Gravel grinding weekend

I had a splendid weekend at my dad’s summer cottage at Pertunmaa. Finland is full of fun gravel roads, and the area of Pertunmaa is no exception. The area is filled with countless kilometers of gravel roads it’s a gravel grinder’s paradise. I did a 30-35km ride on both Saturday and Sunday and oh boy was it fun! These were my first “proper” gravel rides ever. Seems to be much more fun than road cycling. After coming back to the cottage it was perfect to take a dip in the lake and cool down a bit.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

Some of the road surfaces were quite soft.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

“Hietaniementie”

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

According to the map, this was supposed to be a road. I didn’t mind at all as it proved to be a superbly fun path to ride on.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

“Leppilammentie”

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

This was such a pretty spot. I just had to stop and admire the view for a while.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

Another one of the map’s “roads”. This was a bit too much for my bike as there were large rocks, the surface was wet and loose, and it descended quite steeply. Might have been fun with a full suspension mountain bike though.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

“Salmen silta”

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

I stopped and had a short break at this scenic small bridge.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

“Miekansalmentie”. This road had plenty of rather tough ascends and exciting descends. It’s quite a feeling going downhill at 50+ km/h on gravel roads such as this.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

The Maxxis Raze 700 x 33C is great on gravel roads.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

Forest roads like this are really fun to ride on!

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

I sparked quite a bit of curiosity in these massive animals.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

I guess they aren’t too used to seeing cyclists.

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

“Hietaniementie”

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

I was really pleased with these tires. I rode them at around the minimum recommended pressure of 3.4 bar. They seem to be excellent on asphalt and gravel, etc. Not sure about puncture resistance though…

Gravel grinding at Pertunmaa / Mäntyharju

I noticed that a tiny stowaway had jumped aboard at some point.

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