Leaving our lovely hotel in Kyoto in a rainstorm didn’t phase us much as the first part of the journey was fairly hilly but just as the hills ended and a more urban and industrial landscape became the norm the sun once again began to shine and with it the humidity rose !!
We’d settled into a fairly uninteresting ride and were content to just get to Kobe and a campsite we had found when up ahead we spotted a lone cyclist on a road bike, as we drew nearer we managed to strike up a conversation and soon realised we were heading for the same area, fortunately for us that Hajime Sakai, this was the cyclist, knew the area as some of the bike paths were hard to follow and without him we would have struggled to follow them.
As the miles passed we continued our broken conversation but enough to invite him to join us for lunch, he told us he knew of a decent place about 15 minutes ride away, the man was right as we finally stopped at an Italian Cafe just a few kilometres outside of Kobe….
The three of us outside the Restaurant.
Leaving Hajime at the restaurant we stopped at a shop Naomi had seen on the way which sold sweets and deserts, yummy 😉 then carried on to Kobe to find the campsite we had listed, it was getting late, dark and had started to rain and we realised that our hopes of finding the campsite were fading fast! We stopped at a train station where by chance a complete stranger, name not known, proceeded to spend half an hour on his phone finding us Accomodation on budget and close to our present location…..
Complete stranger and really good bloke !!
He found us Accomodation at a Japanese hostel about 5k back, not only that but he showed us the route on his scooter then showed us into the hostel, brought us drinks, checked us in and bid us fair well without accepting a penny for his trouble !!
The Accomodation was 5 star luxury and once you’d got used to the protocol it was great and still in budget !!
Leaving in the morning and heading for Hajime, flat roads that followed the coast meant for swift riding until we saw the Akashi Suspension Bridge….
Always hoped that we’d be able to cycle over this wonderful piece of engineering but alas we were not allowed so photos from the ground only ;-(
Dragging myself away from the bridge we went in search of our evenings campsite, why are they always at the top of a steep hill especially after a long day in the saddle…
Despite the hill the setting was wonderful and the camp host made us more than welcome, he even sorted out an outdoor shower for us even though the site doesn’t list them as part of there services 😉
After a good nights sleep we stopped at Hajime Castle, listed in the guide book and meant to be stunning !!
The guide book was right, the castle and grounds are stunning and no amount of photos will do it justice but if your interested the album is on Facebook….
The ferry to Shodashima.
The island is not huge but does have a few good hills, despite this on a road bike with no baggage you’d get round the island in a day ! We took it slightly more gently and covered about two thirds before finding the campsite we had in mind, no hills to climb to it !! , beautifully presented, clean and tidy and with stunning views to boot, this was probably the best campsite we’ve had since we started our trip and this includes America !!!
As I said, great views 😉
No great rush to leave in the morning as we’d not got much planned, although we had seen info for a cable car up Mt Kan Ka Kei, we stopped fro a quick breakfast next door tote tourist info place before spoiling there day with our questions, info gained we set of on a bus for the far side of the island and a short taxi ride to the cable car station before getting on a gondola for the 612m climb to the top of Mt Kan Ka Kei….
Views of the beach and campsite.
Naomi and I spent an hour or so in the sea and sunbathing before showering and heading of in search of food and beer, we stopped at the next site, they were having a family BBQ but were happy to serve us beer and crisps while we watched the sun set over the distant mountains, the one time I didn’t have my camera with me and mother nature put on such a show, oh well, night all.
Hope your all well 😉
As a bit of a footnote to my blogs I’d like to apologise to anyone who reads my blog and has a blog of there own.
It’s not that I’m not interested in your blogs but while I’m away on my own tour and with Wi Fi being so limited and when it is available trying to catch up on email, uploading photos and my own blog I don’t get time to read other peoples blogs, please don’t stop reading and keep sending me your details and one day in about 18 months time I’ll sit down with nothing else to do and read them all, promise 😉