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Month: March 2017

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 39

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 39

Saturday 27th August 2005 – Yamato to Komaba-Todaimae (大和 – 駒場東大前) Checkout time was ten thirty, so I set my alarm for ten-fifteen, had a very quick shower and dropped my key at reception at approximately ten twenty-nine. Having sat down in a nearby kissaten for morningu setto, I then realised that I had inadvertently thrown Mr Fukuoka’s details in the hotel room rubbish bin, so dashed back, asked for the key again, ran upstairs, and retrieved the vital scrap…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 43

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 43

Wednesday 31st August 2005 – Lake Kasumigaura to Mito (霞ヶ浦 – 水戸) A long, straight, flat road, newly tarmacked to a smooth, shiny finish, with bright white stripes down the middle; a chain so well oiled that it makes no sound and slides smoothly from sprocket to sprocket; a lightweight bike with a comfy seat and handlebars like the soft arms of a sofa; a gentle tail wind to propel me forwards and a few fluffy clouds in a bright…

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