HONSHU

Still a little rain but more days like this

It seems that Nagasaki and Hirado were a long time ago. There has been a lot of water, from the sky and under the bridges since then. I am grateful to a dear friend who reminded me of a teaching "rain is not good, it is not bad, rain is just wet." We can vouch for that and once you are wet you can't really get any wetter. We are currently riding in Honshu and the islands of the inland sea and on the whole we have had more sunny days as the pictures I plan to post demonstrate.

One of the 5 most important Inari Shinto shrines in Japan. It is on the hill overlooking the town of Tswanno in southern Honshu.

The first day of the ride from Tsuwano to Hiroshima, It was a brutual day - 87 km with an ascent of 1300 at the start of the day. Scenery like this helped though.

Hiroshima - Ground zero.

Metajima Island - a must see if you are in Hiroshima - a Unesco site

From Hiroshima we took a short ferry ride to Etajima Island to begin our exploration of the inland sea and so for the past three days it has been islands and bridges, stunning coastal rides, and amazing rides across some massive bridges. The one we took first thing this morning was around 4km in length and about 100 mtrs above the water. The bridges have really safe secure bike paths and it is exhilarating and inspiring to see this scenery from high above the ocean.

The first bridge of the Shimanami Kaido route from Imabari to Omonichi

photo taken from ferry ride into Imbari

And the day begins.

We arrived before the rain. We just had a great meal of roast chicken with oregano and roasted vegetables, we are warm,.dry and tired and the thunder resonates against the hills. About 3 weeks to go. Can't wait to see what else is in store.

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