maaliskuuta 2010
12/3...8am, I leave the house of Sakari. -27 and 35km to do. Blu sky all day. I di enjoed that long walk. few cars on that main road north up and down. At 3pm, I arrive at Kihlanki, a very tiny village, only 34 people. My new host, Jukka Rajala welcome me, and his wife Sirpa and his son Sami too. Jukka is a journalist also. He ask me so many questions. We had a dinner, sauna, and because of that long walk, my legs are very tired. Still some probleme with the right one. I went to bed, and sleep like a stone.
lauantai 13. maaliskuuta 2010
The first day was maybe the hardest, because we started with the easy 25km from Kemi to Tornio. I haven't really been walking long distances so it was a bit hard for me and my muscles. We had a reservation in Tornio City Hotel, and had a good nightsleep and good breakfast.
The next day we walked for 17km from Tornio to Kukkolankoski. There we had a warm welcome from people and sheeps and it was nice to get know those people. So thank you!
The third day was just from Kukkolankoski to Karunki. I decided to go back to Kemi by bus and get a one more night there and then go back to Helsinki.
The whole experience was great and I was really relaxed after that (but not my feet). So if you can, join Alain and walk with him for a while! It really is a good experience. I quarentee that you will have fun with him.
sunnuntai 7. maaliskuuta 2010
6.3....-16, blue sky and no wind .Ideal for walking. No sweating. During last week, the temperature was mild, beetween -4and-7. Too warm for walking. Today at noon, I pass the Polar circle line. It's a stop over for tourist .... To night I will sleep at Kari Kaulanen and Minna Siilasvuo house, at Turtola....
5.3....6.30 up, only -7 and it's look that there is no wind. Breacfast and Bye Bye to everybody. You must understand that it's very hard to leave a good home. so, I use to say Bye Bye very quick and run out. The road.
Today my host is at Kaulinranta, 21 km north.A tiny village by the Tornio river. On the other side is Sweeden. I arrive there at 1.30 pm Very easy walk . Aija Koskinen and Jari Suomela welcome me. The hobby
of Aija is to carve wood, build furniture. Very fine work. In theafternoon, I did some snow work, lapio and cola. A good glass of cognac to warm me up before the sauna, dinner and at 7pm , I went to bed.
I was very tired.
4.3....Living Steven and his wife at 8am. 30km to do, -10, and still the wind.Not too strong. The scenary change a bit. Curves, hills, and pin trees.....and snow!! The next stop is Ylitornio, a small village with everything. I arrive there at 2pm. Fast and hard walk. Ilka Korva came to pick me up near the church. At his home, his wife Anne and there 3 childrens , Mikka, Juhana and Maija give me a nice welcome. Juhana (11) and Maija (9) ask me a lot of questions about my travel around the world. It wasd the first time they practice english. We had a good time.
After dinner and shower, went to bed very tired.
3.3...Last day for Kirsi. She decide to go back to Kemi to finish her holidays, and visit some friends. We left the house of Jaako at 9am, -4 only, strong wind again. We arrive at Karunki at 11am, last place to find Mars bar. We had a cafe and pulla, last cigarette together, and Bye Bye Kirsi, it was nice from to walk with me. I enjoy your company. Back on the road alone, with the snow and strong wind. Still 15km to do. I almost get hit by a truck. He horn me at the last minute. I did not see him. I was walking my head bend, protect myself from the wind and snow, coming direct to my eyes,.Finally, at 2.30pm , i arrive to my host house. Steven Bratt and his wife Tuula welcome me. Steven was taking the snow of the roof. Very dangerous work. Steven Bratt is an artist, a peinter. I visit his workshop. Nice and big painting about Afgan war, soldiers.
2.3...At the hotel, we have a very good sleep. after a week on the sofa, finally a real bed. The breacfast buffet was fantastique. One of the best I ever see. full stomac, back on the raod for a easy day. 17km to do. -7 only, stong wind from the north and snowing. When we arrive at Kukkolankoski, we stop at Kukkolan-koski catering where we drink a cofe and bulla. We talk with the local people of the place, listen some storys, and continu to meet some friends of our Host. Petri Leinonen, Noora, Miika, and the dog Ebba welcome us. It's a little farm house with 250 sheeps After dinner, Petri brought us to our host for the night, at Jaako Heikkila house, and his wife Anne and the little baby girl, 2 and half month. Sorry, I forget her name. We have a very nice talk with Jaako, exellent dinner and wine. Kirsi got a very bad blister on the back of the right foot. wrong shoes.