- Day 31 – Takaoka to Itoigawa
- Distance: 102km
- Ascent / descent: 504m / 512m
- Weather: sunny and hot
- Accommodation: beach camp in Itoigawa
I finally moved out of the hotel and started cycling again 😉 The first stop was at a bookshop so I could buy a new ‘Touring Maple’ guide – I bought the Tohoku version. Soon after, I passed a post office and posted my other map back to the UK, along with some souvenirs that I’d picked up but resented carrying for their extra weight 😉
I joined the Toyama Coastal Cycling route and followed this for about 40km before reverting back to Komoot which wanted me to take a more direct route towards my destination. The cycle route was terrific and varied and I would’ve stuck with it if I didn’t have such a big day planned.
I passed signs for a ‘mirage’ so I pulled in to see if I could see what everyone was looking at… but couldn’t see anything.
When I was in Kyoto a few weeks ago, a met a guy who worked at the Piece Hostel and he warned me about a section of road called Oyashirazu. The problem was I couldn’t recall exactly where it was, until I was on it today! ‘One of Japan’s most dangerous roads’ according to all the signs, and cycling along it with no shoulder and dozens of large trucks certainly made me feel like that was no exaggeration. It was beautiful and I wish I could’ve stopped to take a few more photos but my adrenalin was pumping, not knowing how long it would last for and whether I’d survive cycling along it as the sun was starting to set.
And then, finally I was in Itoigawa and could watch the sunset while I tried to figure out where to camp!