A wasted morning - and a boring afternoon


1. CPH 12.08.13

2. Narita - Tone 13.08.13

3. Tone 14.08.13

4. Tone 15.08.13

5. Tone - Oarai 16.08.13

6. Oarai - Tomakomai 17.08.13

7. Tomakomai - Iwamizawa 18.08.13

8. Iwamizawa - Azahikawa 19.08.13

9. Azahikawa - Kamikawa 20.08.13

10.Kamikawa - Nukabira Onsen 21.08.13

11.Nukabira Onsen - Tokachigawa 22.08.13

12.Tokachigawa - Kushiro 23.08.13

13.Kushiro - Shibesha 24.08.13

14.Shibesha - Lake Kussharo 25.08.13

15.Lake Kussharo - Lake Akan 26.08.13

16.Lake Akan - Abashiri 27.08.13

17.Abashiri 28.08.13

18.Abashiri - Sapporo (tog) 29.08.13

19.Sapporo - Otaru 30.08.13

20.Otaru - Kamoenai 31.08.13

21.Kamoenai - Makkari 01.09.13

22.Makkari - Yakumo 02.09.13

23.Yakumo - Hakodate 03.09.13

24.Hakodate - Aomori 04.09.13

25.Aomori - Lake Towada 05.09.13

26.Lake Towada - Lake Tazawa 06.09.13

27.Lake Tazawa - Hanamaki 07.09.13

28.Hanamaki - Tsukidate 08.09.13

29.Tsukidate - Sendai 09.09.13

30.Sendai - Tone 10.09.13

31.Tone 11.09.13

32.Tone 12.09.13

33.Tone - Kurihama 13.09.13

34.Kurihama - Hakone 14.09.13

35.Hakone - Gotemba 15.09.13

36.Gotemba 16.09.13

37.Gotemba - Fujinomiya 17.09.13

38.Fujinomiya - Shizuoka (Kyoto) 18.09.13

39.Kyoto 19.09.13

40.Kyoto 20.09.13

41.Kyoto 21.09.13

42.Kyoto - Nara 22.09.13

43.Nara - Wakayama 23.09.13

44.Wakayama - Higashikagawa 24.09.13

45.Higashikagawa - Takamatsu 25.09.13

46.Takamatsu - Iya Valley 26.09.13

47.Iya Valley 27.09.13

48.Iya Valley - Imabari 28.09.13

49.Imabari - Onomichi 29.09.13

50.Onomichi - Hiroshima 30.09.13

51.Hiroshima 01.10.13

52.Hiroshima - Takayama (tog) 02.10.13

53.Takayama 03.10.13

54.Takayama - Matsumoto 04.10.13

55.Matsumoto - Hakuba 05.10.13

56.Hakuba - Nagano 06.10.13

57.Nagano - Tone 07.10.13

58.Tone 08.10.13

59.Tone - Narita 09.10.13

60. Narita - CPH 10.10.13


Letter 19


Friday 30.08.13     65 km

Ino's place where I stayed for the night is fine in many ways. They have wi-fi, there's a shower, there's a kitchen, hot water for the tea, people to talk with. The only thing I miss is aircon. It was hot this night - too hot.

Outside it's raining. It's been raining ever since I went to the supermarket last night. It was huge. So huge that I went looking for a new mug. I find it soon. But a filter for the tea, that's worse. The tea I bought is too lousy. It's irritating with all the stuff that stays on the surface when it should sink down to the bottom.

After a long hunt I succeed. A filter that fits the mug. Perfect!

This morning I change plans a couple of times. At first I thought of going to a kind of outdoor museum with old buildings 1o km away. Then I gave it up because of the rain, but now at 9am it doesn't rain that much and the landlady says I just have to follow the bicycle track that runs not far on the other side of the main street. It will take me there.

        A whole scool it seemed was going somewhere

Once more I'm stupid not to ask more detailed about it. I'm allowed to put my luggage at the hostel until noon and go for it. It's a hopeless trip, this bicycle track. Now I waste the whole morning going on a bicycle track. 10 km I follow it, just to be sure something's wrong. When I ask in a Seicomart where they even have a map, I realize I won't make it. Anyway I'd only had an hour there.

Now I give up. There's a light drizzle from time to time but nothing much. I find my way back - that gives me problems too because where did I join the track? I was sure to remember - and I find it at last.

So, I load the bike and says goodbye: Sayonara, the "r" pronounced more like a "l".


You need a lot of patience to pass through a city like Sapporo with all those traffic lights. They annoy me really! I only have to go to Otaru - 37 km according to the map. There's another hostel there and my landlady has made a reservation for me. Then I hope to be able to do the entire Shakotan penninsula along the coast the day after. The wheather ought to be better tomorrow.


                             Going through Sapporo

It's not a pretty part. Sapporo continues forever along the main road arm. There are some inclines that doesn't look much, but are. Then the road disappears up into the country? But only to make a big turn and go back up a mountain. It keeps saying Otaru Sta. I think for more than 10 km. The last two times there's only 2 km left?

I find my hostel and there's wi-fi.