Yes, two weeks since the last post, the regular Sunday post is not so regular these days. There are a few reasons for that, internet availability being one and post and article content being another. I've been gravitating toward posting less frequently but posting more content in my articles.
The weekly Sunday post is actually quite a large amount of work, as I put a lot of time into each article and it takes up over half of my week. It may not seem like it, but it does. So partly from lack of internet availability and partly out of trying to put together a more interesting and larger post or article I'm trying this 'every other week' post schedule out for a bit. Each article will have more content in it, maybe 2 articles in one post, which is how I prefer to write really.
Thoughts and feedback are welcomed in the comments section at the end of this post.
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As I was crossing over the Ounas river ice road on the way to Ari and Irene Kangasniemi at Hornwork, I stopped in the moddle of the frozen river, probably for the last time, to take in the view and the snow clouds in the distance.
One of the last times I'll be able to ride the ice road I guess, since the ice over the Ounas river is already melting fast. Only a few weeks ago there was snow on the ground, it was still in the -5° range and just a hint of Spring. This onset of warm weather has come on really quickly, most of it in the last two weeks. I don't really like it that much, especially this slushy dirty stuff thats all over the roads. Makes a mess of things. All of the nice white snowbanks piled up on the sides of the road only a few weeks ago have now been turned into a disgusting looking dirty black and brown color. Gross. Nasty stuff. I want my white fluffy snow back please. I guess I'll just have to wait until next October or November, depending on where I am.
Ari and Irene (Irene shares the same name as my Mum) Kangasniemi live and have their workshop, Hornwork, about 12 kilometers outside of Rovaniemi right alongside the Ounasjoki or Ounas river.
It's just a short drive from Karu MC here in Rovaniemi to reach them, if you happen to decide to come to Rovaniemi that is.
...which was preceded by the gift of the Standard stove pictured above, given to me by Timo Happonen.
Timo, you may remember, is the owner of the 1934 Harley Davidson sidecar outfit I photographed a few weeks back.
Timo and I were talking stoves one day and I was explaining about the 2 MSR stoves I carry with me on my outfit.
One, the MSR Dragonfly, is my main stove for daily use. The other, the MSR XGK, I have as a back-up and also as an engine warmer for the bike in Winter when temperatures get below -15°C. So in the course of conversation, Timo mentioned he had an old camp stove somewhere, "I'll dig it out" he said. "I'm not sure if it works or not, but you can have it, I never use it".
So Timo brought the stove to his school with him one day, cleaned it up by sand blasting it and rinsed out the old stinky 10 or 20 yr old fuel in it and gave it to me. He said he had it on a table in a garage sale many years ago and had a price of €8 on it and nobody wanted it, so it was waiting for me to come along.
Well, with the help of Timo's brother Matti we were able to get the old Standard stove fired up.
So when I was over at Ari and Irene's, I brought the Standard stove in to show them. I just thought they might like to see it. I was like a little kid with my new toy.