For those of you who have never been to Fukushima it is an awesome place with outstanding scenery with plenty of interesting places to visit, that is why I have decided to ride from Niigata city over the mountains into Fukushima and back over my 6 day holiday in Oct. I will be starting in Niigata city and passing through some countryside that I have never seen before and being Oct the weather will be cooler with less tourists and traffic on the roads hopefully. Some of the places I will be stopping at will be Snow Peak HQ ,a well known manufacturer of high quality outdoor products that also has a nice campsite, Tadami town , Ochijiku historic village, Tsuruga Castle in Aizu wakamatsu , Kitakata - a town famous for its ramen noodles , Tsugawa village . Below are a few photos taken from the net showing some of the places I will visit along the way
The other challenge of this ride is complete the entire ride on my single speed 29 inch MTB, with my current gearing set up of 33T - 16T I was able to ride some pretty steep hills fully loaded so I think I have finally found the perfect gear combination for loaded touring on a 29 inch single speed, I am in the process of slightly changing a few things on the bike , 29 x 2.1 Geax Evolution tyres with be better suited to loaded touring unlike my super light Maxxis Ikon racing tyres which will be put to good use again once winter arrives and I am not going to carry a backpack , the 2ltr camelbak bladder is going into the frame bag and the fuel bottle will get mounted on the bottom of the down tube which will make the trip much more comfortable. If you are planning a trip yourself to Japan and would like any advice on cycling in Japan just get in touch with me anytime .