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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tour of Hokkaido 2009

On August 25th, Yana & Mark Ivey, Brooks Sizemore and I did a Bicycle Tour of Hokkaido (the northern-most big Island of Japan). The ride totaled 1532.3km of riding and 15,300m of climb over 18 riding days, during which we got 2 flat tires, neither of which could be attributed to the condition of Japan's roads. (All tracks were recorded by my Garmin 76CSx, and you download all the tracks in a zipped package)

This is the index page with day-by-day trip reports and will collect all the photos when they show up.

The original solicitation letter got enough attention to go ahead, and due to plane ticket pricing and other timing issues, we settled on an August 25th departure.

We used the Collaborative album feature of PicasaWeb to mix all our photos together in chronological order:



Brooks Sizemore's Pictures

12 comments:

openeyes said...

Hi,
This trip looks great. Is there any chance you would be will to share you garmin tcx of gpx file of your trip?
Kindest Regards,
oldmantrout

Piaw Na said...

If you click through on the little map on every entry, the GPS tracks should be readily available. Please let me know if they are not.

openeyes said...

I just tried but I think snce they are shutting down motionbased it is not working as it should. I tried on Garmin connect but could not find them there although my search technique is not that great.

Piaw Na said...

That's very strange. I just tried it and the linked work for me. This link work for you?

openeyes said...

I get this ...
A system error occurred. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again or return to the MotionBased Home Page.

Piaw Na said...

My apologies. I've uploaded all my tracks now. (See the first paragraph of this web page)

openeyes said...

hey I really appreciate that. I have downloaded them and opened to check - all good. Once again thanks

Northern Light said...

Hi Piaw,
I wish I knew you were comming! I am a 15 year resident in Hokkaido and I cycle 5000-6000 kms every year. I know several of the routes you described. I agree that the passes are few and not comparable to the Alps. Major roads have high traffic, but the country roads are beautiful (and well kept!). Next time you come, you should cycle along the coast.
I know the wind problem. Once I was cycling from Sapporo to Soya misaki (400kms - 3 days) with a constant headwind of at least 5 m/s :-(

Piaw Na said...

We did cycle along the coast to Utoro and back, but we get a lot of coast cycling here in California as well, so we thought we'd see some of the famous areas like Biei. No regrets --- Biei was really beautiful, living up to its name.

Newsoul said...

Hokkaido, it's seem beautiful and interesting. Nice post.

Khouw Kalbe said...

Hi Piaw, found your blog while surfing the net. i am an ex googler too.. i recall seeing your posts when i was at google. i am living in jakarta now. let me know if you are in the area and would like to do some riding. i know a few good trails. -Ronny

cara-blog said...

thanks bro for this information :)