It was on October 30, 2011 for the second day of the bike trip. (Yes, I am so lazy and it took over a month to blog about this trip.)
Around 6 in the morning I left a guest house and started going down the slope.
Going over Shinano railways to Unnojuku (jp).
Chikuma River is a part of Shinano River, which is the longest and largest river in Japan. The river is called Chikuma River only in Nagano Prefecture.
The main street in Unnojuku.
Chikuma River cycling road was not maintained well in contrast to Tone and Arakawa River. Grasses grows in the gaps of the road surface.
Vivid green grasses looked beautiful.
According to the weather forecast, it would rain in the evening, but it actually rained in the morning. If it were a fine day, the mountains would have looked lovely.
To ride a bicycle in the rain wasn’t so fun. I wish I could get train to go back home, but I needed to reach the Japan sea in anyways.
My feet was quite cold in the shoes. I got a few of plastic bags at a convenience store to wrap my feet.
After taking a break at the convenience store, I biked north up a storm since I was running late due to the rain.
This is a bridge on Chikuma River in Iiyama city.
I left the bypass here to bike up hill. This was the last pass in the two days’ trip. It stopped raining without even noticing.
The slope was killingly steep, but not so long as Usui pass I ran on the previous day.
Once finished climbing the hill and ran down it, I didn’t want to stop any more. Then, I biked 40 km with no break.
Naoetsu port is the sea entrance for Sado Island. The Japan Sea is almost there.
Finally, I reached my destination with two days cycling for 360km, average speed 24.0km/h. I wish the beach be beautiful as in California, but this is Japan where I live.
It took two days by bicycle, but only took two hours by express train for return to Tokyo. I want to do it again by another course maybe in next summer.