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Month: January 2014

Wrong Way Round – Day 7

Wrong Way Round – Day 7

Chokubetsu to Kushiro City (直別 – 釧路市) – 55km I was awoken several times during the night by the warning bell on the level crossing next to the rider house, and by the sound of Mr Middle Field’s baby daughter crying. As we were eating breakfast the next morning, he apologised and said that in the end he had taken her for a drive to quieten her down. ‘I think staying in an unusual place spooked her,’ he said, although…

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Wrong Way Round – Day 12

Wrong Way Round – Day 12

Day 12 – Shibetsu to Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel (標津町 – 岩尾別ユース) – 83km As our ten-strong band of cycling comrades was preparing to leave Shibetsu, I realised that I had left my precious bottle of Dr Bonner’s at the sento the previous evening. Dr Bonner’s is an ideal gift item for the touring cyclist, as the same liquid can be used to wash your clothes, your dishes, your hair, your body and possibly even your teeth as well, although I…

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Wrong Way Round – Postscript

Wrong Way Round – Postscript

When so many cyclists are congregated in the same place – or to be more specific, on the same island – at the same time, a certain amount of one-upmanship comes into play, and during my time in Hokkaido, one person described to me how he had ridden 160km in one day, all of it along the coast and all of it into a headwind. Another, overheard at a campsite, boasted to a fellow camper that he had cycled the…

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