Yesterday we rode our new bikes out to the small fishing village of Bönan north and east of the city. The ride was about 14km each way and even though the route went through mostly rural areas we were able to stay on bike paths the entire way.
We took our time on the way out and stopped at a few places that overlooked the water. First we came to Engeltofta which seems to be a hotel and restaurant right on the water with a little beach but I think it’s closed for the winter.
Next we stopped at Engesbergsviken before arriving in Bönan.
Bönan itself is somewhat reminiscent of the fishing villages you find in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia but in better shape. While the houses are similar wooden style they are all very well maintained and look to be quite nice. It’s hard to tell if there is really that much fishing going on here or if that is more a thing of the past and things are more set up for tourism now. We did however see some big traps so we know that at least some fishing is still going on, but how much we don’t know. Either way it was a pretty little town.
As we were riding out I could see that there were whitecaps on the Gävlebukten even though it was an offshore wind. I figure that it must get pretty crazy when the wind blows on shore as you’ll get wind chop plus there should be some good swell coming in as well. My mind starting thinking about how this could be a really good location for a downwind OC/Surfski race. Of course I don’t have a boat and I don’t think there are any paddlers in the area, but for fun I made up a race course in google maps that looks like it could work. Just over 17km with around 14km downwind with a little flatwater canal action at the finish just to make it interesting (and some good spectator viewing as well). It’s probably totally illegal as it runs right through the harbour, but it looks good in theory. If I somehow magically have a boat here next summer I think I’ll try this run. Who else is in?