Sunday 25.08.13 65.48 km
I'm here again with a bowl of green tea in the tent and the rain
drums with no mercy. It's almost 6pm and it's been a day full of experiences.
From the beginning it was cloudy but nice. Not very hot, I did a
couple of km before the fleece came off. Reached Teschikaga, where I headed for
the center to shop. There was a party going on. The whole town it seemed.
There was a party going on
I did my shopping and drifted around and shot some photos and went on. Should have turned but went 700 m extra as a Road Station with a tourist info came up. There I had some fine brochures from where to decide a plan. There are 3 famous lakes in the area and I wanted to see them all.
My feet in nice hot water at the Road Station
The plan was first to go for the mysterious Lake Mashu. It should be 10 km. The Road was straight and inclined more than it seemed. After the first 5 km it inclined further and next came the real steep part! I was in second lowest gear and the steepest parts I took 250 m a time to get the pulse down in between. I worried if it would all be covered by clouds when I would get there, but it wasn't.
I came around the last corner and could see the concrete monster
with all the souvenir booths, the restaurants, toilets and what ever an average
tourist needs. This caldera lake does seem a little mysterious as it lay there
with the clouds drifting down the mountain side in front.
There was a lot of loud speaking and laughing. So much that I wondered. Until I heard chinese was spoken and understood that a big part of the people were chinese groups in busses. The difference in mentality was striking.
The "mysterious" lake
After a softice and having put on the fleece and the rainjacket I got ready to go on down. Unfortunately I had to go further up. All along the edge of the crater the road inclined. And then it started raining! First a light drizzle, but soon it was clear I had to put on the raincovers, so there I was in the pouring rain trying to get them on.
I did the last part upwards - never saw the second view point -
and started the descent. With the brakes on the limit down I went through
hairpin slopes through the hammering rain. On the way I had to stop to tighten
the brakes. What a horrible descent! 10 km through the rain in soaking shorts.
Nevertheless I made it down safe and sound the the main road.
Had to get the map for o which side? - right a couple of km, then I turned off
for the other lake: Lake Kussharo. Now it was fairly flat and I went through a
remarkable landscape with a quite different vegetation than the usual. It looked
more like high mountains. Must have something to do with vulcanic activity?
In spite of the rain I nearly stopped to see if I could find a small path and move into it. It was quite stunning. But I didn't see any path.
The rain had weakened a bit when I reached this spot at the lake,
where as expected was some tents at the lakeside and toilet buildings. Noone in
the information as one in a shop called it. But it should be 400 Y.
To raise a tent under these circumstances isn't funny, but it's
doable. I left the bike under a shelter while I raised it. Takes only 5 min. I
didn't feel like unpacking anything but my matress. Had to have some sips of my
emergency sake. And made a bowl of tea. I forgot my mug back at the golf course.
First I found out about my garbage. Embarrassing! Later it showed that the mug
was there too half up the stairs.
I have just been to the toilets to prepare for the night,
wearing underwear and rainjacket - what a sight. Can't find one of my dry socks
now I'm back. Have to do without socks. Off goes the fleece I use it for pillow
- good night!
It's still raining 6 hours in a row....