Monthly Archives: June 2015

Day 12 – Rausu to Utoro (Oh deer it is beary dangerous)

Today was our big climb, 15km at a 5-7 % grade. It was a fantastic ride. The day was overcast so we cycled through fog and then into the clouds where it rained and at the top it cleared briefly … Continue reading

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Day 11 – Chilling out at Rausu

Today is our rest day at the small (6,000 population) seaside village of Rausu. A day for washing and a bit of walking.  We are 2.6 km up the hill from the village. We did a bit of a bush … Continue reading

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Day 10 – Shibetsu to Rausu

Today we were unsure if there would be any towns/ food stores along the way, so after 500 meters we stopped at a Seicomart for our supplies and coffee. The coffee was not good but drinkable in 8 degree weather. … Continue reading

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Day 9 – Nemuro to Shibetsu

 Easy riding today.  Wearing 4 layers of clothes to be almost comfy if not exactly toast is.  We meandered through lovely coastal countryside past wetlands full of birds and photographers with the most enormous cameras.  Birdwatching is big around here … Continue reading

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Day 8 – Shake down ride for Brian and Julie

Yikes, we have to ride today!  We assembled the bikes and attached all the bags, and set off to the post office to send all our outer bags to the post officeat the last town of our ride.  Wakkanal in … Continue reading

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Day 7 – Train from Sapporo to Kushiro to Nemuro

We got up at 6:00, packed and taxied to the train station and arrived there at 6:45, expecting to get train at 7:51, however Jen made a mistake (I know really hard to believe). The train was leaving at 8:51. … Continue reading

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Day 6 – Lake Shikotsu to Sapporo over the hill (why ride on the road when there is a great footpath)

Today was a glorious ride, 6 km around the lake, to a coffee stop. 12 km climbing between 5-7% and then 20 plus downhill.  I thought that we would have to ride on the road, but there was a footpath … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Chiling out in Lake Shikotsu 

Today is overcast and misty. We went walking around village which is only 2-3 blocks. We think people mainly come here for day trips. It has a bit of a feel of snow resorts. Surprisingly there doesn’t appear to be … Continue reading

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Day 4 – On the road again (or which country has best 7-11 coffee)

Today we packed our bags onto our bikes and headed off to Lake ShikotsuKo. The first 20 km on the Shiroishi to Kitahiroshima cycle route, the next 22 on highway 46/36 and the final 28 on the Chitose to Lake … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Preparing to ride (subtitle: we finally gave into shopping)

Today we dropped off our empty bike bags and suitcase to the next hotel we will stay at and got stuck at the Mont bell store. The store had bike bags for the train that when folded are the size … Continue reading

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