- Day 33 – (Sado Island) Sobama campground – Nyuzaki campground
- Distance: 65.6km
- Ascent / descent: 611m / 621m
- Weather: sunny and hot
- Accommodation: camped at Nyuzaki campground
I was warm last night for the first time in a while, thanks to my new fleece liner and a hot shower before bed.
I waited for the tent to dry before packing everything up and finished charging everything while eating a jam sandwich for breakfast.
Sobama beach was beautiful but unfortunately absolutely littered with plastic rubbish from places like Korea, China, Russia and even Spain.
Many of the houses had boards up like this I’m assuming to protect them from the wind. I was soon going up and down crazy gradients, often pushing the bike uphill, then flying down.
In Mano I popped into a sake brewery and bought a small 180ml bottle based on their recommendation.
I then continued passing through rural areas with wooden houses and small gardens. Everything is in bloom and looking beautiful and the gardens are busy with elderly people tending to them.
In Aikawa I visited the tourist office to get some information on the route around the northern side of the island which is supposedly very sparsely populated and no services. I also asked for a recommendation for a ryokan for my last night on the island tomorrow, somewhere near the ferry terminal in Ryotsu. I said I wanted to experience the food and hospitality of Sado Island so they recommended Hotel New Katsura which I then booked using their wifi. I bought some onigiri (rice balls) for dinner from the Lawson convenience store and continued on my way.
The wind had picked up as I made my way to Nyuzaki campground and when I got there, it was impossible to pitch the tent – trust me, I tried and the whole thing almost blew away! The sunset was stunning and I tried to enjoy it even though I was thoroughly frustrated about the tent situation! I ended up pitching my tent under the awning of an outside shower block that looked like it hadn’t been used for a while, and to get out of the wind, I ate my onigiri, washed down with my new bottle of sake, in the female toilets. Sometimes travelling is so glamorous 😉