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Woke up bright and early to check out, only slept for 5 hours. We left our luggage in luggage storage and went to the market that was closed yesterday to see it in action. It was so busy, I finally realized where everyone was, people don't go out as much at night. The streets were really crowded but it was cool to see them selling traditional clothes and umbrellas, and this raised shoes. It was really ...
Distance: 77.6 km
Elevation: 1,552 metres
Just when I thought I had left the mountains behind me for some easier cycling around the Izu Hanto, I was pulled back in by the lull of a coastal route which eventually led to an inland route with a significant climb. In fact, the day's elevation gain rivaled the climbs of the big mountains of the previous week. However, the ...
... making our way to the 7th station. This was due to be a one hour walk, but again, we were making good time and arrived there after 40 minutes. It had become obvious that the timings advertised were grossly over exaggerated and if we weren't careful, we would arrive at the summit too early and would have to stay there, with no wind protection and temperatures close to zero degrees, for far too long. We were obviously going to have to spend quite a bit of time waiting ...
... I am almost certain I would have given up if I had realized how big it really was, and how far you had to go. I was most definitely glad I was not one in the crowd of people climbing up in the early morning sun, that's for sure!
We arrived back at 5th station at about 9am. We were all absolutely shattered, but pleased with what we had managed. And I have never been so happy to see a bus in all my life! Unfortunately for us, this was just the beginning ...
... up Mt Fuji. It was very well signed and roped much of the way, which was useful for dragging ourselves up the steep parts! The terrain consisted of loose volcanic stones and coarse rocky 'steps' in places, but was generally pretty good going. As a guide we had the recommended climb times broken into stages between each of the stations heading to the summit, and we were very pleased to come in significantly quicker on all of the ascending segments. Jen was leading ...
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