Summer Tour 2000
WARNING : This page is not really NSR related !!!
It's about my summer trip. Read at your own risk !!!
I had a very nice summer vacation. I had originally planned on taking a trip to Tokyo with a stop over at Mount Fuji but that plan faded away. So I headed west instead of east.
Day 1 : Nagoya to Wakayama
After packing my back pack and checking over the bike I headed out of the city. I woke up early and had some free time so I took the local roads. From Nagoya to Suzuka. I headed west on route one. There was no action at the circuit so I didn't go inside cause they wanted over 25 dollars to look at a race track that nobody was using. After my brief stay in Suzuka ( one hour ) I hopped on the local expressway and headed for Osaka. After a few hours in heavy traffic and sweltering temperatures I arrived in Osaka. After lunch I began my journey to Wakayama prefecture. The Hi-ways were overcrowded and so over priced that I decided to take the local roads. Route 26 from Osaka into Wakayama city then I changed to route 42 where I followed that road to my destination for the day, Wakayama. There I could see my old friends and check up how things have changed.
After arriving in Wakayama I met some of my old friends, had a great time !!! My friends ride bikes too. Even though they are not NSR's they are still nice bikes to ride. I drove them around the beaches and found them quite comfortable compared to my bike. It was time for me to move on so I took off from Yuasa in Wakayama and headed for Shikoku Island. First I was to return to Wakayama city and catch a ferry, but I got lost. Luckily for me I met Hitoshi. He was driving a really big brand new Suzuki Hayabusa and we were both stopped at a red light. So I asked him how can I get to the ferry to Shikoku. He was so kind !!! He insisted on taking me there in person. So we drove for a while, ripping through small towns and having a blast. After we had lunch at his place and I met his really friendly Mother who made these delicious snacks that she gave to me. What great people !!! That is why I love Japan and meeting new people especially other riders !!! So now I finally make it to the ferry just in time for it's departure to Tokushima. It's a two hour ride on the ferry. I have a good friend who lives in Tokushima. I wanted to meet her and her nice family plus Tokushima was in the middle of it's largest event of the year. The great Awa - Odori Dance Festival. This was absolutely incredible and the pictures can not describe the feeling of being there in person. If you happen to be in Japan around the O - Bon season ( middle of August ) then I would recommend you check it out. Lot's of energy, cool outfits and dancing into the middle of the night. I will never forget that and I really want to thank Miyuki and her cool Mother too for inviting me to stay with them. Thanks guys !!!
The third and final day of my trip was to depart from Tokushima. We spent the morning driving around, had brunch and visited a cool museum plus the remains of Tokushima Castle. It also was very interesting and I had a good time, sorry no pictures yet. Afternoon had arrived and it was time for me to move on. I decided to return to the main land using one of the longest bridges in the world. It connects from Shikoku Island to Honshu ( the main island in Japan ) via Awaji-shima Island. The bridge offers beautiful sites and you can see whirlpools around Naruto ( Shikoku Island ). It is also one of the most expensive toll charges in the world too, nearly 50 US Dollars for a one way trip. After arriving in Akashi ( in between Kobe and Himeji ) I headed for a smaller town famous for it's fabulous castle, one of the most beautiful in Japan. I stayed for an hour or so and passed through Kobe where I had dinner with my old friend, then finally made it back to Nagoya late in the evening.
Thanks to everyone for making this a trip that I will never forget and one of the best summers I ever had. Hopefully next year I will be able to make it to Mount Fuji and Tokyo as I had originally planned.