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Day 63

Helsinki

overcast 3 °C

We had a rather expensive breakfast at the Ibis we had stayed in overnight. Nice though!

We were off on the road at 12pm but knowing we would gain an hour going into Finland! So 11am really! We navigated through St. Petersburg fairly successfully until there was a slight misunderstanding as to the direction we should be going and we sat waiting for each other for 20 minutes 1 mile apart!

The weather was fairly bitterly on the road and didn't climb much above 4 degrees and when your hacking along on a motorbike at 70mph it feels a lot colder! The road was in far better condition than coming from Estonia to St. Petersburg much to our relief.

We stopped for some petrol quite soon after leaving and are still quite surprised at the price......20p/litre. A quick bite to eat as well and then to the border.

The border was smooth enough both getting out of Russia and getting into Finland. We arrived at 4.15pm and were on our way by 4.30pm. We had altered our clocks as well mind you!

Then we sped to Helsinki without drama, (except perhaps for the extra 1 Euro on the petrol!) arriving at around 7.30pm. A quick face wash and we headed out to eat. The hotel receptionist recommended if we like garlic we go to a restaurant around the corner called Kynsilavkka, which is Finnish for Garlic! Some very nice food though, but the smell may last with us for some time!

255 miles ridden today.

Posted by EdAndJames 01:25 Archived in Finland

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