Japan Day 43-46: Riding Norikura Kogen to Matsumoto and Exploring

I finished off the last bit of bacon and eggs and enjoyed the cruisy ride, almost entirely downhill to Matsumoto. I cycled through twelve tunnels and luckily there was maintenance occurring on the fourth tunnel, which meant only batches of cars could go through at once. The tunnels were much busier, longer and bumpier than … Continue reading Japan Day 43-46: Riding Norikura Kogen to Matsumoto and Exploring

Japan Day 40-42: Riding Hirayu Onsen to Norikura Kogen and Exploring

Today's ride was rough, but unfortunately my Garmin bugged out and I couldn't get the stats for my efforts, but hopefully these snippets should tell the story. The 1000m of elevation was split into two parts, the first 500m at the very start, across 8km before the insane section with 11 consecutive hairpin turns. With … Continue reading Japan Day 40-42: Riding Hirayu Onsen to Norikura Kogen and Exploring

Japan Day 34-35: Riding Hirugano to Shirakawa and Rest Day

Today's ride was surprisingly easy, it was mostly downhill with a few tunnels along the way and hardly any traffic. I just rode along Route 156, which took my along Miboro Dam, part of a hydroelectric plant, however after it was built it flooded some villages and shrines. Two giant cherry trees were taken from … Continue reading Japan Day 34-35: Riding Hirugano to Shirakawa and Rest Day