After reaching the locked gate at the bottom I proceeded up the valley to the Takadani Shinden park to stay the night. It was not long before I arrived there and I had made good time as it was only 2.30pm in the afternoon - plenty of time to set up the tent, take a hot shower and have a few beers .
But it was not to be as the camp manager said the entire campground was closed to campers due to rampaging wild boars who come down from the nearby mountain at night to find food, if they had found me they could have had pasta , potato chips and beer . I used to hunt wild pigs back home in NZ many years ago and if the camp manager had provided me with a rifle I would have happily stayed to obtain some wild pork. As the only other option was a 5000 yen per night log cabin I pressed on back to the village of Akadani , filled up the 2ltr camelbak with some nice fresh spring water and headed down hill to the village of Mikawa to the nearest available campsite. As my Father used say that really threw a spanner in the works as I would now not be able to explore the other new mountain rd I had hoped to do on Friday morning By this time it was cold and raining and luckily I had a good merino wool cycle top to keep me warm and good wet weather gear . The weather had turned for the worse and I had to be at the next camp site at Mikawa before they closed at 5pm . What happened - check out part 2 of Adventure by Bike to find out !