Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bike ride, boat ride

Every now and then a few of us will get together and ride bikes. This summer we decided to repeat the ride of a few years back. From Jyväskylä to Laukaa along country roads, then a ride on a packet boat back to Jyväskylä.

This trip included myself along with my friends Hokki and Matti. The weather seemed promising when Hokki and I headed towards Vaajakoski to pick up Matti. Five minutes out of Vaajakoski it became necessary for us to seek refuge from the rain under a conveniently located bus shelter.




The rain let up and the sun came out and we continued on our journey towards Laukaa. The weather held up nicely until the last possible minute, but by then we had arrived at the Laukaa Harbor and its cafe.



We made it indoors and the rain began to pour down again.



The harbor cafe serves a nice plate of makkaraperunat. Just what a serious cyclist needs after a rough hour of downhill pedaling.




The skies cleared, we went for a swim and made it back to the pier just in time to flag down the Suomen Suvi.






The Laukaa harbor as seen from the deck of the Suomen Suvi.

To get to Jyväskylä from Laukaa by boat you have to pass through two sets of locks. The first lock is at Kuhankoski.






The Kuhankoski lock opening up to let the water out.




Central Finland landscape off the starboard bow.




The Wanha Woimala (Old Power Plant) as seen from the Vaajakoski lock.




Approaching Lake Jyväsjärvi.




Downtown Jyväskylä on the horizon.




The Ainolanranta and Suuruspää neighborhoods, the Kuokkala Bridge, and off our port bow, the Suomi. The Suomi is a steamship which has been plying the waters of Lake Päijänne since 1906. Information about Hilden Lines boat tours can be found here.



The bikes waiting to disembark at the Jyväskylä Harbor.



Our approximate route:


Näytä Bike ride to Laukaa, Boat ride to Jyväskylä suuremmalla kartalla

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