Crazy Kiwi on a Mama-chari!
On 12th May 2012 I depart Christchurch for my second big Japan Bike Ride. The first one was last year. Visit http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/bigjapanbikeride to see a journal of journey.
There are several differences this year.
This year I hope to do more to support the tsunami survivors. When help was not forthcoming last year I did it just for fun. The cycling part is easy, just start and keep going from A to B.
Last year I started packing 2 hours before leaving New Zealand and was unsure I would actually do the ride until the day of departure from Tokyo to the start at Sata Misaki. This year I have been preparing for the journey for several months already and there is still 3 weeks to go before leaving New Zealand. Setting up and organising fund-raising and other related activities is much more complicated than expected. Much more!
Last year it was just me. This year as part of the support for tsunami survivors I would like others to join me along the way, either for a few minutes, a few hours, a few days or even a few weeks.
Rather than just go bottom to top like last year, this year has a number of destinations to visit along the way…
2 atomic bomb sites
(長崎市 Nagasaki and 広島市 Hiroshima)
3 scenic views of Japan (日本三景 nihon sankei)
宮島 Miyajima (near Hiroshima)
天橋立 Amanohashidate (northern Kyoto Prefecture)
松島 Matsushima Bay (near Sendai)
佐多岬 Sata-misaki (South Point)
神崎鼻 Kōzakihana (West Point)
納沙布岬 Nosappu-misaki (East Point)
宗谷岬Sōya-misaki (North Point)
Going to the four points of the compass of the four main islands is the primary goal. There will probably be more goals to add at a later date; for instance what about 5 shines or 6 temples or 7 cycling roads? Perhaps a reader can help?
See below map of provisional route and start dates. These may change subject to events.
After discovering there were many small interesting stories within the one big one, I would also like to make a documentary of the journey.
It might be interesting to have several hundred people cycling together at the end! Ahhhh, one can dream!!
I wish to thank the following for their help and kindness…
Kenichi owner and proprietor of Cycling Japan, purveyors of fine guided cycle tours in Japan… http://cyclingjapan.jp/
Peter Buckton of Sony Corp… www.sony.com
A Sony Cybershot HX7v or Handycam HDR-PJ760V were used to take all photos on this blog.