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 28


Sunday 08.09.13    91,71 km


It's a heavy breakfast one can put together in such a fashionable hotel, it's a buffet.  In the background a feeble spanish guitar. There are two kinds of fish - no bones. Bacon and  small sausages. The sausages have entered the japanese culture as well as coffee. There's no  "nato" here, maybe it's more for peasants?

After I've ended the japanese part, there's fresh yogurt and fruit. And after that croissant and coffee. Then I'm up to my ears.

                    I didn't use the kimono this time

Sad to say but the wheather forecast seems to be right: yet another day with rain. From my window in the 7th floor this morning I looked out to the flat roofs of Hanamaki with cloudy mountains in the background mist. Tjaa... that's Japan this year.
The guitar has been replaced with a genderless grand piano. It's neither Beethoven, Schubert or Carl Nielsen, that I can tell.,

Yesterday I forgot to put the memory card back into the camera. And not until I exposed the 9th photo the camera denied to work. First I believed to have lost all the photos of the day, but I could still see them in the camera. So, there had to be an internal memory. At the internet I found a manual for a Nikon Coolpix S-6000, but though I found the instructions to transfer to the memory card, I didn't succeed. I didn't find that the symbols matched fully. THAT would be a task for the guy in the reception! And when he's realized what it was all about, he succeeded - even it took a while.

With a sigh I set off in the pissing (excuse my words) rain. I didn't get far. The front brake doesn't work, neither when I turn the adjustment - strange. When I examine it closely I see that a brake shoe has come loose and moved. That's an easy thing to do and I find a shelter and have it fixed. But it tells about all those blows and bumps the bike is exposed to. At every crossing or
every exit from a house you have to go down 25-30 cm as that's how high the cycle lane is above the road. And that's seldom done properly. Without my front suspension it would have been sheer hell. The suspension is  worth gold. I turn it on and off all the time according to where I drive and the condition of the road. Especially on the downhills it's important, I wouldn't go 50 km/h without it.

This will be a main road day, it's Route 4 I'm following, and the topics of the main road are fx. the jananese's passion for games, I don't know if it's bigger than in Europe, but you see these Pachinko & Slot centers everywhere...
Also the market for used cars belong to the main road. Today I saw a Saab. Besides it's all japanese cars both the used ones and the new ones, except if we consider prestige. BMW, Mercedes and Audi. If you want to show off, you'll need a german car.
VW, Volvo, Peugeot are seen scarcely, today I saw a Porsche and an Alfa Romeo.

There must be hundreds of types of japanese cars from: Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Daihatsu, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Subaru... Not to forget Toyotas (or is it Mazda) top model: The Lexus. Many types we don't find in Europe. Who's heard of Toyota Cresta, Toyota Harrier or Nissan Otti? Or Subaru's mini: Stella.

                  Toyota Harrier - with special logo

Toyota Cresta - the ultimate show off if it's got to be japanese

The rain has come and gone this morning. Now I stop to buy two of those triangel rice packages. Maybe I should even spend a soda? I suddenly have an unstoppable urge for a Coke, which I rarely drink. Ahhh.... and the packages were EXACTLY those I hoped for. I only had the pictures to choose from - and there are a lot of different...

A lot of young men are hanging around the shop eating and talking. Then on a given signal they all get into their cars and take off. High school students? That all have cars?

From time to time the road cross over fingers from the pine grown ridge we have followed for so long. And after 60 km there are valleys in the fingers and we stay up in the green for the next 10 km. At last on the way down comes a parking lot, which, without being named Road Station, has all one' can ask for: toilets, food, water.

Tsukidate is a town in my map, so it should be of some size. There seems to be no station, but I turn towards what looks like the center and find a hotel, european style. They don't have wi-fi, but cable, and then we have the usual trouble - the thing doesn't work.

I go for some dinner and then I set off searching for a computer shop. There must be some young men
that speaks some english and know about networks.... I found it - the shop. I ask the first young man, if he speaks a little english? No - so, sorry. But maybe others do? - and I move my hand all over the shop. No, he doesn't think so? And I gave up.