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The lap of Kyushu has been decided!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by WhiteGiant, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. WhiteGiant

    WhiteGiant Maximum Pace

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    December 23 – 30.

    Saturday 23rd: I’ve got my plane ticket, and I fly from Haneda airport to Shin-Kita-Kyushu airport – I leave at 10:25am, and arrive at 12:10pm.
    I’ll ride from the airport about 1:00pm, and I should arrive in Fukuoka around early evening – hopefully while it’s still light. When I get to Fukuoka, I’ll have to look for a business-hotel, or a capsule-hotel, even a “sauna”! Then have dinner, and hit the pillow real early.
    Total for the day: 90km (More, if I ride to Haneda airport)!

    Sunday 24th: I’ll leave Fukuoka early, and ride to Nagasaki. On the way though, there will be some hills. I’ll be carrying my new Deuter 30 litre backpack, which will weigh in at about 7-8kg, so I won’t be climbing very fast. When I get to Nagasaki, I’ll have some “Nagasaki-Chanpon” - Like vegetable Ramen!
    Total for the day: 150km

    Monday 25th (Christmas): Nagasaki to Kumamoto!
    I have a friend who lives just north of Kumamoto, in a small town called “Uekimachi”, so I’ll be able to stay there for the night.
    Total for the day: 150km

    Tuesday 26th: I’ll ride from Kumamoto to a small town about 50km north-west of Kagoshima, called “Sendai” – not the one in Miyagi-ken.
    I think this will be my hardest day! It looks like it will be a century ride, with a lot of “ups & downs”, similar to Izu-hanto. I’ll need a really early start.
    Total for the day: 160km

    Wednesday 27th: Sendai to Miyako-no-jo (where the Tokyo Giants baseball team take their yearly vacation). It’s 50km to Kagoshima, and I might make a small trip around there before I jump on the ferry to Sakura-Jima. After I get off the ferry, I’ll only have a short 50km ride into Miyako-no-jo – It’s kind of my rest day after those three long ones!
    Total for the day: 100km

    Thursday 28th: Miyako-no-jo to Nobeoka.
    I’ll leave Miyako-no-jo in the morning, and ride 50km to Miyazaki, over up & down terrain. From there, I’ll head straight up the east coast of Kyushu (along the Pacific Ocean) on what I think are flat roads – 80km. It might be easy, or it might be really hard (depending on the wind – I’ve heard that this time of year, the wind is from the north, and that could make things difficult).
    Total for the day: 130km

    Friday 29th: Nobeoka to Beppu (Onsen).
    It doesn’t look so far on the map, but there are some big mountains in the way!
    I’ll be carrying over 7kg of luggage with me, and I don’t think I’ll want to be doing too much “mountain-climbing”.
    I have a choice of 3 routes/roads to take:
    1. I could follow the ocean road on Rte.388, but it’s a lot longer.
    2. I could take the shortest route possible – Rte.326 – But that one is a climb of more than 20km to near the peak of a mountain 1,408m high….. I don’t think so!
    3. The middle road! Rte.10, which follows the train line – I think this will be my choice on the day!
    Total for the day: 110-120km

    Saturday 30th: From Beppu back to Shin-Kita-Kyushu airport!
    My last day. I’ll jump in one of those hot-springs in the morning, and while I take my time heading back to the airport I’ll be thinking, “I only have 100km to go!”.
    I haven’t bought the ticket home yet, because I have no idea what time I’ll get to the airport, so I’ll buy the ticket when I arrive there.
    From there, it’ll be “finally back to Tokyo!!!”
    Total for the day: 110km

    All up, it will be about 1,000km over 8 days!
    I think I’ll have a really sore arse afterwards though.
    If I can find some internet cafes along the way, I’ll send some updates.
    IF you can join me, GREAT! Otherwise, all I’m asking is that you “wish me luck” – I’ll need it!


    23日:航空券が取れて(10:25発 - 12:10着)。新北九州空港から自走で福岡へ向かえ、夕方ぐらい福岡に着くようにします(日が沈む前だといいな~!と、、、)。
    福岡に着いたら、ビジネスホテルか?カプセルか?サウナさえもか?を探し、夕飯を食べてから、ぐーぐーと寝ます。 約90km。

    24日:朝早く福岡を出て、長崎に行きます。途中で山の上り坂がありそう。荷物は、DEUTERの30リトルのリュックで、7-8kgなので、だらーっと登ります。長崎に着き、ちゃんぽん食い!  約150km。

    熊本の近くにある「植木町」に、友達が住んでるので泊まらせてもらう事になりました。  約150km。

    これは一番ツラい日だと思う、、、まるでセンチュリーになりそう。伊豆半島と同じ様な「アップ・ダウン」が多いみたいです。  約160km。

    27日:川内から都城(読売GIANTSが毎年 休憩しに行く町だそう!)へ。
    多分 一番楽な日。川内から鹿児島までは50kmぐらいです。鹿児島をポッタリングしてから、フェリーで桜島に行ったら、都城までも50kmしかない。なんとなくレスト・デーとなります。  約100km。

    でもこの時季は「北風だよ!」と聞いたので、ちょっと心配。  約130km。

    ・ 海沿いなら、山坂より楽なんだけど、距離が延びる(国道388号)。
    ・ 一番近い距離なんだけど(国道326号)、1,408mの山の頂上に近くまで登らなきゃ、、、やめとこ!
    ・ 多分(国道10号)で「日豊本線」のそばで行こうかな~?

