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... we went to a restaurant that specialises in Okonomiyaki. These are a spiced crepe or pancake where ingredients are often particular to a certain locality. They were flavoured with a Worcestershire type sauce and were really very tasty - you order from a range of meats or even a combination. This type of eating is really cheap - dinner and drinks (beers and soft drink) tonight cost 9100 Yen (~ $95) for all 11 of us. I ...
... and seaweed rolls, Andrew and I both ordered proper Sushi dishes. Mine had a steamed prawn, and at least 3 types of raw fish along with tofu and some other unidentifiable stuff that tasted OK. You get a good dab of wasabi with it, and the deal is to mix it into a few tablespoons of soy sauce to dip the food into. I really quite enjoyed it.
After dinner we went into the Onsens for half an hour or so. Tomorrow we might try a public onsen ...
... a little bit. I understood when she asked me what country I was from and if I was riding to Kusatsu. After I finished eating my apple which was quite delicious, she came back to the fruit stand with a big basket of freshly picked apples and gave me a free one that had some blemishes on it. That kind gesture lifted my spirits and I set off again with a bit more zip.
Similarly, during one difficult climb through a shaded, forest road ...
... br> I'm still suffering from jet lag as I was up at around 3 AM again. After tossing and turning for a while, I decided to just go out for a ride to test the knee. I had decided to stay in Takasaki for a 3rd night in case today's ride revealed that my knee was shot and I would have to evaluate my options. As explained above, the left knee is now better but the right knee is in pain.
Today's ride was a climb up Mt. Akagi, the start ...
... is so cool. I can see myself enjoying socializing with them. They shared plenty about their experiences, offered plenty help and support and extended a very friendly hand to all the new ALTs. A few of us (who were able to) stayed afterwards and had dinner together where we socialized a bit more. I know I will have some stories to tell by association with them. They will keep me active in this ...
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