Offally Good

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What a last night in Japan. A nice visit to Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills. The view was certainly impressive. But then. The rooftop sky deck then closed just before we got there. Great. My slr decided to completely stop working. Even better. An earthquake shook the building and caused all the lifts to stop, ...

It’s What All the Pro Cyclists Do

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Ah, it's the moment I come to look forward to at the end of each leg. The part which fills me with dread and joy, as we hit the streets and scour the dark underbelly of the alleyways for cardboard. Of course being Japan, there are no such places. Instead, we found neatly stacked piles ...

Tokyo Time Out

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The last few days in Japan have been the chance to relax, recuperate, and see some more of the country by non bike means. Even with the summer heat continuing to beat down, Japan is an amazing country, and difficult to not enjoy. Yes, the abundant air conditioning helps, but ultimately its the sights, sounds, ...

27 Going on 7

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After finishing cycling across Japan, what better way is there to celebrate that, and my birthday, than a trip to Disneyland. I'm not sure if all my "dreams came true" as promised upon entering, but it sure made a nice change of pace to the usual day's cycle. And apart from one ride breaking ...

Return to Tokyo: Riding with One Eye Open

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It feels good, in a way I cannot properly convey, to be lying in a bed again. A real bed. A big, thick, comfy bed. No air mattress. No sleeping bag. No tent. Just a good, comfy bed. And air conditioning. The ride into Tokyo today, like the final days of each country, seems to ...

Back to Honshu…

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Although the opportunity to sleep through as late as I wanted came this morning, my body was clearly too used to getting up at 6. It had been a surprisingly good night's sleep- the relative emptiness of the room meant that I could sprawl out the entirety of my body, and get comfortable. The remainder ...

The Sapporo Sunflower

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With the 100km to cycle from Tsukigata to Tomakomai to make our ferry on time, we set off early cutting a strange and complicated route. Using the might of Google Maps, we navigated our way along the flat, rice paddy filled plains, cycling into the pleasantly still air and making excellent time. The sun came ...

Hanging at the 7-Eleven…

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We left the Rider's House with 95km to do, and the knowledge that we had until 5pm to make it there, before the promised hospitality of a couchsurfer became available. I hadn't dared to believe the weather report from the night before saying that the winds would be blowing in our favour, but straight away ...

Like a Circle in a Spiral Like a Wheel within a Wheel

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Today's ride from Tomamae was short and sweet. I don't think we've finished before midday before, and its rather nice having the entire afternoon stretched out before you to wash clothes, body, and mind. Riding quickly past the enormous wind farms (the largest in Japan), the permanence of the wind is clear, as the towering ...

F(r)ee Camping

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Although the heavy rains from the night before eventually ceased, the winds howled on through the night. This did at least have the pleasant effect of drying out the tents thoroughly, though sadly not the clothes. When we set off on the road again, we found the wind as strong as ever. My eyes were ...