It was fucking sick!
I didn’t want it to end. I could just do that forever.
The scenery was so amazing, We got bored of saying how beautiful it was.
The climbs were challenging but not enough to break you.
I’ve never done decents that fun – Like 12km decent down switchbacks. With mirrors on every corner so you can see if there are cars.
We got caught out by landslides a few times. It turns out that, in Japan, it there is a sign saying the road is closed. It is absolutely impassable. Took us a couple of 10km double-backs to get that in our stupid heads.
The first day, we left late, not realising it gets dark at about 5:30. We also didn’t bring lights with us (didn’t plan on night riding)
Then at around 8pm, 2km from our destination, on a back road that had no turn offs for the previous 20km, in pitch black, besides our phone torch. We ran into a fucking landslide that had wiped away the road and part of the mountain. That sucked.
So then we double backed. Found a road that wasn’t on our GPS. (Otherwise we were looking at a 35km detour) Took a punt on it. And got to our acomm about 945-10pm
Besides that it was fucking amazing and I highly recommend you do it. Never forget it.
If you are gonna do it. Id get a route made for you. Adam from Commuter Cycles helped us out with that, he’s been there a bunch
I tried to route it myself, but it’s hard to know what roads are open and what routes are good.
There is no way I would have seen the shit I saw if I’d routed it myself.
So yeah. It was pretty good
We were only riding for 6 days, but we saw so much stuff and never felt like we were rushing (except the first night lol). Longer would have been amazing, but it was good as it was.
The other thing that was cool was how good my legs felt. Every day they were better and better. They would be a little tired for about 10km, but then bam amazing. Feels good man.