|The rain clears just as I arrive. Road still damp!|
A few weeks back, in February, I had the pleasure of a long cycling weekend in Yakushima, visiting Positivista Graham and his wife Shoko at their guesthouse, Cafe and Cottage Davis. A beautiful environment, delicious food, good weather and a relaxing time. Shoko's cooking is one of the highlights of the trip, and we were treated like royalty.
I highly recommend this as a trip for other cyclists, and just people who want to get away from Tokyo and enjoy the "slow life" for a few days, Japanese style in a beautiful environment.
|On the road from Miyanoura to Anbo after the Hillclimb|
|Looking up the Anbogawa (Anbo River) from Anbo|
|Further upstream from a high bridge over the Anbogawa|
|The coastline just below Cottage Davis|
|Delicious breakfasts ... the first course here.|
David M. and I joined the Yakushima Eco-Cycling hill climb event on Saturday. As hill climbs go, it was short (under 8kms) and not so steep. The next day, we rode around the island, not as part of the "official" Eco-Cycling ride, but on a different, later schedule, and starting from Cottage Davis. We caught the "official" ride on the west side of the island and could see some people from the hill climb. We left the main route and climbed, and climbed, to take a forest road "rindo" along the SW corner of the island. David M. suggested they really could hold the hill climb on this rindo. It was not much of an exaggeration.
|After a successful hill climb, on the way down.|
|Is that a wee bit of left over snow on the north face at the mountaintop?|
|Mavic support car ... overkill for an event with fewer than 100 participants! But cool anyway.|
|Rindo high along the South coast of the island|
|Beautiful banyan tree on the WSW side of the island|
|I rest under a banyan tree.|
|The west side of Yakushima - looking south from the main wilderness area of the coast.|
|A beach on the North side where sea turtles nest -- come on onshore in March usually|
|The north side of the island.|
We could see several nearby islands, two with white smoke/steam emerging from volcanos!
Yakushima, it seems, has not been volcanically active at all in modern times.
|The fur tree forests of Yakushima. Completely different than the post-war new growth near Tokyo! |
(for one thing - I did not feel any allergies from these.)