Skip to main content

Story time: Time's no more

For a while I've had this strange urge to visit a small town called Sammaljoki. I have no idea why. I decided to ride there as it made a nice 200km roundtrip.

It was a great ride. Beautiful country side, colors of autumn and nearly empty roads.

Theater of imagination

After around 30 kilometres I saw a small signpost saying something about an outdoor theater. I ride past the sign, but after couple of minutes I decided to turn around and go see what that sign was all about.

There was a beautiful theater by a lake. I went to the top of the grandstand to sit there awhile. View was amazing, leaves where falling of from the trees as autumn starts to take over the land. There was a scent of old leaves in the air. It was completely silent. Almost like time ceased to exist.

Outdoor theater

I probably lost at least 30 minutes just by listening that nothingness.

Shed that was

My route took me to an seemingly old and bumpy gravel road. The road was surrounded by fields and very high rocks. Forest on top of those rocks looked very old. Thick trees on the cliffs looked almost magical. I felt an urge to leave my bike somewhere and climb up to see the view but didn't as those rocks were very high and hard to get to.

I continued the ride and felt like that my road bike was not an optimal machine to ride on the bumpy gravel road. After the next intersection I saw an old shed in the woods which had a door wide open. The place for it was beautiful, there was a small river running underneath the shed. I think the place was an old abandoned water mill, very small one. 

Carpenter shed

As the door for the upstairs part of the shed was open I took a peek inside. There was a room that had a smell of old wood and dust. It felt like no one had been there for a long, long time. It was an old tool shed for a carpenter. I can only imagine how it was working there while listening the river running underneath. No electricity. A place without rush, a home of handicrafts.

Wayfarers hope

After riding around 150 kilometres I saw an fairly old wooden church. Simply a beautiful peace of architecture in it's own right.

Put your mind back in time, say 800 years. You're an wayfarer, an adventurer, someone who nobody really waits for but wants to hear what you have to tell. You're someone that knows what is happening in the world. Life's not easy for you. It's walking, your home is on the road. After walking for days through a dense forest your eyes catch a cross shining on the high grounds. It's a church! It means warmth, maybe even food. 

Churches where mostly built on old holy places of pagans, usually fairly high and visible places, they must have been an important landmarks for wayfarers and wonderers alike.



Popular posts from this blog

Review: Fixie Inc. Floater Race 8s

 If you're a regular reader of this blog you may or may not have noticed that I have ridden quite a lot of bicycles in the last year or so. I think I have finally found what I've been looking for. Fixie Inc. Floater Race 8s I'm not a fan of having multiple bikes. I've done that and it's not for me. I much more prefer having one, maybe two bikes which are kept in good shape and ready to ride. So, I have sold all my bicycles and at the moment I only have one. I might buy another one for grocery shopping but that's about it. I saw this bike in an online store and started thinking that it would make a create gravel/touring bike for my adventures. I decided to buy it. I knew that I wanted to replace some of the parts from the get-go so I ordered those too. When the bike arrived I noticed that there will be some work to be done. Hub bearings on both wheels were way too tight. Rims were out of true pretty badly. Gears weren't working very well. However after servic

Story time: First snow

 Back on riding fixed gear bicycle. It's simply the best type of bicycle for me. For the coming spring and summer I have some bold plans in place. At least one 1200 kilometers fixed gear ride as well as some others. We got our first snow fairly early this year. No better time to test my new, although somewhat incomplete, fixed gear touring bicycle. At the moment I ride Santa Fixie Born frameset. It's s a chromoly steel frame with good tire clearance as well as mounts for mudguards. My plan is to build a long distance fixed gear touring bicycle around this frameset. More about that later this year / early 2022. This time my ride was only about 80km, it was cold, snow and ice was on the ground and I had  a new bicycle so I though that 80km is enough for testing the basics. With studded tires mounted on it was time to start pedaling. Roads in the country side were mix of snow and slush. Some black ice here and there. It did not take long to realize how much rolling resistance ther

Story time: Highway of thoughts

 Sometimes when riding bicycle for long periods of time, I start to think very mundane things again and again. Seems like that I can find something new in them. Something different. Something not so mundane.  Those mundane things of everyday life start to feel mystical. Things like falling leaves, shiny asphalt after the rain or things like railroads. Railroads in particular. They are symbols of what we have left of our true freedom. An illusion of freedom. Think about it. Train can only go where the rails go. In some sense, we humans have similar limitations. Our lives are restricted by an arbitrary rules and regulations. You're as free as the society lets you to be. Human is like a locomotive on a railroad. Well enough of that, let's continue... This time my ride took me on new roads to places I've had not seen before. The weather was beautiful. It was an early morning. Quiet countryside roads lead me from small village to another...until... House and a story I saw an old