August 7th – 9th. Lake Towada to Yamada, Iwate Prefecture. 258km
Looking at a map, you may have noticed that our route so far hasn’t exactly been direct. From the ferry arriving in Hachinohe, we headed north, before going south again. But after leaving Towada, we started making good progress down right side of Japan towards Sendai.
August 4th – 6th. Aomori to Lake Towada. 119km
The ride down from our camp spot in the Hakkoda mountains was an easy 30km downhill. Halfway down we stopped at a museum and cemetery for a Japanese Army expedition that was caught in a blizzard in those mountains in 1902. 199 soldiers were killed in what is still the worst mountaineering disaster in modern history.
August 1st-3rd. Iwazmizawa to Hakkoda. 168km
Wow, what a way to start a bicycle tour. We’ve really been spoilt by the people, places and weather on these first couple of days on the road.
July 30th, 2015
We’re almost there. After a hell week of packing, cleaning, paperwork and bureaucracy, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re actually packed (more or less) and after our last day at work tomorrow we’ll be ready to set off on Saturday morning.
All our belongings for the next 18 months
Our first leg will be relatively familiar, down the length of Japan. We have some grasp of the language and feel at home here, so it’ll break us into touring life gently. It’ll allow us to sort out the inevitable niggles and problems before we venture into the less familiar terrain of South Korea and China.
The weather for our departure day is looking like it’ll rain, but there’s nothing we can do about that. First stop is Lake Shikotsu and then Tomakomai. From there we’ll take the ferry down to Hachinohe in Aomori which is on the main Japanese island, Honshu. Our next post will be from the road!