- Day 13 – Imabari to Innoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea
- Distance: 67.6km
- Ascent / descent: 501m / 490m
- Weather: hot and sunny
- Accommodation: camped on Innoshima island
I was really sad to say goodbye to Mr & Mrs Tokunaga again. We had a delicious breakfast and I left at 9:30am to cycle the famous Shimanami Kaido cycling path. They had told me about a campsite called Sunset Beach which was a little closer than I was hoping to ride today but it was good to know and I would decide when I arrived there.
It felt like a summers day and was perfect for cycling the Shimanami Kaido cycling route across a succession of bridges and islands across the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and Honshu.
It was easy to see why this was such a famous and popular cycling route; the signs and way marking is brilliant. All you needed to do was follow these blue signs on the ground and it took you via the recommended route, past frequent Michi-no-eki’s, stunning sea vistas and across numerous bridges. I loved today!
I met another cyclist, a man called Michael from Ireland, who was camped at the same place and we had a good chat before I put up my tent, unknowingly on prickly grass! (I realised as soon as I sat in the tent and the prickles got me everywhere! I scouted the entire field to see if there was anywhere less prickly but there wasn’t, so plan B was to lay all my unused clothes and gear down underneath my air mattress just to make sure nothing went pop in the night!)
I then went and ate a takeaway sushi dinner while watching the sunset… this is the life!