Back to "civilisation" on Route 4


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 27


Saturday 07.09.13      93.06 km

I have to go down to the lake. It looks very much like any other caldera lake on a cloudy day. Actually it should be rain today. There has been a light drizzle, but now when I leave, it stays at a low level. Just a light dripping most of the morning.

I have to go up through a lot of tunnels. Nasty ones. The last is 2,5 km and I choose to walk up on what might be called a sidewalk. It's hardly 1 m wide and the tiles are sometimes 10 cm different in height. I tried to cycle there in one of the shorter ones. I succeeded but it took a lot of concentration. I couldn't have done it in this.

And then I hurry down towards Morioka. I feel a bit feeble after the giant effort yesterday. My legs are "empty" every time the road inclines. Morioka is a huge city. By a ring road I avoid the center and get to Route 4, that shall take me south. Now I feel like I've been in this main road-surburban-hell for hours.

On my way down from the tunnels I could see, how the river must have gone bezerk recently. Landslides, that has damaged the road. Accumulation of splintered trees are still in the river. The railroad had ben repaired, but just temporarily it seemed. The "Shinkansen" goes here but apparently not  at full speed? All caused by the great rainfall the other day.

The plan was to get to Hanamaki and I did. Out in the flat land the kilometers are quickly digested. It was more or less settlements all the way from Morioka to Hanamaki.

When a Road Station showed up I had to take a break. And when I saw someone eating a softice I had to have one myself. That wasn't that easy. The lady had a machine, where you should put the money and press the button for what you wanted, and the machine would provide with the right receit.  But I can't read! Luckily she knew which one to press so I got my softice...

After such a nice, cold softice in the rain, I was ready for the last ten km. Now I'm staying at 7.floor in Hotel Grand Ciel, which is next to the train station. Could probably have found something cheaper, but the difference from let's say 5.000 to 6.500 isn't big.
I used the opportunity trying to find out why the LAN-connection don't function here either. Didn't succeed, but as they've got wi-fi too, I don't have any real trouble, but I'd like to know.... "Windows didn't encounter any errors at this connection". It has sent a lot of packages but received none - isn't that an error....?

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