A gift from Yokohama is one of the highlights of my basic training ride.
I fund my bicycling adventures by helping companies clearly present information on the web. So it was with particular relish that I spent so much time parsing clues from the many maps we saw through out our travels.
When you resolve to write more love letters, it's nice to have exquisite paper to do it on. Karacho's woodblock-printed paper in unlike anything else I've written on.
While we had plans for something a bit fancier for our final dinner, after a morning of Shinkansen and afternoon of paper shopping, we ended up at an izakaya down a side street in Ginza where we ate some whale. Our last meal in Tokyo.
Our house was on the east side of the city and our time flew by with plenty of site-seeing, so when it was clear that we weren't heading to Hiroshima, we decided we'd return to Kyoto. This didn't turn out as planned, but what really does on a vacation?
Someone out there probably has quite a collection of these. Some of them were certainly beautiful.
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.