A View From the Baltic
By Ben Keene
istorians trace the origin of skiing to Fennoscandia, a region that encompasses Finland, Norway, Sweden and northwestern Russia. For more than 8,000 years, the typically long winters in this part of the world made gliding over the snow an effective and efficient mode of travel. During the warmer months, however, a much more recent European invention has steadily gained converts: the bicycle. By comparison, the emergence of long-distance cycling routes, including the international EuroVelo network, followed a relatively short time ago, with a number of Nordic countries choosing to repurpose former railroad lines as rail-trails...
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