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2017 Golden Week Goose Hunt Day 2: Yuni to Tsukigata

Posted on May 4, 2017
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Posted on May 4, 2017
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Days like today, I feel like I’m cheating at this cycle-touring game. A howling tailwind blew us all the way to the sleepy little town of Tsukigata, where our already-diverse group would join up with some more cyclists – from Japan and France.

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Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

The day started fairly slow, with breakfast, lounging about, and walks around the lovely Yuni Campground. Of course Simon and Alex outdid everyone with their five-star breakfast…

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

Once on the way, the tailwind kicked in and we all found ourselves being hurtled northwest-wards towards Tsukigata. Thanks to the gorgeous network of back-roads, we mostly had the roads to ourselves.

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

Lunch was had at Shinshinotsu Park, just 10km or so south of Tsukigata. Thankfully I’d packed my tarp, because the sun was doing its best to fry us all.

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

Cycle Touring Naganuma, Tsukigata, Akabira, and Mikasa (Hokkaido, Japan)

We made good time and were in the onsen next to the Tsukigata Campground well before dinner. I was on dinner duty tonight, and I was thrilled to be able to introduce some of the Japan newbies to the wonder that is Japanese hotpot. Rick and Haidee managed to capture my obsession at getting just the right shape on the veges.

Photo by Rick Siddle
Photo by Haidee Thomson

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