- Day 48 – Lake Towada to Aomori
- Distance: 79.5km
- Ascent / descent: 939m / 1301m
- Weather: too hot!
- Accommodation: APA Hotel, Aomori, ¥4000
I was awake at 3:30am with the birds (and it’s also light at this time, sunrise is at 4:08!) and finally got up about 4:30am. One of my neighbours was also packing up and he came over and offered me coffee which was much needed, thanks! We chatted over the coffee, how beautiful the area was, how annoyingly early the birds start these days etc 😉 and then I was on my way at 5:30am.
Not too far from where I had camped there’s a small picturesque town called Towadako. There’s a few hotels, a youth hostel and shops, but it was too early for anything to be open. It was very peaceful and I stopped by the lakeside to enjoy the scenery (and wifi!) for a while.
I took Route 102 to leave the lake and just happened upon my favourite road of the trip so far. This road follows the Oirase Gorge which I had knowledge of until today, but it is spectacular! It was dotted with waterfalls, rock formations and a hiking trail beside the river. Even at 7:30am it was already busy with hikers and photographers. I just couldn’t resist and had to continually stop to take photos. I LOVED IT!
The temperature was soaring again and I was also climbing / pushing the bike again. It was another day in the mid 30s. I filled up my water bottles at every opportunity and even had to take my shirt off at one point and soak it in cold water in a bathroom sink before putting it back on to try and cool down.
The final descent to Aomori was so steep and long that my hands hurt from holding the brakes for so long! I checked into a hotel out of a desperate need to wash my salt-ridden clothes and get a decent sleep without the birds and daylight waking me at 3am! I was too tired to do anything other than washing and dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant. The waitress questioned me when I ordered the large pizza, worried I wouldn’t be able to eat it all. When it arrived, I had to stop myself from immediately ordering another one; it might’ve been large for Japan sizes, but not for my appetite!