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... determined to reach my booked hostel. The fitted lights on my bike were good enough, to see the roads up and down the mountains.
Once upon a time, I run a marathon in three to three and a half hours, I run one hundred kilometres in ten hours, which I thought was my limit!
Not anymore, 15 hours it took, until I finally checked into my hostel, the masochistic feeling gave very soon place to a very satisfying one, which makes ...
Just Japan now, off the beaten track, the best way to see it, with a guided and a small group of 11. Starting with Kyoto, an ancient capital off to beautiful towns offering lovely warm baths, even a fish spa! And the water just flows constantly through.
The fish nibble away at your feet, it's a lot of fun. Some peoples legs are black with baby coi, other people ...
... he wasn't well. However, that's the way Joseph is and he had been getting up around 5am most mornings to do his photos.
From Kumamoto, we caught the 5.47pm Sakura 417 shinkansen back to Kagoshima at 6.43pm. It had been a long day train sitting but it had been a good day. We took a few photos of the rainbow and of the sunset out of the train window. Two of the guys on the tour were leaving us the next day. They are going on ...
... the SL Yamaguchi-go and left Tsuwano by 3.48pm. We got back to Shin-Yamaguchi station by 5.30pm to relieve Takako of her luggage sitting duties. We had to buy some dinner for the train ride to Kagoshima at the southern tip of Kyushu island. There wasn't much around the station as far as food was concerned. Joseph settled for a sandwich and a dessert whereas I had a bento box of rice, salmon, pork pattie, some pickles and a small pork ...
... still warm and little wind
Next day we had half a day before leaving Kagoshima, this is one of our favourite cities since amongst other things it has a good tram system, also some great arcades and the port area great views of the volcano Sakurajima, this is about 20 min ferry ride away many people live there and it is still active - a bit like Mt Etna I suppose.
We arrived at Hakata for a two ...