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Month: November 2016

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 9

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 9

Thursday 28th July – Mount Aso to Chikuzen-Iwaya (阿蘇山 – 筑前岩屋) Presents received – campsite discount, dinner, two beers It was time to head north, back towards Honshu, and knowing that I faced a stiff climb out of the caldera, I rose at seven a.m. and set out before the sun had had a chance to burn through the early morning cloud cover. During my day off I had felt dull and listless, my body little more than an awkward…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 13

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 13

Monday 1st August 2005 – Hagi to Hikimi (萩 – 匹見) Presents received – homemade sweets, green tea, tomatoes It was a restless night all round, as I was roused by barking dogs, a creepy crawly scratching around beneath the flysheet, and the urgent need to pee at about five in the morning. Walking to the toilets was akin to being trapped in an Ansel Adams photograph, as this was the golden hour, that short time in early morning and…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 18

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 18

Saturday 6th August 2005 – Innoshima to Kyukamura-Setouchi-Toyo (因島 – 休暇村瀬戸内東予) Presents received – beer, snacks If it had not been for the multi-coloured Mariposa and my multi-coloured wardrobe (I had three t-shirts: one red, one green and one blue), I might have looked like a government health and safety inspector, or the researcher for a Discovery Channel show about The Coolest Bridges in the World…Ever! as I cycled from island to island, snapping the Setouchi-Shimanami-Kaido from every conceivable angle….

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 22

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 22

Wednesday 10th August 2005 – Iyashino-Onsenkyo to Kamiyama (癒しの温泉郷 – 神山町) There was a small village about halfway to the Minokoshi Pass where I stopped at a vending machine in the hope of finding canned coffee. Having fed a couple of coins into the slot there was no response from the button for hot coffee, and when I pressed the button for cold, still nothing happened. Perhaps I would have to make do with green tea for breakfast, I thought,…

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