Overweight and undertrained, spring fever got the best of me as I took to the road for a three-day journey.
Adventure can be had close to home if you keep your hearts open and curiously alert. We bicycle to Seabeck to spend the night and take a look at the oyster beach at Scenic Beach State Park.
Traveling with your bike in Japan is not that hard, you just have to remember three simple things: cleanliness, expediency, and patience. There is no way a train conductor is going to let you and your filthy bike roll on to his train.
Sure, there were a few stiff climbs, but I'd classify the five days to get around the Noto Peninsula as a leisurely ride with some of the best bicycling touring I've experienced.
I tried to write haiku every day while in Japan, but the only good ones came when considering my husband's utter collapse climbing the stiff little hills, no mere speed bumps, that constitute the majority of Japan.
Staying the night with the generous Zen monks of Sōji-ji was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. There's sometimes advantages to showing up unannounced on bicycles.
"I'd love to see you post on how to pack for a tour -- especially the clothing part. What works, what doesn't. I know that I tend to pack clothes that look good in only a narrow range of situations, but then again, I sleep in ditches." Ok, here's that post.
Spared being flattened in World War Two and out on the edge of 'Japan' (as far as I can tell), Kanazawa is known as a "Little Kyoto". I haven't been to them all, so I can't say how apt this sobriquet is.