One of the things I KNEW I wanted to try to get in this trip was to bike the Shimanami Kaido. It runs 70km which is about 43.5 miles. We only did about 50km of it which is about 31 miles. We did 2 days (there and back) so it ended up being around 62 miles in 24 hour period. It is a group of islands connected by bridges that has a bike/walking path with rent-a-cycle terminals.
At our lunch stop on the first day (you can see the pic with ice cream and french fries, don’t judge) a guy dropped his wallet. Matt pointed out and went over to get it. He was already well on his way on bike (the one in my photo) so I immediately took off screaming after him. Pretty sure everyone was wondering what I was up to because I was trying to say excuse me (one of the few words I know) and looked like a crazy American blonde chick running after a guy on his bike yelling. I got his attention and he turned around. He wasn’t sure what I was telling him but I pointed to Matt holding up his wallet. He rode back over and thanked us over and over.
When we got to the final island, we found a hotel room and took our first shower in a few days. Camp grounds in Japan don’t have showers. I was sun burnt and exhausted. The climbing mountains on bikes is something I am not used to. Thank goodness I have been going to spin class the past month so I was in decent enough shape to make it. Needless to say I was passed out before it was even dark out. Since staying at the camp ground, I had a major allergy attack and was getting a bit of an upper respiratory infection so I needed all the sleep I could get. Of course being sun burnt and congested, it was a long night.
I woke up early with not much for a voice but the allergies had cleared up and I felt much better. I was ready to tackle day 2 of our ride. We left early and finished by lunch. We were well on our way by the afternoon which gave us plenty of time to drive to the bottom island of Japan to Kyushu. We were headed to Mount Aso an active volcano. Of course it was a long drive so once we got there, we set up camp and made friend with the locals that were also camping. We found that the Japanese are VERY shy at first but once you feed them a few American beers and Sweet Tea vodka they love to chat it up.