Shibetsu - The fifth step ... the length of Japan. - CycleBlaze

August 21, 2018


We woke eraly after a good night's sleep but lay in bed waiting for the tent to dry after a rather heavy dew overnight.

Our day started off over some low hills passing through some nice natural forest.  Then the road spilled into a broad valley full of agricultural development.  Along with the rather heavy traffic, this made for a rather tiresome day.  At least the weather was pretty good - mostly cloudy with a light headwind.  There were also a few nice barn murals along the way.

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We had hoped to stop at the first Michi-no-Eki along the way to pick up some breakfast but after waiting for it to open at nine o'clock, it had nothing that caught our fancy.  So we pushed on to Bifuka, a small town about fifteen kilometers later.  This meant we had a thirty kay ride before eating for we were pretty hungry when we got there.  Bifuka also had a 7-Eleven which meant that I good top up our cash.  

The weather forecast suggested heavy rain later today and for much of tomorrow.  This and the fact that we were pretty tired had us thinking of booking into a hotel for two nights and taking a work break. But when we got to Shibetsu at about two in the afternoon the clouds didn't look particularly threatening.  So we cycled up the hill west of the town where there is a free campsite.  We settled in and then went down the hill to an Onsen for our daily scrub and soak after which we had supper at the restaurant in the hotel to which the Onsen is attached.  A really great meal of cold noodles, rice and tempura prawns with various accompaniments.

While we were in the Onsen it started raining and it looks like tomorrow will have a bit of rain too.  Oh well, we'll have to pack up a wet tent and hope for the best.

Today's ride: 78 km (48 miles)
Total: 703 km (437 miles)

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