Rest Day - Everyone in All Directions

Trip Start Sep 30, 2016
Trip End Oct 09, 2016

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Flag of Japan  , Nagano,
Saturday, October 8, 2016

On Saturday morning, it rained steadily and Katy and Jody's plan to ride to Mcdonald's in nearby Nakano was in jeopardy. Ed, Rex and Clark were spending the day with Ed's friend, Mimi, who had lived in BC for several years and now lived in Nagano prefecture. She was coming to the inn to pick them up and take them to Obuse and Nagano to visit the Zenkoji temple.I opted to stay in to relax, catch up on some sleep and work on the blog.

Later in the morning, the rain subsided and Jody and Katy headed out on a route that I had planned for them on RWGPS and which they downloaded to their Garmins. When I asked Jody afterwards what he thought of the route, he said it was "fantastic." In addition to Mcdonald's, I had added in a segment to Nozawaonsen, a popular ski resort in the area, and a segment along the Chikuma River. This area is truly a mecca for some great cycling!

Around lunchtime, the innkeeper recommended a nearby curry restaurant called "Cafe Penticton" where I had a spicy but delicious curry. I had a great chat with the couple that owned the restaurant and they had lived in Banff and Jasper many years ago. In fact, they named the restaurant Penticton which means "forever" in the language of the Okanagan native people. After lunch, I rode down to the river and a few kms out beyond the town but headed back as it started to shower.

We were joined at dinner by Ed's friend, Mimi, who brought along some apples from her family's farm for dessert which were delicious. Our last night's dinner at the inn was the best one of our stay which is amazing as all the meals have been great!
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