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Japan Bike Tour 2008

On September 4th, I flew to Japan for a two month self-contained bike tour with friends Jay and Geno as well as Jay's son Andrew and his friend Korey. Although we have a planned route which encompassed the islands of Hokkaido, Honcho, Shikoku, and Kyushu, we did not have a specific time table or a final destination. Our tour would conclude when our allotted time of two months ended on November 4th, 2008. In the end, our bike tour as a group of five ended in Nagano, about half the distance through Honchu. Guess we'll have to return one day to finish Honchu and the other islands. During our bike tour, we rode a total of about 1,700 miles and climbed approximately 73,000 feet. Jay and Andrew's ability to read and speak Japanese allowed us to venture off the beaten path and afforded me the opportunity to see and enjoy so much of Japan (and the people) at an intimate level well beyond anything I could have imagined. It would be difficult to describe in words, all that had occurred during our tour. So I hope that the pictures below adequately tell the story of our journey. After 2 months, there were a lot of pictures. I've included some remarks with each picture and indicated the day of trip which covered 60 days.
Getting Ready
Getting Ready
From Narita to Sapporo in Hokkaido
From Narita to Sapporo in Hokkaido
Sapporo to Akita in Honchu
Sapporo to Akita in Honchu
Akita to Lake Inawashiroko
Akita to Lake Inawashiroko
Lake Inawashiroko to Kusatsu
Lake Inawashiroko to Kusatsu
Kusatsu to Tokyo
Kusatsu to Tokyo