Unique turfing

Lately my main focus have been visiting unique zones and take zones from unique turfers. While unique zones is quite easy and you can see in the the application which ones are unique it is quite challenging to chase unique turfers.

The receptionists at my work have become used to my short breaks when I take the zone just outside my work everytime a unique turfer shows up but the best zone in Karlstad for unique turfers are the one on the main square. I often adjust my coffee breaks and lunches to take a short bike tour to the square. But owning the zone at the square is also quite risky in the chase for good statistics because I often loose the zone to another unique turfer.

Today after the SKL Cykelconference, that I participated in and spread information regarding Turf I took zones from all the new turfers that I recruited (of course), I finaly got a four digits number:

Still a long way from the toplist at warded where Mobius holds the 10th place with 1672 unique turfers but I’m on my way!

Unique zones then? Last round I visited Borlänge again, about a year since my last visit. And took my unique zone number 1500 which was a personal milestone to the big goal 2500. Borlänge is a hard city to turf in according to me with paths that is hard to find and a city structure that is not my cup of turf. It was nice to see Dekatomas again which I met last time, at that time he was a beginner and we had a talk and I gave him some tips (I think). Today he have passed my on every level!

Today after a visit in Helsinki last weekend my number is 1560 so the journey continues.

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Go West

During the christmas holidays I had some spare time when my girlfriend was in Kristinehamn with her parents. As a dedicated Turfer I saw this as a chance to finally put out some of my red dots in the map “Never taken zones in my region” which you can find on Warded. I usually never visit the cities in Värmlands western corners so I need to make these dedicated trips more often.

The 22nd of December I had 90 zones that I have never visited in my region, today the number has decreased to 86 zones after taking 32 never taken zones… Get the math? No? Santa decided to bring a christmas present with a bunch of new zones the day after my tour….

Anyway, it was a nice tour and here are some pictures from it.

Säffle

The first town to visit was Säffle, I brought my city bike and the intention was to park in center of the town and the cycle to the zones in the city. It worked fine until the bottom bracket decided to brake down.. from that moment it was carturfing. Not a favorite of mine and very time consuming.

View from the neighborhood of GåPåVatten

View from the zone GåPåVatten

The zone OldWaterS

And here at the top of the climb, almost inside the zone OldWaterS my bicycle broke apart. At this time I had visited all the zones east of OldWaterS but from there the car was my veicel, my first thought was to run but I don’t think I would have the time to visit all the towns I had planed in that case.

End of the fun

Årjäng

After a small detour pass the zone FleetwoodZone in Svanskog the next stop was Årjäng, a town mostly known for the troll and for their summer camp, both of them have zones of course.

YearTroll

Looks kind of sad due to the horns

Elk at the entry to Årjäng camp

Elk close to the zone ÅrjängCamp

Töcksfors

Töcksfors became the last town to visit on this trip, my initial plan was to travel from here to Charlottenberg and then take Arvika on my way home but turfing with the car takes a lot of more time than with the bike so at the time I arrived to Töcksfors the sun was already gone there and I decided to turn back home.

View over the docks at Töckcamp

Felt a bit unsafe to walk on the pier due to all the ice and snow. Also while walking the bridges begun to move and the ice burst in some places, kind of frightening in the dark.

View from Töckscamp

Next time a will bring my cyclocross instead and hopefully have the time to visit som more towns.