  2. thomas

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    Travis, I'd really be keen on joining, can't tell how much I envy you! :)

    Unfortunately, I have work until Christmas Eve. You'd be in Kumamoto on the 25th, right? Also, you said you are going to use Ostrich's "airplane-proof" rinko-bukuro. Will you leave it at Shin-Kita-Kyushu airport? I am using the same bag, it's basically not foldable (see below, pics taken in Beppu btw).

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  3. Phil Harris

    Phil Harris Speeding Up

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    Lap Around Kyushu

  4. kiwisimon

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    May all your hills be down and all your winds, tail. Goodluck!!!!
  5. WhiteGiant

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    Thanks for your replies!

    Thomas, maybe a slight misunderstanding - I won't be taking an "air-plane bag!" (I don't have one) - Just my usual "rinko-fukuro". I will just have to trust the airline staff to take care of the Giant! - If the bike gets f*****d up along the way, I will have enough tools on me to make the bike ridable until I get to Fukuoka, and then my first stop will be a "jitensha-ya-san" (bike shop)!
    I will remember to let the air out the tires though - They can burst at altitude.

    And Phil, "ganbaru shika nai" - I can do nothing else but just ride the course, and do my best! It might be tough in some places, though...

    Kiwisimon, thanks for your good wishes (I'm an Aussie, by the way - so even though we're far apart, we're not THAT far away) - Hope you can make it down this way soon, so we can ride together! - maybe next year, if you have the time - March or April would be good!

    Thanks again for your support! T
  6. Sora

    Sora Basho's companion

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    ツーリングのレポート楽しみにしています、走ったときだけではなく、どんなところに泊まったか?どんなところで飲んだか?教えてください。:D 九州なんで、温泉レポートも期待してますよ。

  7. Ash

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    Good luck bro! Thats quite a trip you got planned there. Send me a mail to my phone now and then, let me know how you are getting on!

    All the best

  8. nobu☆

    nobu☆ Speeding Up

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    トラさん 本当凄い:eek: ! 1000キロのライドなんて考えられませぇ~~ん。


  9. WhiteGiant

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    Looks like good weather!

    Hey guys,
    I checked the weather report, and it looks like I'll have clear skies for the next few days, at least.
    My back-pack is almost full, but I'll carry my "rinko-fukuro" in my spare bottle holder.
    This will probably be my last entry to the site for a while, but I've made arrangements with Thomas, and Ashwarren to keep you all updated on my progress.
    After last week's race, I feel like I could do anything, but still, I'm still worried about the distance, the hills, the wind!
    I can't express my gratitude for all the support you've all shown!
    To all of you, thanks again! And I'll post the report & photos when I get back!
    All you guys... Rubber down, eh! T
  10. Phil Harris

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    Dude! Go For It!! Make arrangements for where to stay in the towns and villages along the way!
  11. thomas

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    Day 1

    Here's the update Travis has sent tonight. Seems he's rubbering down quite fine! :)

  12. Sora

    Sora Basho's companion

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    Hi Thomas-san,

    thank you for your acting post.:D

  13. thomas

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    Day 2

    Hi guys,

    here's an update from Travis' Day 2 in Kyushu. :D

  14. thomas

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    Day 3

    More news from Travis the Brave... :thumb:



    PIC 3: FINALLY...
  15. thomas

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    Day 4

    And here is Travis' 4th report... :)

    Pic 1: the climb before the first tunnel . where I had a break.

    Pic 2: the long tunnel.

    Pic 3: riding up to the last tunnel.

    Pic 4: riding down the west coast - with a tailwind!

    Pic 5: After riding in the rain this morning, my bike was (still is, actually) filthy! When I got here, it was still light, so I went looking for a gas station that had a high-pressure water hose. None of them did. So I rode around for a bit, and I saw a taxi driver cleaning his cab. I asked him if there was a H.P.hose, and he said, "yes, around the back", but it was just a normal hose (not high pressure). Anyway, I just went to the combini and bought a pack of three white towels, some medical gauze, and an ear-cleaner with a wool bit on the end - for between the chain links. I'm gonna be busy tomorrow, before I even leave.
  16. Sora

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  17. kiwisimon

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    Valuable lesson from Travis..

    Turn that computer upside down and ride to your condition. I never used to look at mine during the day. They play on the mind too much, out of sight is out of mind and the touring becomes a lot more enjoyable. Valuable lesson there for people from Travis ride to your legs not a machine. Keep going mate and you really are traveling light. Oh and hold your place on the road in the verge is cruddy, the cars and trucks can make room for you.(either that or you'll be dead). Thanks for the reports. 追い風に!
  18. mayu

    mayu Warming-Up

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    I’ve read the report every day. I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing. “気をつけて” そして “Goof luck!!” :)
  19. thomas

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    Day 5

    And he's still rubbering... Day 5. :cool:

    Pic 1: half-way to Kagoshima.

    Pic 2: Sakura-jima, from the ferry.

    Pic 3: 10 minutes into the hike.

    Pic 4: where am I?
  20. thomas

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    Day 6

    Day 6 for Travis... :D

    Pic 1: Where I noticed my bottle gone..

    Pic 2: The turn in Miyazaki where the wind turned "side".

    Pic 3: Starting to cheer up!

    Pic 4: First beach on eastern Kyushu - 60km north of Miyazaki.

    Pic 5: Cheered up! But cold feet!

    Pic 6: Real happy!

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