Stars of Track and Field You Are…

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After another delicious breakfast, many goodbyes, and an extra packed lunch given to us by our hosts, we set off into the grey and gloomy weather, the promised headwind billowing against us along the coastline. It was strange, cycling back South, with the now familiar sight of Rishiri Island usually dominating the horizon completely hidden ...

Top of the World

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Before we made the final run to the tip of Japan, we sat down to breakfast- another delicious assortment. The highlight though was the fulfilled promise of freshly caught uni. The spine wriggled still with a gentle prod, before it was prized open and the flesh scooped out. The ride out along the bay to ...

Mister English

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Against all the odds, we found the Fisherman's Rest House that we had been told about in the Rider's House in Rumoi. Going solely off a picture of the entrance taken on my Blackberry of someone's website, and a rough idea where it was, we arrived to some confused looks, as we tried to convey ...

Free Parking

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What a find the Rider's House last night was. To have the comfort and warmth of being indoors is always a special treat, and its all the more so true when it comes in the shape of a rest stop designed for two wheeled travellers. It took a little while before we had breakfast and ...

Rumoi Rider’s House

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The storms, winds and rain last night must have been some of the worst of the trip so far. With the wind howling and hurling rain relentlessly against the tent all night, even the trusty Akto wasn't impervious to this. Miraculously though the weather subsided, and by the time we emerged from our tents only ...

The Light at the End of the Tunnel Has Been Switched Off Due to Budget Cuts

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Waking up at sunrise with people out for their morning walks around us, we ate a quick breakfast of our usual noodles and pastries, before heading off to the 7 11 a short way away where we had aimed for this morning. For the next couple of days we would be joined by Rob, a ...

Dream Beach

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Waking up to grey skies and light rain was quite the contrast to yesterday's blazing hot sun. And with all the faffing around with waterproofs and washing, it was a little later than usual when we headed off down the mountain. Before long though we reached the town of Yoichi, and seeing signs directing towards the ...

Hot in Hokkaido

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I would never have thought it could get as hot as it did today in Hokkaido. Even sitting down over breakfast at 7 in the morning, the sweat was beading on my skin and causing the dust to stick to me from the gentle hot breeze. It was fortunate then, that the two Michi No ...

Aggressive Ants and F*****g Flies

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Today was one of those days where we accidentally ended up cycling 110km. Its the kind of thing that can happen to anyone really, with the wind pushing us along, and the sun beaming down. Its funny, how with the right conditions the day can just pass by without even noticing. We barely stopped at ...

A Night at the Miyazaki Inn

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Today we made the big leap from Honshu to Hokkaido, as we took the ferry to the Northern island. Settled into the comfortable ferry with the sandwiches and delicious Aomori apples that we were kindly given by our host this morning, it was a swift and pleasant journey. Ferries in Japan, are of course unlike ...