Cycling Japan: Northeastern Kyushu

•September 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

 One hell of a bike lane! 

Rice fields everywhere 




Don’t ask 




One of the “7 Hells of Beppu”

The shower at the Onsen in Beppu 


 There are sulfur-smelling steam vents all over Beppu

 Onta, the small pottery village in the mountains above Hita.



One of the kilns.  



 “Onya”, or “sweet fish” in Hita.  It was “oi-shee” (delicious).




Another Japan journey

•September 23, 2015 • 3 Comments

A few days in Kumamoto before starting my 2 week Japanese class and homestay. 

Pictures of the Kumamoto castle:


Kumamoto castle

 Trunks of some thousand-year-old camphor trees 

 There were a series of these very cool benches along the river 

A Hello kitty temple???

Japan has to have the worlds most expensive grapes.  $8.50 for 19 grapes…that’s about $.45 a grape. They were good though.   However, after that I had a fantastic lunch with several courses, sushi, soba noodles, and miso soup, for $0.25 more than the grapes.


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Some images of Morocco

•May 25, 2015 • 1 Comment





Marrakech, Morocco

•May 14, 2015 • 3 Comments

Far away from Santa Fe.  Morocco is having a heat wave. The temperature in Marrakech is 106 today, but it’s cool in our riad deep in the labyrinth of the medina.  


  On our 15th anniversary. 













Cycling Andalusia, Spain

•May 6, 2015 • 1 Comment



  Cycling in Spain my new Touring Bike. 

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A Guided Tour: Cycling the Length of Japan

•March 9, 2015 • 2 Comments

I’ll be leading a fully supported tour, cycling the length of Japan, 11 Sept to 12 Oct, 2015.

You can learn more at: JapanBiking 

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Signs, Menus, and Translations

•November 19, 2014 • 4 Comments

I was looking through my photos and came across these shots of English words and translations.


Gotta love the toilet instructions.  This one has a wireless remote.  “posterior” is not a word we hear much.  Always lots of options when on the toilet. (click image to enlarge)


OK, so how hot could it be?  Well, you could easily have brewed tea with this water. Scalding is an understatement.


I guess hair dying is a problem in Japan hotels.


This was in an “Italian” bar and restaurant.  Looks like the glasses were printed with a small typo.


From a distance, this looked like a sign to say “no peeing”.


I have NO idea…  Fuku??


Some interesting menu items


The sign below happened a lot, especially on menus.  The title in English, and the rest in kanji.


Shirts with English words are everywhere.  Sometimes they make sense.



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