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Escaping the city heat (better known as summer vacation) III

Day 4 - Rishiri Island


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The circumference of Rishiri is 59 km. There are two options: you can bike it or you can walk it. People asked us if we wanted to walk the island with them. We thought about it until we asked what time they were leaving and they said they leave at 04:00 and get back at 20:00. At this point we said no.

Instead we got up, rented bikes for the day, and started out on a quest to bike around the island. We left around 09:00 and stopped and bought some lunch at the konbini. We had some nice Snickers bars and yakisoba. Well we had nice Snickers bars until they melted in the heat and became some sort of runny mess.

So we started off on our quest and biked through town, into the wind the whole way. We biked for about an hour then stopped at a rest stop to use the bathroom.

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We continued on for another 20 minutes then we found a really nice beach. We decided to stop and relax and dip our feet in the water. Man did we relax.

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Two hours later and countless games of 20 questions and DeNiro we decided to give up on our quest to bike the island and head back. This time we decided to take the bike trail back not go on the road again.

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This trail went back up the mountain and was what the large bridges were built for. There were three big bridges and most of them were about 30m high and 50m long. They were pretty large.

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This bike trail was very well maintained (they really seem to adhere to the "do it right the first time and you'll never have to do it again" construction mantra ~C). There were signs along the route and they even had pylons marking where the pot holes were. I don't think Court saw this pylon and it almost resulted in her doom!

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(Note: it didn`t actually happen quite that way. Andrew said, "Hey Court, see if you can make it look like you`re running into that pylon and I`ll get a picture of it." How can you not see a pylon? ~C)

Biking along this trail was a huge pain because for the first half it was up hill into the wind. This was when Courtney decided that she wasn't an uphill wind in her face biker, she was a downhill wind in her face biker.

We also came across this sign. Again we aren't sure if it means that crows will attack you or if a crow comes near you you should start to cry. We're not sure about this one.

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The bike trail did exit right by the onsen. So I stopped and had a nice relaxing onsen in an outdoor hot spring then we went back and had some supper.

That night we were playing cards at the youth hostel and we started talking to a Japanese guy that lived in Hokkaido. He gave us a few tips of places to go and that we should try rafting in Furano.

All in all it was a very relaxing day in Rishiri.
~A

Posted by agc_cwm 19:30 Archived in Japan

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