Cycling Japan – day 10 – rest day in Usuki

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  • Day 10 – rest day
  • Accommodation – Usukiya guesthouse, Usuki, ¥2,500

Mori-san was up early to ride to a viewpoint to watch the sunrise and he came back with a hot coffee for me which was a lovely way to start the day, thanks Mori-san! We chatted some more and I decided I would take a rest day today, a whole day of giving my bum a rest from the bike and hopefully I would find somewhere for a massage – my neck has been sending shooting pains up into my head. I said goodbye to Mori-san and walked to the tourist office to enquire about a massage. As luck would have it, there was a physio nearby and the staff member from the tourist office walked me there (she really didn’t have to!)

Mori-san

Physiotherapist in Usuki

Physiotherapist in Usuki

The physio was great and he did shiatsu on my upper back, shoulders and neck. I think I’ve just strained my neck from turning around on my bike to see if traffic’s coming (before I got my new bike mirror). It hurt like crazy but at the end of the session my neck could move more than before. A whole hour of shiatsu for less than ¥4,000 (£27 / US$36 / AU$51). We arranged another appointment for 6pm the same day and he told me to try and move my neck around as much as possible as I could during the day.

I didn’t do much else other than eat Indian for lunch, then booked the ferry to leave Kyushu tomorrow morning for Shikoku (¥2,310 for me and ¥720 for the bike) and then I went back for another painful physio session and chilled for the rest of the evening.

Indian curry in Usuki

Indian curry in Usuki

I booked the 7:45am ferry from Usuki to Yawatahama in Shikoku for tomorrow

I booked the 7:45am ferry from Usuki to Yawatahama in Shikoku for tomorrow

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