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|Along Yoshino Kaido between Oume and Okutama|
|Tamagawa from the bridge at Kori near end of Yoshino Kaido|
|There is an election in July. The posters are up! Smiling fresh faces of "new" politics, as usual!|
|Near the Fussa beer brewery. Lots of green.|
|Yoshino Kaido near the climb to Jerome Hill. Low traffic after 5PM.|
|For those who do not live in Japan, this is a rest stop and public bathroom.|
Nice, simple wood architecture. No vandalism so it looks good even a number of years after built.
I did not use the facilities this trip, but the last time I did they were spotless.
|Instead of a convenience store, I stopped at a pizza/pasta local place on the return trip.|
Hibachiya in Baigo, Oume. Very much a Japanese melted cheese globby pizza, but filling, and the beer was cold.
|Turn around point. A classic checkpoint for any brevet heading out of Tokyo via Okutama.|
|Heading out Onekan on Saturday morning - we stop where lots of riders gather, at my request.|
|Yet another photo of the suspension bridge over Tsukui-ko|
|From a hillside SE of Tsukui-ko -- tranquil except for the poster of the omnipresent Kazuo Shii,|
(permanent?) chair of the central committee of the Japan communist party
|Very green on Saturday|
|I was distressed that another 7-11 (this one near Komae / Odakyu Line) has shutdown near the Tamagawa on the way out |
of town ... until I remembered that at least 2 new ones had opened nearby in recent years.
|Along the Sea of Japan north of Matsue|
|G7 Education Ministerial meetings coming soon to Ivy Square Hotel - Kurashiki|
|Waiting for Da Bra italian restaurant to open for our welcome party/early dinner|
|Jerome and I leave the Ivy Square hotel shortly after 3AM|
|Special briefing for the non-Japanese speaking riders|
|Finally dawn on the first day of the ride -- already well into the route and taking the hills on a quiet road above the fray|
|Our route, starting and finishing in Hayashima SE of Kurashiki, SW of Okayama City|
|The Seto-Ohashi comes into view - further spans barely visible in the distance|
“Ohashi"means "big bridge" and this one deserves the name. The longest double deck bridge in the world at 13 kms.
|At the base of the Seto Ohashi.|
Many spectacular views from elsewhere of this seemingly endless steel bridge
|PC1 - cruelly placed at the top of a nasty hill|
|Then again, there was a nice view from the hilltop, amidst the (rare for Japan) olive trees|
|Convenience store with in-store seating! Becoming more widespread, thank goodness.|
I sit with Jerome, Inagaki-san, Peter H. (Aussie colors visible), Mark T., Yoshida-san and others.
|One of many, many no traffic stretches as we travel from Setonaikai to Nihonkai|
|Local diary products at a PC on day two in the Hiruzen highlands|
|Another empty road - in Hiruzen highlands|
|I was too rushed for time to get many flower photos this year ... but the flowers were everywhere|
|Mt. Daizen from near the village of Yoshihara|
|mountain sakura in bloom|
|After passing Yonago, on a flat stretch along the "nakaumi"|
|Jerome enjoys our green tea rest stop|
|The tea master at work|
|Higuchi-san comes up to me as I snap a photo|
|Passing Matsue castle|
|NW of Izumo at a cape/turnaround checkpoint - a Eurus energy project|
|Again for this checkpoint the organizers sent us up a nasty short hill for a view|
|Dusk near Izumo|
|Early morning Day 3 - cold and tired, and on the way to Onomichi, where we would find a nice checkpoint|
we would pass through twice, both going to and coming from Kure and our loop out onto the islands of the inland sea.
... this checkpoint also at the top of a nasty hill, almost 200 meters above sea level.
|Lots of shipbuilding on the inland sea - this plant in Mihara even though the company name is |
Imabari Shipbuilding (named for a city on Shikoku just across the inland sea from here).
|Hawaii? Okinawa? Actually no. - an island in Kure City, Hiroshima|
|The sun fades and sky gets deeper and deeper shades|
|resting rider feet in view|
|Fukiya village, Takanashi city|
|Wow! Typical $7.50 lunch (tip and tax included) in the Japaense countryside, just a few kms down the hill from Fukiya village at a "teishokuya" (cafeteria)! 840 yen special.|