I was so happy to have found a dry spot in which to pitch the tent, my new tent is a Stash 1 from Serria Designs and this would be my first night testing it out - at least I would not have a wet tent to dry in the morning. This spot also provided me with a nice dry area for cooking dinner which was two packets of instant pasta followed by a couple of cans of beer.
I was rather tired and after a bit of reading and checking the map for the following day I soon feel asleep, that night it rained hard and the wind was strong as well so I was lucky to be under cover. The next morning I got up at 5am to a perfect sunny day in the mountains , took my time over breakfast which was some porridge and a coffee and packed up and headed out of the campsite at 7am. The view from the entrance to the campsite overlooking the village of Mikawa was fantastic in the morning sunlight.
The remainder of the ride followed the steep accent on route 17 and an awesome downhill to the outskirts of Murumatsu which was all completed in fine weather. The last 30km or so over the plains into Niigata city was a nightmare because of a strong head winds, it took every last bit of energy I had left to make it back into the city which included 2 stops for food. Nearer the outskirts of the city I was able to take a side road with a tail wind - it was a joy to be pushed along at 25 km per hour without pedaling on a flat road . I arrived back at my partners cafe just after 12.30pm totally exhausted but happy to have had a real Adventure By Bike - total distance for the 2 days was only 156km