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Month: February 2015

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 15

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 15

Wednesday 3rd August 2005 – Hikimi to Iwakuni (匹見 – 岩国) Presents received – can of beer, peachThe day dawned clear and bright, and as I packed and prepared for the climb to Misaka Pass, a guest from one of the log cabins took my picture and gave me another beer. I could do without the weight of a half-litre can, and getting drunk on the way to the pass would not be the most sensible way of re-hydrating, so…

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Wrong Way Round – Day 14

Wrong Way Round – Day 14

Utoro to Lake Kussharo (宇登呂 – 屈斜路湖) – 110km In the morning Mr and Mrs Cedar Mountain embarked on the long drive to their nearest supermarket, while I took the same road south towards an even more distant Lake Kussharo. Reputedly home to a Nessie-like monster called Kusshii, Lake Kussharo was originally formed after a volcanic eruption, so the area around it is rich in hot springs. On the road around the lake the gutters flow with steaming hot water,…

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