Thursday, 8 September 2011
Pottering about the hills of Shibata part 3
After riding around the lake I took a left turn through another long unlit tunnel which led downhill into the village of Takadani Shinden . These small villages are full of historic homes that in the past would have had exposed traditional thatched roofs but because of the difficultly in restoring them and the heavy snow most are now covered with tin. Pictured above is a fantastic Japanese Kura ( Storehouse ) which is in great shape sitting by the corner of the road. After passing through the village I rode down to the local Shibata city camping ground which is in a nice setting alongside the Kajikawa river. After a short rest I tackled the last remaining steep climb out of the valley. It was tough going even in low gear but the Humber made it up and once I reached the top of the road it was all downhill to the village of Akadani and not long after that I was able to join back up with the cycle road which headed downhill back to my van. I'm sure of the total distance but it was only about 30km or so I think. The main purpose of the ride was to have some fun pottering about the hills on the Humber and it just goes to prove you don't have to cycle far to enjoy the ride !.