Beach Biking adventure

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So Tetsuya has been working everyday for the past 3 weeks. Because it’s summer vacation, his tutoring school has been full time. Well this week was Obon, which is a national holiday so he got 4 whole days off! We had the great intention to enjoy them.

 

So we collaborated with his Coworker- Mr. Ushibara, who is an expert cyclist. He is die hard. He cycles everywhere! He even goes to the next town over which is like 30-40 km away, just for funsies.

So Mr. U thought it would be great to go to a really nice beach up north- except that its almost 30 miles away. Miles, not Kilometers

I asked for a closer route. We choose a beach which was about 9 miles away, more to my liking.

Training day!

Training day!

For the past 2 weeks Tetsuya and I have been training, running short distances and riding bikes for about 8 miles. Not much, but then also we don’t want to be tired later.

The morning of, I made us a huge carbo breakfast- French Toast, compliments of Tetsuya’s mom who sent him a giant care package with two whole loaves of bread!

 

Then we were off, we met Mr. U at a Convenience store about 2 miles away and he took us down a mountainous road.

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There we discovered that there is a beach only 3 miles away from us! As soon as it gets sunny again we are going to visit there.

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Our new neighborhood beach!

Unfortunately the water here gets really cold as it is fed from frigid Arctic  waters, but we can manage. Also there might be jellyfish. We will find out!

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The outskirts of town where a memorial was placed after the Tsunami.

The ride was an up and down route, but not too steep. We ended up walking for at least a mile. Went through small community that literally had been wiped off the map by the tsunami. It was very sobering.

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Its a shrine on an island in a bay!

We made it to Otsuchi- which is where we went to the beach a few weeks earlier, but instead of sand we went to a shrine!

 

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We have to cross a large expanse of water to get there.

A shrine in the middle of the bay!

 

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Connected by a giant concrete bridge, it is very picturesque.

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It is also a popular site.

 

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Sadly, the shrine its self is in disarray.

 

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Maybe one day funds will be raised to fix it.

 

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Until then its very surreal, and the clear blue ocean reminded me of Dominica.

Going up!

Going up!

 

Afterwards we made the insane decision to walk up a mountain.

I think there was supposed to be a shrine somewhere around there but I don’t think we walked far enough. ASIF

So we walked

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and we walked

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and we walked

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This sign says you’ve passed the point of no return. You will die up here.

finally as I was about to be like screw it, I’m peacing out we see another something that appears to be flat.

 

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Naturally after reaching the top, to go to the viewpoints we have to walk down. =(

 

WE made it! It’s like a woodland park, with picnic tables and viewpoints.

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So we had a choice- head back or go up to another town to see their beach. Ummmmmmm, no. We got lunch

Then headed back home!

 

So ended our adventure.

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