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Another Autumn ride in Yamaguchi(13 posts)

Another Autumn ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 6, 2003 3:38 AM
I took a few pic's while on a ride this Wednesday. The good weather continues, and we can still ride in shorts and light jerseys.
Another Autumn ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 6, 2003 3:42 AM
Autumn in Yamaguchi is really getting underway; as the leaves are changing colours and loosing their leaves.
Another Autumn ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 6, 2003 3:46 AM
This is a local tourist site called Three Peaks. The building in the foreground is a school. Not the best days for taking photos; as the sky was overcast.
Another Autumn ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 6, 2003 3:50 AM
On the climb over Daniwa heading back toward the coast. This is a great climb with 8 to 15 percent grades and switch back corners.
Another Autumn ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 6, 2003 3:53 AM
At the top of Daniwa there was this nice little valley. I thought the colours were pretty cool looking.
Another Autumn ride in YamaguchiGeoCyclist
Nov 6, 2003 4:00 AM
This is a photo of the Sanyo Expressway cutting across a valley and going into a tunnel in the hill side. Unfortunately this was the last photo I could take during this ride; as the weather took a turn for the worse and it started raining. I should have turned back toward the house at 80 km and I wouldn't have gotten caught out in the rain. In the end, I had to ride another 30 kms in the rain.
Very pretty. Nice hills, what fun. thanks for the pics...nmrwbadley
Nov 6, 2003 4:20 PM
re: Another Autumn ride in Yamaguchiwitcomb
Nov 6, 2003 4:54 AM
Wow, I am very jealous it looks gorgeous there, perfect riding. I am interested in knowing how well you make out getting around in Japan? I wouldn't think I'd be able to spend anymore than 3 days there, just because of the language barrier.

Keep the photos coming, my interest in increases with each post.
Getting by in Japan without speaking Japanese!GeoCyclist
Nov 6, 2003 8:48 PM
No problem! I'm ashamed to say that I've been living in Japan for 2 1/2 years and don't speak Japanese. You don't need to speak Japanese to travel around in Japan. Just don't get in a hurry, and everything seems to come together in the end.

I'll try to keep posting pic's; however, my riding buddies are getting fed up with me stopping to snap photos. So, the ride reports will more than likely be limited to the weekend tandem adventures.

Ride on!
I always enjoy seeing your reports...The Walrus
Nov 6, 2003 11:02 AM
20 years ago, I spent three weeks traveling in Japan, mainly in the Kansai and Kanto regions; the farthest west I ever got was Kurashiki. I most enjoyed getting away from the larger cities and roaming through some of the more rural areas. The autumn colors were often glorious, and there was such a wealth of beauty--the shrines and temples, the gardens, the castles, the little towns tucked in tiny valleys.

You might have mentioned this before, but what is it that you do there?

Man, I'd love to go back--I'd have to spend about a year brushing up on my Japanese, though...
Nov 6, 2003 9:03 PM
I'm a geophysical consultant and travel all over the world for my work. I live in Japan while I'm not working; as my wife is a school administrator at an American high school in Japan.

I wouldn't worry too much about getting your Japanese language skills back up to speed before visiting Japan. I don't speak Japanese and travel all over the country without too many problems. If you want to come to Japan to cycle, mid September to November is the best time of year; as it doesn't rain too often and the temperature and humidity are really good.

I agree with you about the country side being the best part of Japan. I'm thankful we live in a small city with a 10 minute cycle to the hills.

Ride On!
Nov 7, 2003 8:36 AM
Oh, how I miss Japan! So beautiful in the Fall!
Traveling without the language skills might be doable...The Walrus
Nov 7, 2003 1:39 PM
...but I'm glad I studied Japanese before I went. (Still can't believe there was a time when I could recognize about 500
i kanji.
) Being able to speak (and maybe more importantly,
i read
) was really helpful. I was traveling alone most of the three weeks, and I shudder to think how much less charming those little hamlets might have been if I'd had to get by with English and sign language. The high point of my trip was when the conductor on the train going from Toyama to Kanazawa came back to my seat and we chatted for about 20 minutes--all in Japanese. Boy, was I impressed with myself...