Tagesarchiv: 18. März 2008

Tour de Kyushu [Day 2] : Fukuoka – Nagasaki

my second day was one way … up ! climbing , climbing and more climbing ! what would be a dream for any hobby cyclist was a pain for me … a) i am not in shape and b) i was carrying additional weight was made a huge difference ! i chose to go avoid the main roads which meant i had to take huge diversions – which turned out to be a good idea as the road i was going on were totally deserted … a dream for any cyclist. fukuoka was a pain to get out … but the further i got away to better it was getting … i did roughly 20 km of pure climbing before I got to Takeo Onsen … i took my lunch break here [about 1,5 hours later than anticipated] … the sign there read 79 km left to nagasaki, while my clock read 2pm, which meant i had to hurry up in order to make it.

i was doing well going along the main road floating with the traffic until i made a decision to turn left after i passed Ureshino Onsen, to take a much quiter road through the mountains to get away from the traffic [along road 6] … this turned out to be another "crazy" climb which didnt seem to end [it stretched for 10 km ] .. however there was literally no traffic and the landscape looked amazing .. finally i got to the top and i found out why there had been no traffic .. the road was all closed and i was mad (!!!) as it would mean i had to go back .. in my desperation i skipped the road barrier and tried to get past the road construction work which was all about building a connecting bridge … it looked completed but wasnt … however the was an old road bypassing it (lucky me) .. i got back on my bike to head down to Oomura, when it started to rain … damn ! it was only another 30 km to Nagasaki and enough time left to reach it before sunset … however the rain was too strong and i was soaked in no time, which caused me to head for the next train station.. my tachometer read 141km when i finally got off. tomorrow will be a day without cycling as its supposed to rain all day .. i will use the time to do sightseeing in Nagasaki.

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Tour de Kyushu [ Day 1] : Hataka – Fukuoka – Dazaifu

My flight was gonna leave at 6.25 am – so  i thought i give it enough time at leave my house 5 am .. i calculated 30 minutes for my ride to Haneda Airport, which would just be straight down Kampachi dori. It turned out to be much longer than i thought (of course !!!) ^ my speedometer showing 17 km when the terminal came into sight – but then i had like 30 minutes left (enough ?) .. with 1,5 km left to go the unexpected happened … a puncture … i had no words left – i just had to laugh 😉 … there were 15 minutes left when i turned up at the check in counter – i knew it was too late – but i had to try 😉 the clerk then asked me if it was OK if i took the next plane instead … as if she was apologizing for this inconvenience … an hour later i sat on the plane headed for fukuoka.

after reassembling my bike i took off to do as much sightseeing as possible starting with the Hataka – side before continuing on to the
Fukuoka – side. Within the next 4 hours i had seen most of the sights, so i decided to head down to Dazaifu – an traditional town about 15 km south. I had no real clue how to get there until i finally found a map in one of them convenience stores, which seemed to be everywhere. The traffic was heavy and the temperatures pretty high (for a march afternoon), which caused my head to ache. Anyways, I finally made it to this pretty little town, which seemed to accommodate more sights than the Hataka and Fukuoka together.

When I got off the bike my computer read 75 km – not bad considering that i pretty much stayed in the same city (area). Tomorrow, I am planning to go to Nagasaki, which will be pure cycling, with only 2 planned sightseeing stops – in Takeo and Arita. Lets see how far I get.

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FLEMISH BICYCLE BABES

WHERE’S THE CHAMOIS IN THOSE?

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