Cycling the Length of Japan: Day 4, August 19, 2013

Today was a good cycling-karma day.  One small cloud burst itself open just as I was riding past a large flower garden and lavender park (there’s a lot of them around) so I stopped and had some green tea ice cream until the clouds passed.  Then, just minutes after I checked into my hotel (Minshuku, actually) the rain came down in sheets.  If I arrived 10 minutes later I would have been drenched.

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The distance was short today so I had plenty of time to stop as I was only going from Asahikawa to Furano.  Furano is a ski town that sits at the base of the highest mountain range in Hokkaido. While the peaks aren’t very high, this town gets over 22 feet of snow a year.  August is my time to be here.

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The first stop was at a very tiny coffee house where that woman took at least 10 minutes to brew my coffee in an individual drip percolator.  It was very good, but yeow, was it strong.

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My mother (Esther) and I share the same birthday, so each year on August 16 I find a Catholic church, light a candle, and take some time to remember her.  She was a great lady (I can still hear her say, “Oh…Bobby”).  However, Catholic churches are in short supply on this island, so I’ve been trying to find a shrine or temple to light a candle or some incense.  Well, that didn’t happen on the 16th, but today I noticed a small shrine with what looked like headstones nearby (but not graves) so I stopped.  The shrine was a tiny building about 100sf with a bunch of prayer papers on the wall, so I paid my homage to Esther.

A very precisely laid out field.

A very precisely laid out field.

Oh, for those of you who’ve never been to Japan, a Minshuku is sort of a budget Japanese B&B… actually,maybe a bit below that.  This one I’m in tonight is certainly heavy on the “budget”.  I wanted to try a variety of accommodations; however, I will NOT be going below this into any Youth Hostels.   Minshuku is my limit.

Something tells me they are either over selling a bit, or the message got lost in translation.

Something tells me they are either over selling a bit, or the message got lost in translation.

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~ by rjmang on August 19, 2013.

6 Responses to “Cycling the Length of Japan: Day 4, August 19, 2013”

  1. wonderful posts!

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  2. Beautiful, Bob. I’m enjoying this so much. Thanks.

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  3. Robert: Excellent shots in today’s post. And, while it could make some surreal images – let’s hope the Sakuajima volcano quiets a bit before the final leg of your trip!

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  4. What a jolly good adventure. By the way I already put a flat in your bike. These NM streets are prickly bunch……..Enjoy realizing your dreams with the power to live all around in a happy space.

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  5. Can’t think of a better rest day stop than “Sapporo” …cheers!

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  6. I would loved to have tried that coffee! I love your post about grandma too. You are such an amazing and interesting man and introspective as well. Very inspiring Uncle Bobby. I love you

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