As my family was out of town I had a time for a midweek overnighter. Only problem was that I had to be at work 7am the next morning. I have had an idea to sleep on top of Mt. Paloheinä so I went for that.
Mt Paloheinä is situated at the northern part of Helsinki in the heart of our central park which is a neat forest corridor straight from the city central to the northern parts. Mt. Paloheinä is a nice hill with some good views but is actually an old landfill although nicely landscaped. Well it does bring some variation to our flat scenery.
At thursday evening after work I took a nap and started packing, didn't need much just a couple of pieces bred, some cheese and of course two pints of lager. I started pedaling around 8.00 pm and about an hour later I was at Paloheinä just a bit too late to miss the sunset from the top. I looked around for a suitable dry and flat spot to put my sleeping mat where I would be hidden from the passer bys. I didn't really find one so I just spread my gear at the "second peak", the lookout spot. There are some quite popular jogging trails around Paloheinä but only a few people were jogging up the slope and no one came to the lookout spot so I was on my own. I laid in my sleeping bag looking at the airplanes passing by and even some stars through the light pollution from the city. I slowly sipped beer and fell to sleep around midnight.
|This trip was not a photofest just this one pic. I'll try to be more active in the future.. promise!|
The next morning I had an alarm at 6am and it was really humid. The morning dew was everywhere
but not luckily through my sleeping bag. I had a bivybag with me but didn't bother to use it. But no harm done anyway. I ate my bread and rode to work, maybe a ten minutes ride. Good part about this trip is that I got to sleep half an hour longer if I had ridden from home.