The start of second stage


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 33


Friday 13.09.13   1 07,01 km


Nori is leaving at 7am - he won't be back until 7pm - long hours

It's 2pm and time for lunch. The breakfast has kept me going long - but it was also some breakfast!
Breaded big green beans and breaded fish plus two fried eggs and two sausages, a big bowl of rice
and miso soup with potatoes and onions. That makes you going until now. 74,13 km. I only miss 17 km
to get to Futtsu, which is the goal og today.

Yet another golf training center As a cyclist you have to put up with much

I haven't seen a bench all day - or i toilet. Suddenly there's a supermarket. When I see a bag of
apples for 298 Y I HAVE to have it. A sudden urge for an apple. You don't buy fruit in boxes here.
Normally it's one or two pieces which are packed as if it was gold and costs accordingly. 10 grapes
the size of ping pong balls, but then they're only for special occasions. But when you consider
the average living age you can easily do without.

It has been hot and humid since I came to these areas again. 32 degr. today, so I had to have a Coke -
again. It's turned into a habit.

I must comment on the dinner last night, I never eat su-shi before. I have seen sheer fashion one
can easily do without.
I'm happy I waited until the "real stuff" came by. For what can be better than to eat su-shi in the
land og the su-shi, Japan - and it was!!! An experience for life. If you get something just slightly
like it in Denmark, the su-shi restaurants have got a new customer. And beer and hot sake makes it
even better.

When I came out of the supermarket I just dragged the bike hoping to get a glimpse of somewhere to sit.
And immidiately some benches in front of a pascinko club turned up. After having "charged the
batteries" I went on on a bicycle lane that as usual changed from good over bad to overweeded or
simply not-existing.

Reached Futtsu. Here the family went to fish when the children were young, and it's still here the
father catches at least some of the fishes we've been eating, among which was a big flat fish, that
tasted like plaice, but was much bigger.

I decided to go the last km to the ferry, to see if there were more departures today. At the net I
found a site where it said there were only four daily departures.

In the end the road came close to the coast and the feeling of a cooling breeze from the sea in my face
made the hot day seem better. There were some tunnels to go through, but they were short.

Quite exhorsted I got there after 105 km to realize there were more than 10 daily departures of which
the next was at 5.20 pm. I had just bought an icecream when it was time to board. And here I am sitting
in the first row waiting for the departure. You see the contours of a town in the mist at the other

On our way to a town somewhere in the mist

Such 40 min's sailing on a calm day is a nice change from the hectic life of the main road. There are
a lot of ships on their way from Tokyo that we're crossing on our way to Kurihana. I believed it to be
rather flat, but there are low mountains behind the town, which is much smaller than I'd expected.
There's no doubt in my mind, it's a guest house day.

I roll up street and down street until I meet something that reminds of a hotel. There's even a bell.
On my question "Is this a guest house?", he answers "No, no, no", and I wonder... but I just ask where
I might find one? And he explains and I pay attention to the name. And when I have a feeling it might
be here, I ask two ladies. One of them looks around, sees the sign and says: "Yes, it's right there".
It's a little up a street, but also fully booked. I write "also" because it according to the latest
landlord should be an alternative, but I just was there, so he suggests a third place, and here I am
After two cups of green tea and an apple, it's time for a shower. Here's aircon and that's good because
it's hot as hell here in the 2'nd floor in room 301 without it.

A typhoon is on it's way, but maybe I can just go around the penninsula, before it arrives. I'd
prefer to lay under in a big city.