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Takayama to Tsumago

My Giant Defy overlooking a cherry tree in bloom

Yet another early start today to ensure that we would have enough time to look around Tsumago. Despite going to bed at 10pm, I was exhausted by the time the alarm went off at 6am, as Stuart was coughing and snoring all night. Breakfast was a pot of yoghurt with fruit and Read more…


Shinkansen to Kanazawa

Tamsyn with some fried yams in Kanazawa

Our train for Kanazawa was at 10:30 this morning, so we got up at 7:30am. This gave us enough time to finish packing before leaving our hotel. Getting to Tokyo Station At 9am, Jez joined us at our hotel and we wheeled/carried/dragged our bikes to Ryogoku station. We had to go Read more…


Tokyo via Helsinki…

Jizu statues wearing red hats and capes

Our journey to Tokyo started at 5:45am as we wanted to be on the road by 6:30am. This was a fortunate decision. We had travelled less than five miles before getting stuck in a traffic jam. The traffic was slow-moving for an almost an hour, which gave me plenty of time to ponder Read more…


My first visit to Brighton

Brighton West Pier

Today I needed to go to Brighton to present at a conference. I’ve wanted to go there for so long, but I was expecting my marathon visit to be my first visit. The train journey was comfortable and uneventful and it was just a short walk from the station to Read more…